Welcome to new Relationship Manager Sam Turner

Apple and pears have a new point of contact with industry R&D with the appointment of Sam Turner as the new Hort Innovation Relationship Manager for Apples and Pears.

sam turner

Sam takes over from Mark Spees – who moves to citrus, tablegrapes, cherries and summerfruit – as the key industry contact with Hort Innovation, which oversees the investment of the apple and pear research and development, and marketing levies.

Relationship Managers are the first port of call if you wish to know more about how your levies are invested, suggest a research idea, or find out more about a specific project. They also work to ensure industry is aware of research developments that can boost their productivity.

Sam joined Hort Innovation in 2017. He is already managing a diverse portfolio of vegetables, onions, and tomato processing, to which he now adds Apples and Pears.

He is an Agricultural Science graduate from La Trobe University, and is currently completing a Masters of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham. Sam brings both a strong agricultural grounding and a fresh perspective to Apples and Pears.

Sam is well versed in the capabilities of different industries. He grew up managing beef grazing properties on the Mornington Peninsula, and has previously worked as a Production Agronomist for Australian seed company South Pacific Seeds.

He sees the Apple industry as having an advantage in that cold storage allows them to be sold all year round. He recognises that the large variety structure allows plenty of opportunity for brand building, as well as the opportunity to custom-tailor apples to consumers.

Sam said he was passionate about Ag-tech, and was keen to learn more about packhouses, the technologies involved, and modern extensions like robotic harvesting.

“Taking on the apple and pear portfolio is an exciting venture for me and I look forward to working with growers, learning more about the industry, and gaining a solid understanding of top-end, high value production.

Sam’s work will focus on three major areas: automation, labour, and building the reputation of Australian apples and pears globally.

He will be speaking at the Pomewest summit in Western Australia this Friday, 14 September.


More information

Sam can be contacted on 03 9691 3526, mob: 0418 164 717, or sam.turner@horticulture.com.au


  • Keep connected with all investments in the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund and the latest things happening in them by checking out our regular Hortlink publication – you can always access the latest edition from the apple and pear grower page at horticulture.com.au/apple-and-pear.
  • Submit ideas for the research you want to see in the Apple and Pear Fund, or in Hort Frontiers, which is Hort Innovation’s strategic partnership initiative. Learn more about doing this and access the idea submission form at horticulture.com.au/innovation-concept-pipeline.
  • Become a Hort Innovation member. Paying a levy doesn’t automatically make you a member, but signing up is free at horticulture.com.au/membership. As well as providing voting rights at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, Hort Innovation membership includes exclusive email alerts with industry-specific news and opportunities, direct invitations to explore investment updates and more.


By |September 7th, 2018|Hort Innovation apple and pear marketing, News|

About the Author:

APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.