In setting meeting dates for 2012, the contribution of board directors and subcommittee members was brought home. Providing the expert industry input to address issues across the supply chain and to develop initiatives to continue the development of the industry, the effort and time of Committee members is the foundation of the ABA. As mentioned in previous Nutshell articles the coming
The 2011 year is drawing to an end and it has been a busy one for the Directors and staff of the Almond Board of Australia. There has recently been changes to the ABA Board of Directors with Damien Houlahan being elected as one of the three marketing directors at the recent AGM and will join Brenton Woolston, who was also re-elected and Grant Birrell in these positions. The grower directors elected unopposed were Domenic Cavallaro, Tony Spiers, Neale Bennett and Denis Dinicola. The other grower directors whose terms end in 2012 are Tim Orr and Brendan Sidhu. At the AGM the services of retiring director, Tim Millen were recognised.
The good news stories during recent months such as Almondco’s export marketing award and the announcement of Olam’s processing facility at Carwarp continues to raise awareness of the growing stature of the almond industry. As 2011 draws to an end it is worthy of note that during the year a closer relationship with the Almond Board of California has developed culminating with the ABA hosting Richard Waycott and Bob Curtis at our recent Conference. Both men were generous with both their time and the insights they shared with our industry. Richard’s presentation reflected the depth of knowledge and the systematic method of acquiring market information that has seen their recent huge crops cleared at record monthly sales tonnages. The Conference presentation by Nigel Carey of Nut Producers Australia also displayed that although a much smaller player on world markets, Australia’s marketing was based on a sound understanding of our markets and our strengths. I would take this opportunity to thank all the Conference presenters who made this year’s event a successful one. With 210 attendees, the Conference was a source of information for those involved across the industry. The continuing support of those attending and sponsoring the event is much appreciated. May 2012 be a happy and fulfilling year for all.
harvest will be our largest by far and expand our volume to be marketed by
65%. The additional 25,000 tonnes will be exported as the domestic market is a relatively stable 15,000 tonnes. The good news is the Australian marketers will enter the new year with no carryover of the 2011 crop having cleared stock well before the end of the marketing year in February. This places the industry to take full advantage of a high quality crop if this can be delivered. The expansion of the almond industry in traditional horticultural regions has
delivered significant economic and employment benefits. The investment in orchards and new processing facilities during 2011 and planned for 2012 will continue to provide this much needed boost to our communities.
In addition, a special resolution was passed at the AGM to add a grower director from Western Australia’s Swan Region to the Board in recognition of the significant plantings that have been established in that area and now represent over 5% of total industry orchards. It is anticipated that this position will be filled as a casual vacancy before an election for the position is held at the 2012 AGM. At the November Board meeting, Brendan Sidhu was re-elected as ABA Chair for 2011-12 with Neale Bennett as Deputy Chair. The Committee roles for the Board Directors were allocated and the Chairs appointed for the Sub Committees for Plant Improvement, Production, Processing and Marketing.
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