Sharing the Kiwi avocado industry with the world

Avocados will be the star of the show at the World Avocado Congress in April next year. Photo: Getty Images

World Avocado Congress (WAC) delegates will be descending onto New Zealand’s shores in early April 2023.

For the first time, New Zealand is hosting the World Avocado Congress (held every four years) which will be held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, the days surrounding the event will include Field Trips to select locations which highlight various areas of the NZ Avocado Industry.

Darling Group chief operating officer Jacob Darling says the company is proud to be the Kiwi Gold level sponsor, it reflects the importance of international business for the group and the consistent growth they are seeing in the New Zealand avocado industry.

While New Zealand avocados represent just two per cent of the global avocado supply, the NZ industry is in a phase of growth and significant development, including Darling Group’s focus on exporting New Zealand avocados to key Asian markets and beyond.

Jacob says Darling Group is excited to be able to share with the world the initiatives that the New Zealand Avocado industry has implemented during the time that the Darling family have been in the business.

After a very recent trip to South America to visit large-scale orchards and marketing companies, Jacob sees many opportunities for learning and improvisation within the industry.

“This means the World Avocado Congress will be a great opportunity to learn from countries that are at the top of their game. “

In 2019 the congress was hosted in Columbia, with more than 3000 delegates passing through the doors.

“We hope we can draw similar numbers in 2023 and look forward to seeing many familiar faces from the bay there.”


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