PS: UPDATE “Built By Almond Growers For Almond Growers” Closure dates Almondco processing facility will close down for Christmas OFFICIAL GROWER NEWSLETTER OF ALMONDCO AUSTRALIA - Christmas, 2006 Merry Christmas on Wednesday, December 20. Almondco Almond Hut will close at 4pm on Friday, December 22 Chris Rover, centre, with workmates for Christmas. Almondco will resume Profile Chris Rover Michelle Nelson and sister Kerry Preen, right. Inset: General manager Brenton Woolston presented Chris with operations on January a gift to mark her 10-years service. www.almondco.com.au Phone: 08-85951770. Fax: 08-85951559 3, 2007. Chris clocks up 10 years service Chris Rover is not your average cleaner. seems to run out of energy. It is folklore She has a pivotal role to play at Almondco, within the family that she will often finish an maintaining the highest possible quality afternoon shift at Almondco, and then head standards within our processing facility at out to the family farm to help move trucks Renmark. Chris is in charge of maintaining or load up super in the early hours of the the cleanliness of the blanching equipment morning. in the factory and has been with the “I’ve enjoyed my job here. They’ve been good company for 10 years. to me and there is always a bit of give and General manager Brenton Woolston presented take.” Chris with her 10-year service award at a “I love the afternoon work, it gives me a staff consultation meeting earlier this month. chance to get my farm work done in the Chris grew up in Berri before moving to Murtho mornings.” when she married Malcolm Rover. Chris is the older sister of Operations Manager They have been married for 38 years, and Kerry Preen, who was the youngest of five have four boys and seven grandchildren. Her sisters: “Kerry used to babysit my kids when son Matt also works at Almondco. she was at high school so I could work at the Chris is one of those workaholics who never cannery,” Chris recalled. Staff briefed on new uniform policy Staff at the end of year & Happy New Year company On behalf of the board, management and update Almondco Australia staff hard at work in the lead up to Christmas at our Renmark processing plant. Top right: Almondco Almond Hut co- At a consultation meeting this month staff were staff at Almondco Australia, we wish you and your manager Fiona Anderson. The factory- given an overview of the company’s vision for the direct gift shop which stocks more than Sturt Highway future from general manager Brenton Woolston. family best wishes for the season and another 60 almond-based products has been Brenton praised staff for their team work and posi- PO Box 1744, tive attitide as well as presenting Chris Rover prosperous year ahead. extremely busy during the festive season. Renmark, 5341 with her 10-year service award. South Australia The company’s new uniform policy was also out- Telephone: 08 8595 1770 lined. Kind Regards Fax: 08 8595 1559 All factory workers will be provided with clean uni- email@example.com forms on site each day. The move is another step Brenton Woolston www.almondco.com.au to improve the quality controls within the plant. A representative from Ensign gave a presentation Marketing Manager Amos Weigall models the new General Manager and outlined the new procedures that will take uniforms that will be worn by all Almondco staff in the Almondco Australia effect when the new season intake begins. factory next season. Supplies tight as Grower profile demand grows Market Report Smart growers Harvest Talk By Peter Bartlett Grading By Amos Weigall Marketing Manager Advice Capital Almondco have improved the Grading Advice The Australian market has been tightly report by including the supplied, with limited availability of whole various charges on the upgrades kernel. Supply may run out sooner than revised report. expected with most customers’ sales A Grading Advice is performance better than in 2005. issued for each It will be a juggling act to stretch supply undertaken delivery of grower into the keenly awaited new season. almonds and has Imports to Australia can be procured always included the at prices below that for local product Quality Assessment however the market preference is to stay details. with Australian product. In future this report will This stunning morning shot at Rijami was taken by Mike Smart. Inset from Early shipment is being sought by both also include other export and domestic markets and it will Personally left: Richard Smart, Mike Smart and Steven Kaye. charge information be a race to get the first available new Keeping it in the family such as statutory season crop processed. Export bookings for 2007 have already Kept at work levy, hulling/shelling, dehydrating, pre- exceeded 50% of 2006 shipments and is expected that 80% of total shipments will Matt Rover at the new cyclone In-Skip vaccuum that was installed with the cutting line cooling system. Top left: The new cutting line cooler was imported from Spain. by the birds Richard Smart has been in the almond industry for the past 13 years. His family’s Rijami property at Murtho, via Paringa, features many of the sorting etc, and will allow growers to be booked prior to the new season start. record these details as to process the