Fake cherries: Growers work with Chinese importers to counter counterfeits
CHINESE cherry importers are working with Tasmanian growers to combat counterfeit fruit ahead of an expected spike in sales soon, when tariffs on fruit and vegetables drop.
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is helping the importers get more Tasmanian cherries into the Chinese market.
Government, TIA and industry leaders are meeting with Chinese importers to discuss increasing Tasmanian cherry supply to China.
“Our cherries are so highly valued that there is a black market of counterfeit Tasmanian fruit,” TIA Director Professor Holger Meinke said.
“Over the coming months, TIA will be working with Chinese importers and Tasmanian growers to clarify the characteristics that make Tasmanian cherries so highly valued and further improve their marketability.”
Professor Meinke said TIA researchers had worked for nearly a decade with growers, achieving outstanding fruit quality and consistency of yield.
“For example, we discovered how to increase fruit set – by more than double in some varieties – and reduce the cracking in cherries which is caused by late season rainfall.”
Also in Australian Food News
- Capex collapse and rising costs put strain on Australian grocery sector
- Ancient tonic: Mushrooms making it now as coffee in the modern wellness market
- Mintel’s 2019 global food and drink trends at a glance
- Tired of dependable but boring, what fruit wants a marketing makeover?
China Australia Free Trade Agreement
Professor Meinke said that the discussions with China were particularly timely.
“Now is the time to act on this. Cherries are highly sought after during Chinese New Year and significant tariffs on fruit and vegetable imports will soon be lifted under the China Australia Free Trade Agreement,” he said.
The TIA has formalised a sustainable agriculture research partnership with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).
“We are delighted to partner with CAAS. It is China’s leading agricultural research institution, with 10,000 staff in a nation of 300 million farmers,” Professor Meinke said.
“China is very interested in sustainable agriculture and resource use, which is fundamental to TIA’s research, development and teaching.
“We are negotiating joint research with CAAS under the general themes of soils, water, pollination, horticulture, and food science – all areas of specific TIA expertise – and we are developing a PhD program to tackle these research topics,” he said.
Accolade Wines has this week acquired Lion’s premium wine business, Fine Wine Partners (FWP).
Australia has suspended the import of raw green prawns from White Spot disease affected countries.
A small Sydney pizzeria has scooped the national title in the Menulog Restaurant Awards for 2016, af...
PepsiCo’s Sunbites has launched a new range called Snack Crackers.
Tip Top is now selling a low-calorie alternative to bread in Australia called ‘Sandwich Thins’.
Woolworths will now be giving NSW Seniors Card holders five per cent off its WISH eGift cards as par...
Australian-owned Bega Cheese has acquired the former Kraft Peanut Butter factory in Victoria, adding...
THE demand for Pumpkin Spice seems sure to hit Australian cafes, retailers and producers at full ste...