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Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the avocado industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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Australian avocado benchmarking program development rounds II & III
Project Code: AV13003
Status: Completed project
This project was a continuation of the original Australian avocado benchmarking program development project. Its goal was to further the development of an industry database and benchmarking process to enable growers to identify and strive for Australian best practice in production, packing and marketing of avocados.
It involved the collection of data from 82 individual grower businesses over four consecutive financial years, the analysis of this data in each of the four years, the provision of individual personalised reports to participating growers each year, and the dissemination of aggregated high-level project findings to the industry at large.
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 1.
Supply chain quality improvement – technologies and practices to reduce bruising
Project Code: AV15009
Status: Ongoing project
Beginning in 2016, this project is tackling the key issue of avocado bruising at the end of the supply chain, at both the retail and household level – where previous research suggests the majority of bruising occurs.
The project is:
- Developing and testing technologies to reduce handling by retailers and consumers, including tools for identifying ripeness
- Documenting best practice to prevent fruit bruising at the retail level, producing information materials for use in retail education
- Investigating any relationship between disease and flesh bruising
- Reviewing and documenting contributing factors to fruit susceptibility to bruising.
With bruising affecting consumer decisions to repurchase, the ultimate goal is to improve consumer and retailer satisfaction, strengthening consumption of and demand for avocados.
Supply chain quality improvement – cool chain best practice guidelines
Supply chain quality improvement – retailer point of purchase improvements
Data management and quality innovation extension program
Investigating tree mortality during early field establishment
Pest status and management of six-spotted mite (Eotetranychus sexmaculatus) in WA avocado orchards
National avocado industry communications program
Achieving more consistent yields of quality fruit in the Australian avocado industry
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the avocado page of Hortlink 2017, edition 1.
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Avocado Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The avocado Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the avocado industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.
The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving avocado growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's avocado Relationship Manager, Astrid Hughes, by phone on 07 3198 6759 or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed consultation workshops
|Avocado||Pemberton, WA||August 31, 2016|
|Avocado||Mareeba, QLD||September 16, 2016|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||October 13, 2016|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||December 12, 2016|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||February 21, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the avocado industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Daryl Boardman||Sunnyspot Farms||QLD|
|Kylie Collins||Blushing Acres||QLD|
|Jennie Franceschi||Avocado Export Company||WA|
|Simon Grabbe||Simpson Farms||QLD|
|Stewart Ipsen||West Pemberton Avocadoes||WA|
|Xhemal (Jim) Kochi||Tinaroo Falls Avocado Pty Ltd||QLD|
|Simon Newett||Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries||QLD|
|Cormac te Kloot||Costa||VIC|
|Neil Delroy||Jasper Farms||WA|
|John Walsh||Simpson Farms||QLD|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||October 20, 2016||Brisbane, QLD||Download|
|2||December 12, 2016||Brisbane, QLD||Download|
|3||February 21, 2017||Brisbane, QLD||Download|