relevant information as The expectation is that kernel size will Quality provided by you, we need all the forms Almondco Almond Hut’s Fiona Anderson is being kept at latest innovations in irrigation and horticulture technology. As the property has been developed over the years, irrigation systems the season progresses rather than wait for dramatically change from this season to returned. have been upgraded. work by Almondco’s resident the first Almond Value next. The record volume of next year’s By Faye Sharp, This also applies to the status of your plovers. They recently commissioned a fully automated dripper system to a large Calculation Advice in harvest will likely push sizes below average. While size prediction remains Quality Manager HACCP system - a reminder that the growers independent of the AQS quality Every time Fiona tries to walk section of the orchard. July of each year. to her car after work, the Richard leaves most of the hands-on running of the property to son Please note that the a shaky science, estimation in advance A number of improvements are currently system need to copy their most recent Michael and son-in-law Steve and they have always been strong is necessary to place products that are two plovers who are nesting dollar values may vary being implemented in the QA area and HACCP certification for our records. This on our front lawns take the supporters of Almondco. slightly with rounding going to be available. will be operational prior to the 2007 sea- is most important for newly contracted Richard is a board member of the company and the Almond Board of skies and swoop our friendly when summarized California is steadily moving through their crop son. We are installing: growers, before delivery of product to sales assistant. After several Australia. on the Almond Value of 1,050 million pounds, with 430 million • New digital moisture meters Almondco in 2007. hasty retreats to the offices, Calculation Advice. We pounds sold at the end of November. This • New QA and data capture software. This If you are in the process of getting, or don’t other staff have had to escort appreciate suggestions rate of sales is pleasing and has had a paperless system was created specifi- currently have HACCP accreditation, Fiona to her car so she can from growers for stabilizing effect on the market. cally for Almondco and allows for real please inform us so that other control go home. improvements in any With a jump in the 2006 supply, of time reporting. measures to ensure safe food practices of our paperwork. approximately 20%, the market started • Bio Trace swabbing monitor to verify can be applied. If you need help or All suggestions are out nervously and prices dropped in cleaning and hygiene practices advice on obtaining HACCP, please don’t reviewed – remember September. • New metal detectors for Natural, Value hesitate to call me. we are working for you. added and Mealer lines May I take this opportunity to wish you all a An all-time record shipment volume of 150 million pounds in October, and a strong There are still outstanding Supplier Profile forms! safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and despite the impositions of water Drought Site works to begin shipment of 111 million pounds sent in November, has steadied the market. Thank you to the growers who have responded, but to enable management restrictions that you all have a great 2007 almond season. Hotline Pricing since September has also improved by approximately US$0.15/pound, with Grandparents Extensive site works will start early in the New Year at Almondco’s Growers are reminded that a new service has Non Pareil (count23/25 SSR) trading at processing facility. been established to approximately US$2.70/pound. Faye and Gordon Sharp have We will be introducing rear lane access via Gregory Road for our freight assist primary producers The recently acquired Heart Foundation Maintenance manager Mick Jennings become grandparents for the service providers. This will take the pressure off our Sturt Highway through the drought Tick of Approval for almonds is a checking the progress of the cutting third time. entrance and give us direct access to Industry Park. conditions. A free call line welcome endorsement for our health“E” Daughter Wendy presented has been set up. line’s new cooling system, which Work to enclose the receival area in between our existing buildings is product. With growing public awareness has assisted the packing process. them with a granddaughter about to begin. We plan to double the size of the fumigation facility as Phone: 180 2020 of nuts’ health benefits, this endorsement Almonds are heated by the plasticiser weighing seven pounds at part of the process. Bringing the facility under one roof has meant a (*Mobile phone charges apply) will assist in increasing demand for the to assist in the cutting process and Flinders Medical Centre in complete upgrade of emergency fire facilities outside the factory. Or go to www.service. then funnelled through the cooler so Adelaide on November 28. sa.gov.au/drought.asp humble almond. Inside the facility there has been several exciting equipment upgrades they can be packed immediately. undertaken as outlined by Faye Sharp in her quality report.