Media source: APAL – Nets slim defence against flying foxes
NSW apple and cherry growers Bernard (pictured) and Fiona Hall began installing netting 17 years ago to protect against hail, birds and flying foxes.
By Jeanette Severs
Flying foxes are considered keystone species in the Australian landscape. However, they have significant impact on orchards – even with netting. Predation can result in 5-100 per cent production losses.
The urbanisation of coastal towns, supported by clearing of native vegetation, has led to flying foxes looking to orchards for food sources.
In a comprehensive assessment for the 2017 Raymond Terrace Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan, grey-headed and black flying foxes were found throughout eastern Australia, generally within 200km of the coast, and in Tasmania and South Australia. The report cited research showing … read more
Media source: Fresh Plaza – ‘AU: NSW exporters to benefit from regional freight airports plan’
A government plan to provide regional freight airports in NSW would halve the delivery time for produce grown in Orange, according to cherry grower Fiona Hall.
Mrs Hall has welcomed plans announced by deputy premier John Barilaro for an investigation into creating freight terminals.
She said if Orange Regional Airport was chosen it could reduce the time it took to “pick, pack and send” cherries and other fruit from Orange to key south-east Asian markets from 48-72 hours down to 24 hours.
“It is all about the timing of getting to the market before our competitors,” she said.
Currently, trucks take the fruit from the packing and processing shed on her property, Caernarvon, to Sydney airport. She said about 1300 tonnes of cherries were transported across the annual six-week cherry season bound for Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and China. …read more
Australia: BiteRiot! preparing to send cherries directly to the Chinese Market
The company produces premium apples and cherries in the Mount Canobolas district, west of Sydney. Owner Fiona Hall says ‘BiteRiot!’ is hoping to airfreight at least three shipments a week, and it will be a major boost not having to go through Hong Kong. BiteRiot! along with partner Vincent Chan of TopFruit have established a distribution facility in Guangzhou and Shanghai to service the e-commerce channels.
Read the full media release: Australia: BiteRiot! preparing to send cherries directly to the Chinese Market
Media Source: Weekly Times: Cherry and apple farming: Fiona and Bernard Hall from Orange grow for the future
By: NICOLA BELL, The Weekly Times,
INVESTING in new technology and developing a branding and marketing strategy have allowed Fiona and Bernard Hall to grow their cherry and apple business.
This is despite significant industry contraction in their district and declining domestic apple consumption.
The couple are the owners of Caernarvon Cherry Co at Orange, in central west NSW, a cherry growing, packing and marketing operation, and the co-owners of Bonny Glen Fruits, along with Bernard’s brother, Tim Hall, growing and marketing apples.
“We can have cherries picked, packed and landed in South East Asia in 48 hours … Chile is our biggest competitor in cherries and they have to send theirs by sea freight,”
We’re loving the new varieties that are coming onto the market and have spent the past few years preparing our Kanzi apples for production. We hope you get to enjoy one soon!