AUSTRALIAN avocados are the latest premium fresh fruit to be exported to Japan, opening up market opportunities for other horticultural products.
The ‘ Aussie Avo’ was ceremoniously launched at a high-profile event at the Australian embassy in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Government officials from both sides were in attendance, along with Japanese importers and retailers as well as industry representatives from Hort Innovation and Avocados Australia.
Hort Innovation chief executive officer Matt Brand said Australia has built a solid reputation for its premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables and is globally recognised for delivering high-end produce that has undergone the most rigorous inspections along all stages of the supply chain.
“Table grapes and citrus fruits are already established export products in the Japanese market and their market success has demonstrated a willingness by consumers to pay a premium price for high-quality produce,” he said.
“Japan is wholly dependent on avocado imports for their national supply. Until now, their avocados were predominantly sourced from Mexico and to a lesser extent, Peru, the US and New Zealand.
“Introducing our premium Australian avocados into the marketplace offers Japanese consumers a point of difference to their current supply, which will deepen their affinity for Australian products and strengthen trade ties with local exporters.
“We are confident that this new market access opportunity will enhance trade relations with Japan, and in time, open up market access for other premium fresh fruit and vegetable items.”
Avocados Australia chief executive officer John Tyas said the new trade agreement was very exciting news for the avocado industry.
“It is very exciting for the industry that we can now add Japan to our exclusive list of export destinations for our top-quality premium Hass avocados,” he said.
“The industry in Australia is growing rapidly and we are very confident that Australia will be producing about 115,000 tonnes of avocados per year by 2025.
“This is 50 per cent more than our current production, and expanding our domestic and international markets is essential.”