Reference number : A.3.1819007
Total project value: $ 2,245,551 (ex GST)
CRCNA funding: $952,471 (ex GST)
Project length: 2 years 10 months
Finish date: July 2021

Participants:

  • Perfection Fresh Group
  • University of Queensland
  • Qld. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Research locations:

Calypso® mango orchards in Katherine, Mataranka, Litchfield Shire in NT and Mareeba, Dimbulah, Burdekin and Bundaberg in Queensland. Perfect Fresh’s VHT facility in Brisbane and the DAF Maroochy Research Facility in Nambour.

Summary:

This project aims to grow the export capability of Calypso® mangoes grown in northern Australia into China. It will focus on identifying and resolving quality issues within the existing supply chain, by building on previous research and development undertaken by the Perfection Fresh Group at their dedicated Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) facilities in Brisbane.

It will use supply chain monitoring tools and communication systems to track, monitor and record product movements along the entire supply chain from pre-harvest to final retail outlets in China.  The information gathered will help growers and exporters accurately identify and resolve quality issues and trace back to the source and implement changes.

Expected outcomes:

  • Increase export value of Calypso® mangoes into China by circa $20 million p.a. up from current value circa $1 million p.a.
  • Improvements identified as part of project will transfer and benefit domestic market and contribute to improved farm returns.
  • Broader benefit to northern Australian mango industry may include better access into China by way of out of season opportunity.
  • Research may inform government policies around transport strategies for moving perishable agricultural products into Asia or into southern markets.