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                                                                                                                                                                        “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-
admin@almondco.com.au        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.

				
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