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Aussies encouraged to buy local avocados

Staff Writer |
This year Woolworths has stopped sourcing Australian avocados early, opting to import New Zealand avocados over local producers’, according to Avocados Australia.

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While Australian growers supply avocados all year round, the country’s supply is boosted by New Zealand imports during the spring and summer months.

Avocados Australia’s CEO John Tyas said from September until Christmas this year, Australian avocado growers are expecting to harvest more than 17,000 tonnes of avocados – that’s about 85 million avocados.

“This volume is down a bit from last year, but should be sufficient to supply more than half of the Australian market demand during this period,” Tyas said.

“The Australian industry is expecting to supply more than 1,200 tonnes per week in September (about 6 million avocados per week), which largely meets the Australian market demand at this time.

“We know most Australian consumers prefer to buy Australian-grown avocados and we therefore encourage all of our Australian retailers to support our local avocado growers.

“Australian growers are very disappointed Woolworths has stopped sourcing locally-grown avocados for most of its Queensland stores already, given the large volumes of Australian fruit that are currently available.”

Tyas said this decision may have been made as a result of Western Australian production being predicted to be lower than last year, but there is still plenty of Australian fruit this season, particularly during spring.

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