Beginning mid-2016 and now completed, this investment worked closely with retailers to deliver education, training programs and consumer-facing tools to reduce the percentage of damaged fruit available on shelves – helping boost the consumer experience with avocados at the retail level. A key achievement of the project was the development of a high-impact, low-cost display and merchandising system for Hass avocados. Full details are available in the project wrap-up in Hortlink 2018, edition 2.
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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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Supply chain quality improvement – retailer point of purchase improvements
Project Code: AV15011
Status: Completed project
Supply chain quality improvement – cool chain best practice guidelines
Achieving more consistent yields of quality fruit in the Australian avocado industry
Data management and quality innovation extension program
Australian avocado benchmarking program development rounds II & III
Improving yield and quality in avocado through disease management – phase 2 (AV 10001)
New and ongoing R&D projects
A list of all current R&D projects – along with information including their latest progress and resources – can be found in Hort Innovation’s quarterly Hortlink publication. Visit Hortlink 2018, edition 2 here.
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the avocado page of read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 2
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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|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||July 31, 2017|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||May 9, 2018|
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|
|4||July 31, 2017||Brisbane, QLD||Download|
|5||May 9, 2018||Brisbane, QLD||Download|