AVOCADO

Halls is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of avocados. Halls was the first avocado operation globally to achieve an ISO9000 Universal Quality accreditation.

Avocado Orchards

The avocado, now widely regarded as a super fruit due to its many health benefits, is packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

For optimum yield and quality, avocado production requires particular orchard management practices to be carried out within specific physiological windows. At Halls, we adopt the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to ensure the crop is cultivated within a harmonious and sustainable environment, whilst protecting it from particular insects. These pre-emptive measures of monitoring help to reduce the dependence on plant protection sprays.

Post-harvest handling from orchard to shelf involves the special attention of all our experienced staff. They become custodians of the fruit as it passes through the intricate chain which includes grading, packing, ripening, refrigeration, trucking and containerisation. ​This careful handling ensures that the fruit arrives at its distant destination in a fresh condition similar to when it was picked off the tree.

 

RIPENING

Although a natural process, the ripening of an avocado is managed to perfection at Halls with the correct technical understanding both at harvest and during the ripening procedure.

The fruit is always shipped at low temperatures to hold it in a "sleeping" state throughout transportation. Depending on the customer's requirement, the fruit is then "woken up" to be delivered at the required stage of ripeness. Fruit can arrived "triggered" which then ripens through the customer's own supply chain, or is fully ripened and ready to eat. Halls has the experience and technical expertise to manage this process, ensuring an excellent eating experience.

With ripening, packing and storage facilities in South Africa, Paris, Marseille and Rotterdam, Halls can take the fruit from our carefully managed orchards all the way to our customers' doors. Our ready to eat avocados are sold under the Halls RIPE brand, packaged in a striking design to stand out on trade and supermarket shelves.

SEASONAL CALENDARS

HASS

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GREENSKIN

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HALLS PACKAGING

Halls strives to supply our customers with packaging formats to meet their specific requirements. Current formats include:

  • 4kg cartons
  • 10.5kg cartons
  • Flow-wrapped punnets in either 1, 2, 3 and 4 avocados per punnet
  • Heat-sealed punnets of 1 or 2 avocados per punnet
  • Bags
  • Nets

For additional information on packaging dimensions, configurations and customised packaging offerings please contact a Halls sales representative.

Avocado Export  Carton
Avocado Nets
Heat Seal Punnet
Avocado Flowpack 2


AVOCADO VARIETALS

There are many existing varieties of avocado but the list of commercially produced and marketed cultivars is relatively defined. The avocado varietals that Halls grows and sources for our retail programmes include:

HASS ​

Hass trees produce fruit year-round and have medium-sized, ovate fruit with a black, pebbled skin when ripe. The flesh has a nutty, rich flavour.

FUERTE​

Fuerte is pear in shape, often with an elongated neck. It has a leathery, easy-to-peel skin which ripens green. The flesh is creamy with a mild flavour.

EDRANOL

This fruit is pear in shape, olive-green in colour with a slightly rough skin. The fruit has a relatively small seed and the flesh has a nutty, rich flavour.

PINKERTON

The Pinkerton variety has a small seed and its green skin deepens in colour as it ripens. The flesh has a smooth, creamy texture with good flavour.

REED

​This cultivar has large, round, green fruit with a smooth texture and dark, thick, glossy skin. Smooth and delicate, the flesh has a slightly nutty flavour. The skin ripens green.

RYAN

This fruit is medium-large sized and egg-shaped. The skin is green when ripe with a relatively smooth texture compared to that of other varieties.

LAMB HASS

Often maturing later in the season, this cultivar has a relatively small seed and skin that turns black when ripe. Its flesh has a creamy, nutty flavour.

ZUTANO

The fruit is pear in shape and has a lighter green coloured skin than the other varieties. It is delicate to handle and prone to diseases upon ripening.

Halls' principle product, avocado, is sourced from our own farms as well as from our global grower partners to offer a year-round supply.