Seeka eyes sale/leaseback of orchards to drive growth

New Zealand kiwifruit and pear grower and marketer Seeka is looking at the sale and leaseback of its Australian kiwifruit orchards as part of a growth strategy for the fruit in the country, but will retain ownership of pear orchards. Seeka Sales Manager Cameron Carter talks pears at Asia Fruit Logistica, in Hong Kong, in [...]

By |August 6th, 2019|Pears|

Future Orchards® Pear Masterclass 2019

Coming up for the Goulburn Valley, APAL in partnership with Fruit Growers Victoria is pleased to announce the next Pear Masterclass planned as part of the Future Orchards® project. This upcoming round will focus on orchard practices and crop regulation to increase production and improve pear quality. Speakers will include Dr Ian Goodwin, Marcel Veens, [...]

Call for APAL Director nominations

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd is seeking nominations from A Class members who live in Tasmania or Queensland, and/or grow pears and are interested in filling three Director vacancies on the Board of APAL representing the states of Tasmania, Queensland, and Pears respectively. APAL Directors hold office for three years, after which time the position falls [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|APAL, News, Pears, Queensland, Tasmania|

Dry conditions impact Victoria’s apple and pear crops

Written by Amelia Pepe. This article originally appeared on The Weekly Times on 19/6/2019. Volumes down: Fruit Growers Victoria grower services manager Michael Crisera said the remainder of this year’s apple and pear season has seen little respite from the dry conditions facing growers across Victoria. Pear and apple volumes in Victoria have [...]

Consumer insights to drive refreshed pear marketing

New levy-funded research into pear consumer attitudes and perceptions will underpin refreshed Australian Pear branding and marketing reports Hort Innovation Marketing Manager Apple and Pears Olivia Grey. Following a tender process, research agency Fifty-Five Five has been engaged by Hort Innovation to undertake marketing levy-funded consumer research for the pear industry. One of the recommendations [...]

Ricó pears ready to roll

This article was originally published on Fruitnet on 26 March. Written by Matthew Jones. A new branded variety being grown in Australia's Goulburn Valley looks set to add plenty of personality to the pear category, with sales to begin in July. Characterised by a bright red blush, Ricó pears will hit retail shelves for a short time [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Marketing, News, Pears|

Humble pear gets a makeover

This article was originally published on Country News on 27/2/2019. Sweet surprise... Ardmona grower Rocky Varapodio will harvest a new pear variety in 2020. Rocky Varapodio has a plan to bring the humble pear into the 21st century. The third-generation Ardmona grower and packer says without modern varieties in this fruit category, pears will [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Pears, Varieties and rootstock, Victoria|

Exciting times for an expanding South Australian orchard

  This article was originally published on Magarey Orchard is celebrating its 110th anniversary and has been growing pears for over a century.   Magarey Orchard is expanding its plum production, with extra plantings set to increase its volumes within the next five years. Cousins Judy and Eljsa Magarey are fifth generation farmers, and [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Growing, Pears, South Australia|

Introducing Goulburn River Gold® pears

To build on export opportunities to Asia and other priority markets, APAL is assisting the Goulburn Valley pear growers’ group in developing a brand to be used exclusively by program participants. The brand will be used to deliver a high-quality Australian pear to retailers and consumers. It borrows some of the best elements of successful [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Marketing, News, Pears|

Pears attract strong buyer interest at Asia Fruit Logistica

The launch of a new premium-pear brand Goulburn River Gold® and blush pear Fránk™ at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong in September attracted strong interest from international buyers. Australian exhibitors reported a string of trade enquiries for the blush pear ANP-0131 that was bred at the Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura-based Australian National Pear Breeding Program. [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Exporting, Marketing, News, Pears|