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Important notifications regarding spray, registrations and spray diaries

Are you picking over the Christmas - New Year holiday? Ensure your registrations and compliance are up to date...  If you are intending to pick over the Christmas - New Year holiday period then please ensure your PPIN applications, Export Registrations and Spray Diary verifications are completed by 8am Monday 22 December 2014 to ensure timely processing by the NZ Avocado office. CAUTION WHEN USING CHLORPYRIPHOS (e.g. Lorsban) Growers are cautioned when using chlorpyrifos (e.g. Lorsban) on trees that still have fruit to pick over the remainder of the export season.  Currently the MRL (maximum residue limit) for chlorpyrifos (e.g. Lorsban) is 0.5mg/kg for Australia and 0.2mg/kg for New Zealand. The WHPs (withholding periods) are 14 days and 35 days respectively.  We strongly advise growers to contact their packhouse prior to application of chlorpyrifos (e.g. Lorsban) to discuss their intended pick date and their options. PLEASE NOTE: If chlorpyrifos (e.g. Lorsban) has been applied together with oil and/or as a high concentration/low volume spray, a clear residue test is required prior to harvest.  NZ Avocado staff contacts over Christmas - New Year  The NZ Avocado office will be closed from Midday 24 December 2014 and will open again 5 January 2014. Should you have an urgent query during this time, the following staff are available: Jen Scoular 021 741 014 Glenys Parton 0274 99 70 81

Why the Amazing Avocado Will Help You Curb Cravings

Research shows adding a few slices of avocado to your lunch will slash your desire to eat over the next three hours by 40 per cent compared to eating the same meal without it. A study, published in Nutrition Journal*, focussed on overweight adults to see if avocado consumption helped them feel more satisfied and reduced their desire to eat in the following few hours. Researchers at Loma Linda University in the United States conducted randomized single-blind crossover trials where participants ate a standard breakfast followed by one of three test lunches – one without avocado, one that included avocado and one where extra avocado was added. The volunteers’ glucose and insulin responses were measured, along with their feelings of satisfaction and desire to eat over the next five hours.The study found those who added half a fresh avocado to their lunch reported a 40 per cent decrease in desire to eat again over the next three hours, and a 28 per cent decrease in the following five hours. Participants also reported feeling more satisfied (26 per cent) during the course of the afternoon following their avocado lunch.Satiety is an important factor in weight management, because people who feel satisfied are less likely to snack between meals, said Dr Joan Sabaté, Chair of the Department of Nutrition who led the research team at Loma Linda University. It was also noted that though adding avocados increased participants' calorie and carbohydrate intake at lunch, there was no increase in blood sugar levels beyond what was observed after eating the standard lunch. This leads them to believe that avocado’s potential role in blood sugar management is worth further investigation. The study was funded by the American-based Hass Avocado Board. New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen Scoular says there are many international studies underway to uncover the health benefits of avocados. "Other research published in Nutrition Journal found people who regularly eat avocados weigh 3.4kg less on average, and have waistlines around 4cm smaller, than those who don’t,” Scoular says. "Avocados are rich in monounsaturated (‘good’) fats and are a low GI (glycemic index) food, so they will help you to feel fuller for longer.” Another reason avocado will help fill you up is they are packed with fibre. Half an avocado will provide more than 25 per cent of your daily recommended fibre intake. "They’re an absolute powerhouse when it comes to providing your body with the nutrients it needs each day. They also help your body absorb more nutrients from other fruit and vegetables you eat with avocado,” Scoular explains. Boosting your avocado intake is easy as this home-grown fruit is extremely versatile. You can add a few slices to your favourite omelette, sandwich or salad, or eat them on toast at any time of day. "You can also blend them into smoothies or use them as a butter and oil substitute when baking or making desserts,” she says. "Their creamy texture makes them perfect for mousses, ice cream and cheesecakes. Delicious and healthy!” URL: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/fl-nre010714.php About New Zealand Avocado Avocados are the third-largest fresh fruit export from New Zealand. New Zealand Avocado works with the New Zealand industry to set export standards, facilitate market access, promote avocados from New Zealand and provide technical information to all New Zealand growers, of which there are more than 1600, based mainly in the Bay of Plenty and Northland. www.nzavocado.co.nz www.facebook.com/nzavocado www.twitter.com/NZ_Avocado www.instagram.com/nzavocado www.youtube.com/nzavocado For media assistance, please contact:  Midge Munro Communications Manager Avocado Industry Council midge.munro@nzavocado.co.nz 64 27 306 7089 64 7 571 6147  Bridgette Paton-Tapsell Village Public Relations | Marketing b@villagenz.com 64 27 553 3929 64 7 572 1608  

Call for submissions to 2015-16 Export Marketing strategy (EMS)

As part of the annual review of the Export Marketing Strategy (EMS), we are now asking for your submissions. Submissions must be received by Edwina at AIC by 17 February 2015 for consideration in the 2015-16 EMS.  Please use the submission form which can be downloaded by clicking here Please note below the EMS process timeline for your information: November 2014 - Call for EMS Submissions – template provided 17 February 2015 - All submissions due 25 February 2014 - EMS working group meeting (1) 12 March 2015 - Discussion document loaded onto website requesting feedback 25 March 2015 - EMS working group meeting (2) 7 April 2015 - Discussion document loaded onto websites for further feedback 24 April 2015 – Board meeting – approve EMS Late April /mid May 2015 - HEA Board – approve EMS Mid May - EMS loaded onto website and distributed, Call for Exporter & Packer contracts

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Upcoming Events

8th World Avocado Congress

10:00 AM, 13 September 2015

The 8th World Avocado congress will be held in Lima,  Perú from the 13th to 18th of September 2015. The Scientific committee invites you to participate in this event and prepare your research works and submit your abstracts at your convenience. http://www.wacperu2015.com/  If you need more details please do not hesitate to contact the Scientific committee comitecientifico@wacperu2015.com 

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