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New, ongoing and recently completed projects
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
Current marketing activity
Marketing activity updates can be found on the avocado page of Hortlink 2017, edition 1.
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Strategic Investment Planning process for the avocado industry is almost complete
If you would like to submit comments, please view the draft and then use the comment form. You have until Friday, March 24, 2017 to get your comments in.
If you would rather speak to a real person, you can ring Astrid Hughes, Relationship Manager at Hort Innovation on 0405 306 334.
Thank you to all the growers who have contributed their time and their ideas so far. If you haven't had a chance to get involved yet, then now's the time!
Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.
See below for the completed consultation events and agendas on the avocado SIP.
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|