News & events

Save the date – annual export workshop

CGA’s annual export workshop will be held on the 16th and 17th of June 2020 in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Sydney Markets Cherry Auction reaches $31,000 bid

An online fresh fruit delivery business paid $31,000 for the ceremonial first season tray of cherries at the Sydney Markets Cherry Auction last November. Bobby Tesoriero from HWY Fruits made the winning bid and was subsequently crowned the Cherry King after a hotly contested auction held on the floor of the Sydney Markets.

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Meet the growers! Buy farm fresh cherries!

What better way to celebrate summer and the start of the cherry season than gathering up family friends and visiting a cherry orchard to meet the growers, pick your own cherries or buy farm fresh cherries? To make it easy, the Victorian Cherry Association has produced the Victorian Cherry Trail brochure.

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Delivering consistent export quality… are you nailing it?

This workshop will be held at the Novotel Hotel, Brisbane, Australia on 9 October 2019. Australian horticulture fresh produce has an international reputation for “clean and green”. However, other exporting countries are improving their “clean, green” image, and often have the competitive advantage of lower production costs. To maintain our international consumer demand we could embrace competitive advantages such as delivering “consistently safe and fresh” produce with strong supply chain service and support.

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Quad bike safety

Quad bike photoDid you know quad bikes are a leading cause of farm deaths?
Even if you travel the same speed, take the same path, complete the same routine, it only takes one thing different for disaster to strike. It could be a wash-out on the track after last night’s storm, lower tyre pressure on the left-hand side, an incorrectly packed load or unexpected vermin homes – like a rabbit hole. So even though you feel like today’s routine is the same as yesterday, some things may be out of your control.
In the examples above, your quad bike can tip or roll over even at the slowest of speeds, leaving you at risk of being trapped under the vehicle. For many this has led to tragic deaths from being crushed or from asphyxiation.
There are steps you can take to make your quad bike rides safer, such as wearing a helmet, appropriate loading, not taking passengers and performing regular maintenance checks.

There’s also the Victorian Government’s safety rebate, which offers $600 towards installing an operator protective device (OPD) or $1200 towards the purchase of an alternative vehicle, such as a side-by-side.

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Agriculture Victoria energy investment grants and farm energy saving assessment

Free on-farm energy assessments for any farmer with an energy bill of over $8,000 pa (includes diesel).
After assessment, a report with recommendations and an energy plan ffor the future are provided. Some recommendations can be implemented without incurring any costs.
The second stage include grants (50% co-contribution) for items identified in the assessment that could include items like solar panels, pumps, coolrooms or curtain cooling.

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Improve your business' refrigeration efficiency – video series

Refrigeration systems consume large amounts of electricity and depending on the industry can be responsible for up to 85% of a business’s total energy consumption.
Sustainability Victoria is providing free refrigeration masterclass webinars to equip businesses with the knowledge and confidence to better manage their refrigeration systems.

Join Michael Bellstedt, one of Australia’s leading refrigeration specialists, on a six-part webinar series that will teach you about your refrigeration system in an easy to follow format. These webinars can be viewed separately or sequentially as a series. Appropriate for business owners with any level of knowledge about their business.

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Hort Connections 2019, 24-26 June at the Mebourne Exhibition Centre

Are you ready for the most influential event of the year?

Hort Connections 2019 is a space for networking, education and business for the entire fresh produce industry and it is coming to Melbourne this June 24-26.

If you haven’t already, be sure to register now and get ready for more info, more food and more fun than ever before.

Hort Innovation can’t wait to see you there and this year, our highlights include a jam-packed stand featuring…

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New Cherry Industry Biosecurity Manual out now

The new biosecurity manual is out now.

Watch the video here

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Webinar: Australian fresh produce exports to South Asia

12 June 2019, 2.30-3.30pm

Join this interactive webinar to gain the latest market insights on exports of Australian fresh produce to South Asia. With a growing health consciousness amongst an expanding consumer class in South Asia there are many lucrative opportunities for Australian businesses.
Why attend?

  • receive an update on the market and opportunities for imported fruit in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  • gain an insight into current trends in the fresh produce sector in South Asia
  • hear from market experts, including a leading importer.


Mr Tarun Arora, Director, IG International Pvt Ltd
Dr Mark Morley, Trade Commissioner – India and Pakistan, Austrade

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