Hass Avocado

Hass avocados are oval in shape with a "pebbly" textured skin and when ripe will yield to slight pressure and will show a purplish color.

The flesh has a creamy texture with a slighty nutty taste. It is easy to scoop the ripe flesh out of the skin of half an avo making it a quick and conveinient snack food.


Shepard Avocado

Shepard avocados are ovoid to "pearish" in shape. The skin is greenish, thin and waxy and peels easily from the flesh when the fruit is ripe. The flesh has a soft, creamy, rich texture when ripe.

Another good indication of fruit ripeness is that the fruit stalk comes off easily when the fruit is ripe.


Avocados are delicate fruit and need to be handled with care. All varieties can be refrigerated for a few days in order to maintain some firmness. If avos are stored for too long at low temperatures they will show signs of chill injury.

The natural darkening of the avocado flesh that occurs with exposure to air can be prevented
by a little sprinkling of lemon juice or vinegar.



Australia is famous for its Hass and Shepard (green skin) avocados.

This is the number of fruit of a specific size that fits into our standard P84 tray. We have the following count sizes available for export: 16 18 20 23 25 28 30 LARGE, MEDUIM, SMALL, COCKTAIL 10Kg carton.

The nett weight (fruit only) of a tray varies between 5.3kg and 5.5kg depending on the fruit size when packed.

Air Freight:
There are two standard air freight pallets available

LD3 also referred to as AV pallet; 250 trays
LD7 also referred to as PP pallet or Air pallet: 732 trays.

Sea Freight:
Sea freight orders are specially picked and packed to ensure that avocados are delivered to the vessel in the shortest possible time. This ensures the best quality fruit upon arrival at our customers.

We pack 120 trays per standard sea freight pallet. Pallets and trays have been designed to have the maximum air flow to ensure that sea freighted avocados reaches its destination in the freshest possible condition.

6m (20 ft) Reefer container:
12 pallets = 1440 trays

12m (40 ft) Reefer container:
26 pallets = 3120 trays.


Avocados were first recorded growing in Australia as early as the mid eighteenth century, however it wasn’t until the late 1920’s that an industry was established. The Australian avocado industry initially developed on the sub-tropical eastern coast of Australia at the NSW-QLD border and has since spread to all mainland states.

Up until the 1960’s, the avocado industry was considered a ‘ backyard enterprise, where it grew as a result of the fruit becoming a popular food item. In 1974, the Australian avocado industry was decimated by an outbreak of root rot due to abnormally high summer rainfall, but soon recovered, with the subsequent high market prices in the late 1970’s, resulting in a large number of trees being planted.

At present, avocados are grown commercially by around 1,300 growers across Australia, with the key production areas of Australia being north, central and south-east Queensland, northern and central NSW, Western Australia and the Sunraysia  and Riverland regions of Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

As is evidenced in Figure 1, avocado production in Australia enjoys a wide geographic distribution, which combined with selected varieties, gives fresh fruit to markets on a year-round basis. Production in Australia peaks from May to November, with lighter supplies occurring in the summer months.

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