Industry Issues

State Associations round up

On Tuesday 12 Feb, APAL Head of Advocacy and Government Relations Jeremy Griffith hosted a State Associations teleconference with the goal of bringing together state grower bodies and facilitate collaboration. Present on the call were representatives from every apple and pear growing state: Fruit Growers Victoria, Fruit Growers Tasmania, NSW Farmers, APGASA (SA), Growcom (Qld), [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Advocacy, Industry Issues, News|

Positive test for Listeria – what next?

“Your apples have tested positive for Listeria” What happens when you answer the phone to find your fruit has tested presumptive positive for Listeria monocytogenes? A quality assurance consultant for an apple producer who took just such a call tells his story. How were you notified? Our wholesale market agent advised that fruit had tested [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Education, Hygiene and food safety, Industry Issues|

APAL Chair on future readiness

APAL Chair, Michele Allan, yesterday highlighted the need for greater cross-sector collaboration, rapid commercialisation of R&D techniques, and a stronger focus on ‘customer centricity’ as just three important challenges facing apple and pear growers. Speaking at APAL’s AGM in Melbourne on Tuesday 30 October, Michele said increasing focus on ‘customer centricity’ would be important for [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|Industry Issues, News|

US apple imports to be considered

Apple and Pear Industry Update APAL has been advised that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will begin an import risk analysis for apples from the Pacific Northwest States (Oregon, Idaho and Washington) of the United States of America in November 2018. This is the result of a direct request by the US Government. [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|Biosecurity, Industry Issues, News|

Industry strategy: Laying out the industry plan for action

Over the next five years, the apple and pear industry has the potential to positively shift its commercial and sustainability prospects. This is the core message to come out of the new Apple and Pear Industry Strategy 2018-2023 co-ordinated on behalf of the industry by APAL.  It’s a positive outlook for growers operating in an [...]

By |October 15th, 2018|Industry Issues, News|

Plans for national crisis management plan

Apple and pear industry groups will work together to develop a national cross-jurisdictional crisis management plan to ensure consumers have access to clear, consistent, and fact-based information in the event of any future concerns around food safety. State apple and pear association representatives meeting at an APAL-convened gathering in Melbourne on 8 October to discuss [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|Industry Issues, News|

Proposed changes to Horticulture Award

The Fair Work Commission is currently finalising changes to employee arrangements within the Horticulture Award. The Commission’s provisional view is that overtime will be introduced to the arrangements for casual employees. It involves an average of hours worked over eight weeks, those hours being worked between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday by [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Grant offers hope to register product for Alternaria disease

In a recent development for apple growers concerned about the disease-causing fungus Alternaria, the Australian Government will fund research to support the registration of the crop protection product Switch (Cyprodinil and Fludioxonil) for Alternaria. The funding was announced under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s AgVet Chemical Grants Program to improve farmers’ access to agvet [...]

APAL seeks fair pricing for apple and pear growers

Australian apple and pear growers are calling on marketers and retailers to set fair prices for new season fruit and not use the current surplus to sell quality fruit at below-cost prices. Current prices paid for new season pears are not covering the cost of production. The industry’s peak body Apple & Pear [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Advocacy, Industry Issues, News, Pears|

Strategic Investment Plan out now

The Apple and Pear Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) has been released by Hort Innovation to help guide its oversight and management of levy investments over the next five years. The SIP (2017-2021) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents the balanced interest of the industry. An important function of the SIP [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Hort Innovation, Industry Issues, News|