A new website (apmangonet.org) has been developed to connect researchers engaged in the production and trade of mangoes in the Asia-Pacific region. This new site provides a platform to share research outcomes and allow collaboration between research centres, institutions and supply chain stakeholders.
The last field season is about to kick off for the Charles Darwin University Magpie Goose Research Team. The researchers are studying Magpie Goose biology and ecology and investigating novel management techniques to inform future management programs.
As we finish the season ‘warm up’ and move to the starting line of the 2018 Mango Marathon the anticipation and excitement is palpable! Retailers and consumers across the country are hungry for mangoes, and never has the industry been more perfectly poised to delight their appetite.
Australian mangoes are highly sought after in Asia, particularly as gifts for special occasions. Building this market requires consistent, premium product delivered to consumers. This can only be achieved by all partners along the supply chain working together to prevent loss of quality from poor handling practices.
The successful ACIAR project ‘R&D of integrated crop management for mango production in the southern Philippines and Australia (HORT/2012/019)’ came to an end at the final project workshop held at the Waterfront Hotel in Davao, Philippines on the 24-25 May 2018.
The 2017-2018 season has ended with the largest production in the history of the Australian Mangoes Industry. 10.7 Million trays (7kg equivalent) were sent to market representing a 25% increase in volume over the previous season. Retail prices decreased, but only by 10% leading to a 22% YOY growth in retail value. An excellent result for the industry.
Implementation of Mango PLU labels to incorporate GS1 DataBar for loose product traceability and scannability.
While many Australian producers are familiar with the challenges posed by Queensland fruit fly or Mediterranean fruit fly, there are other exotic fruit fly species that pose a similar threat to horticultural production, and they’re already on our doorstep.
Over the last two seasons, the Serviced Supply Chains project has worked with a significant mango exporter to monitor several mango export consignments to China and South Korea. The consignments included one sea and seven air shipments in 2016-17, and three sea and nine air shipments in 2017-18. New monitoring technologies such as RFID-based Xsense (BT9 Ltd) and SIM-based SmartTraxx (Emerson) temperature loggers were used.
Building new markets takes time and tenacity. It doesn’t happen in a single season and it doesn’t happen as a result of individual performance. Our ability to create a strong demand for Australian mangoes in new and emerging markets is dependent on our brand reputation. Together we’re working, year on year, to create an excellent reputation for Australian Mangoes. A reputation for consistently producing quality mangoes that look and taste superior to any other mango on offer.