September 2022 update

By Jen Scoular

As one of the first global trade events to be hosted in New Zealand since our country re-opened its borders, the World Avocado Congress NZ 2023 is shaping up to be an event not to be missed.

Interest in the World Avocado Congress continues to grow with more than 500 delegates registered from 14 countries to date, including Mexico, America, Israel and Australia.

TOMRA Foods and Maf Roda Agrobotic have recently joined the World Avocado Congress as global gold sponsors. They join Mission Produce, the first global platinum sponsor, and New Zealand sponsors including Darling Group, Avoco, Radfords Software and Seeka. Event partners include Plant & Food Research, Auckland Unlimited, Tourism New Zealand and Horticulture New Zealand.

The first cohort of keynote speakers has now been confirmed, these include:

  • Professor Andrew Robson, Director of the University of New England’s Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre in Australia
  • Brent Clothier, Principal Scientist with Plant & Food Research NZ
  • Professor Dov Prusky, a leading scientist at the Volcani Centre in Israel
  • Florence Van Dyke, Head of Sustainability at NZ Trade and Enterprise
  • Francisco Mena Völker, partner at GAMA in Chile
  • Lain Jager, former CEO of Zespri International, Co-Chair of Te Puna Whakaaronui
  • Professor Sarah McLaren, Massey University, Director of the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre
  • Jen Scoular, CEO of NZ Avocado and President of the World Avocado Congress Committee

The scientific and marketing committees have developed programme outlines and are now seeking abstracts from researchers, innovators and movers and shakers. More information can be found online at:

The online exhibition portal is now open on the World Avocado Congress website. Prospective exhibitors can find out more here:

Tania Bui, the Marketing Transformation Lead (Asia Pacific) at Suntory Beverage & Food and Bjoern Spreitzer, General Manager New Zealand & Business Events at Tourism NZ, join Dave Flett and Jen Scoular from NZ Avocado on the board of World Avocado Congress NZ Ltd.

With less than six months to go, we’re counting down and cannot wait to host this incredible event!

For more information about the World Avocado Congress NZ 2023 visit the website: or email:

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