The research objectives focus on understanding consumer preferences that will influence pre and post harvest decisions that produce fruit for markets and consumers across Asia. This will grow market opportunities by delivering fruit that match consumer expectations.
Publish by Andrew Mandemaker, APAL (12th September, 2018)
Bruce Tomkins Agribo, Bundoora. Agriculture Victoria
Australian fruit growers and marketers have a better understanding of what international consumers are looking for when purchasing fruit, thanks to a series of consumer preference surveys carried out in Thailand and Indonesia.
Agriculture Victoria Project Manager, Bruce Tomkins said there were huge opportunities to grow the market for Australian pears in both countries.
“To do this however, marketers need to understand what shoppers want and prices they are willing to pay,” Mr Tomkins said.
“‘Australian grown’ was identified as a key driver for sales in all markets, but we need to provide the right cultivar of fruit, with the right physical attributes, including colour, texture and taste, at the right price,” he said.
Mr Tomkins also said now Australia had legal market access to mainland China, exports could be shipped directly to their target markets, giving Australian growers and marketers more supply chain control and influence over the condition of their product when it reached consumers.
The study looked at two new pears ANP-0131 (marketed as Ricō®, previously known as Deliza®) and ANP-0118 Lanya® in Thailand and Indonesia and compared them to the well-known Packham pear. Key findings included:
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“The information collected is being used by industry to make decisions on what fruit to invest in and grow for export,” Mr Tomkins said.
“The information is also being shared with retailers in export markets to help ensure Australian fruit is stored, handled, displayed and promoted to maximise sales.”
Full copies of the Consumer Preference research reports are available to members of Apple & Pear Australia Limited (APAL). For a full copy of the Pear consumer preferences report, please contact Angus Crawford email@example.com, (03) 8652 5436 (http://apal.org.au/consumer-research/)
The study, funded by the Australian Government through the Rural Research and Development for Profit program, with co-investment from Horticulture Innovation Australia and Agriculture Victoria.
Fresh fruit and vegetable export requirements (a guide for Australian Business): https://www.austrade.gov.au/fresh-fruit-veg/