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New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the table grape industry below, and in more detail in the relevant Hortlink.
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Export market access, maintenance, biosecurity and developing export markets for the Australian table grape industry
Project Code: TG14000
Status: Completed project
This project was established to improve and maintain market access for Australian table grapes in overseas markets. A key focus was on direct engagement with growers and exporters to develop export readiness and industry knowledge, and engagement with existing, new and potential markets and importers.
As reported in the last edition of Hortlink, among its activities the project…
- Supported industry attendance at international trade events, including the Asia Fruit Logistica trade show, held in Hong Kong in September, as well as the Gulfood expo in Dubai and the SIAL Food Trade Show in China earlier in 2017.
- Organised and coordinated importer tours, where importers from key export markets were introduced to the Australian table grape industry and taken to visit growers, packers and exporters to build business-to-business relationships.
- Delivered tools, including the industry’s online export registration and mapping system here. The online system continues to be enhanced and enables growers to register table grape properties for accreditation to export to Asian markets, replacing the old paper-based registration and accreditation process. Registrations for the 2017/18 season closed in early October, 2017.
- Developed export readiness for table grape growers, including the delivery of export protocol workshops and other training; the supply of an export manual; and the provision of market intelligence and export statistics to growers (contact the Australian Table Grape Association for more on these).
- Supported other market-access activities, including facilitating industry participation in strategic meetings and programs with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and relevant state government authorities.
Effect of sulphur dioxide and cold on survival of insects during the storage of table grapes
Cold disinfestation verification trials for table grape access to Japan
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects for the table grape industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4.
Table grape supply chain quality
Project Code: TG17002
Status: Ongoing project
Contracted by Hort Innovation in November, this new project will support growers and retailers in adopting collaborative quality standards and practices for Australian table grapes. Its quality-focused activities will prioritise the supply of grapes of optimal eating quality right from the start of the season, and so contribute to consumer confidence, repeat purchasing, and increased demand.
Evaluation of dried and table grape varieties
Australian table grape industry communications project
Table grape industry minor use program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the table grape page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4.
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Table grape Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The table grape Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the table 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 table 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 table grape Relationship Manager, Brad Wells, by phone on 0412 528 398 or by email.
Completed consultation workshops
|Table Grape||Melbourne, VIC||August 2, 2016|
|Table Grape||Teleconference||September 2, 2016|
|Table Grape||St George, QLD||September 28, 2016|
|Table Grape||Emerald, QLD||September 29, 2016|
|Table Grape||Mildura, VIC||October 3 and 4, 2016|
|Table Grape||Melbourne, VIC||October 5, 2016|
|Table Grape||Carnavon, WA||October 12, 2016|
|Table Grape||Swan Valley, WA||October 13, 2016|
|Table Grape||Melbourne, VIC||December 15, 2016|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the table grape industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Domenic Sergi||SJDC Produce||VIC|
|Enrique Rossi||Budou R&D / Budou Farms||VIC|
|Brian Charles||Tumut Grove||VIC|
|Richard Lomman||JDM Nominees||QLD|
|Jeff Scott||Australian Table Grape Association||VIC|
|Mark Krstic||The Australian Wine Research Institute||VIC|
|Brendan Larkin||Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||VIC|
|Bruce Tomkins||Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||VIC|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|Meeting 1||August 1-2, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|Meeting 2||September 2, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|Meeting 3||December 15, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|