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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.

If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

Dried grape industry development project stage 2

Project Code: DG13001

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1

Running between January 2014 and December 2017, this project delivered  27 field walks and seven industry-wide forums, trained some 30 businesses in the Dried Grape Approved Supplier Program, and conducted hundreds of farm visits and responses to grower enquiries. It also delivered fact sheets that are available here, while videos from some of the events are available on the Dried Fruits Australia YouTube channel. The project also helped growers access the three-part Dried Grape Best Practice Guide, produced under the project Producing high value dried grapes stage 2 (DG13006), completed in early 2017. You can still download all three parts of the guide from the resource section below.

Dried grape 2017 industry R&D exchange program
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 2018, edition 1.

Dried grape production innovation and adoption program 2018-2021

Project Code: DG17001

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1

Contracted by Hort Innovation in January 2018, this new investment will help dried grape producers access and share leading and emerging research and knowledge on production techniques, to grow skills, improve productivity and keep quality high. It will deliver events such as workshops, field walks and focus groups for growers.

Evaluation of dried and table grapes varieties
New rootstocks to improve production and water use efficiency, sustainability and reduce risks of dried grape production
Australian dried fruit communications program

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the dried grape page of Hortlink 2018, edition 1

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Dried Grape Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Dried grape SIP at a glance

Dried grape SIP

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

Industry Location Timing
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).


Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Bradley Mills
Relationship Manager

T 03 9691 3523
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Dianne Phan
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2350
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Industry representative body: Dried Fruits Australia

PO Box 5042
Mildura, VIC 3502
T 03 5023 5174
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