Fruit quality and monitoring

Water shortage a unifying issue

From left: Stuart Burgess (Tas), Susie Green (SA), Robert Hardie (NSW), Mitchell McNab (Vic), and Nardia Stacy (WA). Supporting growers to manage orchards in the face of looming water shortages was top of the agenda when apple and pear industry leaders met in Melbourne this week. State Association representatives from across the country [...]

Effects of crop load on apple fruit maturity

Fruit maturity at harvest plays a key role in quality. Dario Stefanelli, of Agriculture Victoria, outlines the results of trials into the effect of crop load on fruit maturity which form part of an international collaborative project to better understand biennial bearing. Apples are among the most important commercial fruit crops grown worldwide. Meeting market [...]

Woolworths back supply chain revolution

Woolworths is launching a bold plan to stop food waste and reshape the supply chain with the use of technology. Partnering with independent start-up Escavox, the primary goal is to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables in all retail outlets by tracking and monitoring the produce from the farm gate to the supermarket. [...]

Harvest timing key to consistent quality

The allure of first-to-market premiums can be very compelling at harvest, but Angus Crawford explains picking too early leads to poor-tasting fruit that can turn consumers away long term. Tools exist to help make sure fruit is mature at harvest and consumers get the best eating experience. Apple sampling sessions at last year's Future [...]

Giving the consumer the pear they want

APAL’s Head of Group Quality and Innovation Andrew Mandemaker argues there is much to be gained by pre-conditioning pears, but we need to learn from experience. Most consumers want to bite into a soft pear, anticipating that a soft pear will be juicier, sweeter and fuller of flavour than its firmer counterpart. Concerningly, research by [...]

Whole-of-chain ‘buy in’ key to brand quality

Growers attending the southern loop Future Orchards® walks heard from Rick Derrey, Director of Horticulture and Grower Relations at T&G Global Limited,Washington State, USA, on how growers are working collaboratively across the supply chain to deliver consistent quality. The recent Apple and Pear Crop Estimate  provides further evidence of the rapid growth in managed varieties in [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Branding, Fruit quality and monitoring, Future Orchards, News|

Annual Crop Estimate Impacted by Extreme Weather

Unprecedented heat and worsening drought conditions in many growing regions has prompted calls for the annual Apple & Pear Crop Estimate to be downgraded, just weeks after its initial release. Despite early signs of a bumper apple crop (initially predicted to be up more than 8 per cent on last year by the AgFirst and [...]

Quality assured in WA apples

Western Australian apple growers have launched an intensive apple quality testing program this week to coincide with the launch of 2019 apple season to let consumers know that 'when you choose to buy a WA apple, it will be a great apple'. A 2017 survey by independent consumer group CHOICE found apples — more than [...]

By |February 27th, 2019|Fruit quality and monitoring, News, WA|

Orchards get sun smart in record heatwave

With temperatures soaring well above 40 degrees around Australia, the recent heatwave has once again raised the issue of sun protection for fruit. Options include everything from spray-on sun protection products, to shade netting, to overhead misting and sprinkler systems to bring orchard temperatures down. The maximum temperature of the sun-exposed fruit surface of apples [...]

Making decisions for better quality fruit

With the growing number of evolving technologies available, it is more important than ever those involved in horticulture focus on information that helps them make decisions in a timely manner that manage for better quality fruit. Speaking at the Post-harvest 2019 seminar on 16 January in Melbourne, AgroFresh Research & Development Manager for Australia & [...]

By |January 22nd, 2019|Cold storage, Fruit quality and monitoring, News|