Coles has spent $43 million on a ripening facility in Melbourne that will support banana, avocado and mango growers in North Queensland and will ripen fruit from farmers across Australia. It was built as part of a five-year agreement between Coles and growers collective Mackays Marketing and has the capacity to ripen 350 million pieces … Continue reading Coles opens ripening facility in Melbourne
Auscitrus has strengthened its capacity to protect the nation’s budwood supplies from disease, focusing specifically on any future incursion of HLB, with the completion of its new protective screenhouse. Grower levies, through Hort Innovation, funded the new climate-controlled structure, which will house budwood trees under insect-screened conditions, ensuring a source of HLB-free budwood for Australian … Continue reading Auscitrus secures nation’s budwood supply in new protective screenhouse
Northern Tasmania was officially reinstated as a Pest Free Area on January 9, opening the door to domestic trade. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin welcomed the news as a positive step forward for the local horticultural industry. “Northern Tasmania is officially fruit fly free,” Minister Littleproud said. “No fruit … Continue reading Northern Tasmania declared fruit fly free
The first national program designed to encourage consumers to shop for fresh produce at their local independent retailer has been launched this month, which will unite the fruit and vegetable industry and bring back consumer loyalty. The ‘A Better Choice’ program, a joint initiative by Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) and the Central Markets Association of … Continue reading New national program set to boost fruit and veg businesses across Australia
Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed the presence of Panama tropical race 4 on a third Tully Valley farm.
SPC is expanding its global footprint, launching for the first time into China with its Goulburn Valley and SPC fruit brands.
This month, a special kind of sliced apple will go on sale at select US supermarkets, and thanks to CSIRO research these apples won’t turn brown when they’re cut, bitten or bruised.
New Zealand’s Tamarillo Co-operative has signed a major deal with a distributor allowing Tamarillo Marinade and Tamarillo Vinegar to be sold in the US and Canada. The first of shipment of tamarillo pulp has left Whangarei for US-based food producer and distributor, Serious Foodie. Tamarillos are processed into pulp and vinegar concentrate in New Zealand … Continue reading NZ Tamarillo products heading to US
Australian fruit and vegetable growers have been warned by a visiting US horticulture expert that while the quality of their produce is “better than ever before”, the demands of the average consumer now starts at “perfection”. In Australia this month to meet with local growers, Rabobank’s California-based senior fruit and vegetable analyst Dr Roland Fumasi … Continue reading “Perfection” now just the starting point for Australian fruit and veg
GP Graders has entered into a technology partnership with Ellips of Holland to revolutionise the ability for apple packers to identify apples with internal defects .
To equip their world-class production facility, Emblème Canneberge turned to Key Technology for a cranberry cleaning line.
A new campaign launched by the National Measurement Institute (NMI) will help buyers and sellers get value for money as Australian fruit and vegetables make their way from the farm gate to the table. The NMI’s ‘Harvest to Home’ trade measurement inspection program will run until June and involve oversight by NMI inspectors of the … Continue reading Making sure you get the fruit and veg you pay for
If you shop in a supermarket you may well have asked why the fruit and veg you buy there is so tasteless, especially if you’ve also tried homegrown alternatives.
A sustainable farming company is building one of the world’s largest privately-owned pomegranate gene banks to help revive the potentially lucrative industry Down Under.
Finding small windows of opportunity on the other side of the world and using technology to pinpoint specific flavours is helping an Australian apple producer reach new markets.
The banana is the world’s most popular fruit crop, with over 100 million metric tons produced annually in over 130 tropical and subtropical countries. Edible bananas are the result of a genetic accident in nature that created the seedless fruit we enjoy today. Virtually all the bananas sold across the Western world belong to the … Continue reading With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive?
Kakadu Plum Powder is known to have the highest source of natural vitamin C of any plant in the world, up to 100 times more vitamin C to the orange.
Researchers at The University of Queensland have begun clinical trials into whether an extract from mangosteen, a tropical fruit found in Indonesia can help treat schizophrenia.
While tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins are fruits in the botanical sense, language changes and words take on the meaning that people broadly agree upon and use.
Researchers in China have explored using atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasma to extend the shelf life of fruit and other perishable foods.