On the 5th of June, Amy Crossman & Linnea Barlow from speediestaffsoltions made their way to Stuarts Point, NSW, for the Avocados Australia Regional Meeting. It was there we discussed Industry updates from their CEO John Tyas- as you guessed it Avocados are on the rise and up 10% in export and have turned into a 400 million dollar industry. Holy Guacamole! Potential issues with having so many new trees in the ground to keep up with the demand can include prices go down but also that there will be a need for new export markets to send ALL these Avocadoes to. The theme of how Avocadoes can continue to be a TOP crop is the Quality. Hort Connections shared with us all of the results of research that included the Best Practice Guide for keeping quality from tree to store as well as how quality can be maintained from the retail side and what the industry is doing about it. 25% of all fruit is internally damaged from; bruising, rots, browning, and internal discoloration. All of this information shared made it very clear the importance of our staff picking according to the standard by farm managers, being very careful when placing in the bins, covering the fruit right after they dump their bags or complete the bin in order to avoid sunburn that can lead to damage internally. We also received a visit from SafeWork in regards to Elevated Work Platforms, EWP and an issue that happened in 2015 with a fall; it’s important for any worker to have a lanyard to avoid injury on farm.