26 Oct It’s Aussie Orange Week!
It’s Aussie Oranges Week and Aussie Orange Growers across the nation are rallying together to promote the nutrient packed Aussie Orange.
With the Australian dollar sitting so high export levels of oranges are at a five year record low, resulting in a flood of Aussie oranges nationally and forcing the returns to growers down.
“This year more than 240,000 tonnes of Aussie navels will be produced compared to 177,000 tonnes in 2010, and the quality is exceptional,” said Judith Damiani, CEO of Citrus Australia.
“Our citrus growers have survived the drought, frost and pest infestation, but unfortunately the exchange rate may be the final straw for many growers,” Ms Damiani said.
Not only do Australian oranges taste great on their own, they are delicious when freshly squeezed and can be used in a large range of cooking recipes, which is great for those winter months when we need our vitamin C!
The AFL and retailers are supporting Aussie Orange Week, launched by Citrus Australia to encourage the consumption of Australian grown oranges.
Aussie Orange Week kicks off at the MCG on August 13 when the Hawks play Port Power. Orange growers will be at the ground handing out hundreds of Aussie oranges at the end of the NAB Auskick match that is played at half time.
On August 14, spectators of the Crows taking on Geelong at AAMI Stadium in Adelaide will also be treated to oranges at the end of the NAB Auskick game.
On Tuesday August 16 between 8am and 11am, Australian orange growers will descend upon landmarks in the major cities across the country:
Sydney – Parliament House, Macquarie Street – 7:30am to 10am AEST
Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani together with Citrus Australia directors and farmers will join growers and hand out oranges at the front of Parliament House.
Brisbane – Riverside CityCat Terminal – 8am to 9:30am AEST
4-Ingredients co-founder and Orange Ambassador Kim McCosker, together with farmers, will be handing out oranges to commuters.
Adelaide – Rundle Mall (Balls in the Mall) – 7:30am to 10am CST
Growers will hand out oranges to the general public.
Melbourne – Flinders Street Station (Under clocks) – 8am to 10am AEST
Growers will hand out oranges to commuters.
Perth – Murray Street Mall, Perth City – 7:30am to 10am WST
Growers will hand out oranges to shoppers.
Make sure you support our Aussie growers and buy some Australian Oranges today!
Citrus Australia Ltd is the national peak body for citrus growers. Citrus Australia represents the industry in policy and advocacy, biosecurity, market access, promotion, research, and communications. The citrus industry in Australia is worth $540 million and represents the interests of around 2000 citrus growers. It is the largest fresh fruit exporter, with annual export earnings of around $190 million. For further information please visit www.citrusaustralia.com.au