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Journalists who would like an interview with an APAL staff member or Board Director, or who want information on the apple and pear industry in Australia are welcome to contact Alison Barber Communications & Industry Engagement, on, 03 9329 3511 or 0424 004 070 or Richelle Zealley Communications & Events Officer, on, 0438 364 728.

APAL appointment to enhance industry decision making

APAL is pleased to welcome Hui Dang to the team in the role of Data Scientist. Her main role will be to manage, collect, and analyse data across the full spectrum of the apple and pear industry, including the analysis of data sets and the identification of patterns and trends. She will also be involved [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Industry Data, News|

East-West Collaboration Tackles Costly Pest

Fruit flies cost Western Australia’s horticulture industry $10.2 million per annum in lost production and control measures so it’s little wonder scientists, growers and government are investing heavily to tackle the pest once and for all. Recently invited to view WA’s Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facilities in Perth and Carnarvon, Victorian Goulburn Murray Valley Regional [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Free online Chain of Responsiblity training

A free training unit developed by AgSafe to provide an overview of the significantly-expanded new Chain of Responsibility  provisions in relation to heavy vehicle operation is now available online. The changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that came into effect on 1 October 2018 align Chain of Responsibility more closely with work health and [...]

SA Hailstorm update

Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) CEO Susie Green has given an update on the damage to crops incurred during the hailstorm two weeks ago. APGASA undertook damage assessments late last week by sampling around 85 blocks across the Adelaide Hills Region, with at least one sample collected from nearly every grower. As [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Apple consumer data now available online

Reports on consumer apple-purchasing behaviour, by volume, and by value, are now available via an online levy-funded dashboard Harvest to Home. Harvest to Home is an analytics tool, developed by global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen Australia, and Hort Innovation, providing insights on market performance and shopper behaviour for a range of industries. Reports are housed [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Hort Innovation, Industry Data, News|

SA growers count crop losses after hail strikes again

  APGASA CEO Susie Green addresses a grower meeting to discuss assessment of damage and next steps in the wake of last week's severe hail storms. For the second consecutive year, growers in the South Australian Adelaide Hills have been struck by severe hail storms, just as the new season's young fruit was [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Trans-Tasman biosecurity alliance

Led by Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) and New Zealand’s Better Border Biosecurity (B3NZ) and cemented by a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and New Zealand, a new joint initiative will focus on biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) efforts at pre-border, border, and post-border stages. The initiative also aims to build capacity to [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Biosecurity, News|

Protecting Workers – Agriculture’s Licence to Operate

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) has categorically condemned the mistreatment of agricultural workers and denounced unscrupulous operators who damage the ‘clean, green’ reputation of Australian industry as a whole. Responding to the Harvest Trail Inquiry final report released by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), APAL has expressed serious concern at the level of non-compliance detailed [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

Finding new growth in a mature market

It can often be a challenge to find new ways to grow in mature categories already purchased by most Australian households like Apples and Pears; however, Nielsen Homescan analysis reveals that there are pockets of opportunity for both. Focusing on particular varieties or packs; and increasing purchase frequency by inspiring consumers to use apples and [...]

By |November 15th, 2018|Hort Innovation apple and pear marketing, Market insights, News|

APAL appointment signals export readiness kick-off

New APAL Industry Services and Export Manager Justin Smith Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Smith to the role of Industry Services & Export Manager. CEO Phil Turnbull said redressing a historical imbalance of investment and focus, particularly in terms of market access and [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Exporting, News|