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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink
New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the dried grape industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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Dried grape 2017 industry R&D exchange program
Project Code: DG17000
Status: Completed project
This short project supported an industry study tour, completed in September, which allowed Australian dried grape producers to gain first-hand research knowledge and insights from the United States, which is currently the world’s leading producer of dried grapes.
The project facilitated the organisation of the tour, and subsidised grower participation. The tour group visited a range of facilities and organisations to talk to leaders in research, on-farm production, processing and packaging. Among the highlights, the group saw a new self-drying variety that could reduce labour costs, saw opportunities for automation of vineyard operations, and were updated on collaborative research into vine physiology.
A quick recap of the tour is available here, with further learnings to be shared in industry channels, including in the upcoming January-March 2018 edition of The Vine.
Producing high value dried grapes stage 2
Objective colour assessment options for the dried grape industry + Evaluating a visible imaging and near-infrared spectroscopy technique for dried grape colour assessment
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects for the dried grape industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4.
Evaluation of dried and table grapes varieties
Project Code: MT15026
Status: Ongoing project
Beginning in 2016, this multi-industry project will deliver new grape varieties for both the dried grape and table grape industries. For dried grapes it will deliver new, consistently high yielding, rain-tolerant varieties targeted to produce a premium light-coloured, globally differentiated product to enhance value.
New rootstocks to improve production and water use efficiency, sustainability and reduce risks of dried grape production
Dried grape industry development project stage 2
Australian dried fruit communications program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the dried grape page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4
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Dried Grape Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The Dried Grape Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the dried grape 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 dried grape growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's dried grape Relationship Manager, Will Gordon, by phone on 0427 920 924 or by email .
Completed consultation workshops
|Dried Grape||Mildura, VIC||August 1, 2016|
|Dried Grape||Melbourne, VIC||May 25 and 26, 2017|
|Dried Grape||Mildura, VIC||October 4, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the dried grape industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Bill Avery||Murray River Organics||VIC|
|Malcolm Bennett||MR and SJ Bennett||VIC|
|Thomas Cheung||Sunbeam Foods||SA|
|Anne Mansell||Dried Fruits Australia||VIC|
|Peter Jones||Peter L Jones||VIC|
|Mark King||MR and BL King||NSW|
|Allan Long||AJL Vineyards||VIC|
|Ivan Shaw||IH and JA Shaw||VIC|
|Michael Treeby||MT and JM Treeby||VIC|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||1 Aug 2016||Mildura, VIC||Download|
|2||May 25 and 26, 2017||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|3||October 4, 2017||Mildura, VIC||Download|