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Discover banana levy investments into Banana Fund R&D initiatives

The banana levy has been invested into following Hort Innovation Banana Fund R&D initiatives, together with Australian Government contributions.

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Ongoing project

Consumer usage and attitude tracking 2023/24 (MT23201)

This investment provides a category tracking service to allow various horticultural categories to better understand consumer usage and attitudes and the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

21 February 2024

Ongoing project

Comms evaluation deep dive modules 23/24 (MT23202)

This investment examines the impact of Hort Innovation’s marketing campaigns for the apple and pear, avocado, banana, mango and mushroom categories.

21 February 2024

Ongoing project

Spatially enabling tree crop production practice (AS23000)

This investment seeks to geographically identify and map fundamental industry information such as variety, planting date, management, and productivity of tree orchards.

9 November 2023

Ongoing project

Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) 2023 updates (MT23001)

This project delivers the 2023 Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) for each of the following industries: almond, avocado, banana, berry, lychee, macadamia, melon, olive, onion, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple and summerfruit.

7 November 2023

Ongoing project

Biosecurity and sustainability in the banana industry (BA23000)

This project supports the role and activities of the Industry Strategic Manager (ISM) Michelle McKinlay within the Australian Banana Growers’ Council.

24 October 2023

Completed project Final Research Report

Banana In Store Merchandising Program FY23 (BA22505)

This project delivered key insights into the storage and merchandising standards conducted at two major retailer Coles and Woolworths.

23 August 2023

Ongoing project

Banana industry benchmarking (BA22009)

This investment equips Australian banana growers with the ability to compare their businesses against national and regional benchmarking data.

3 July 2023

Completed project

Banana quality and in-store education program 2023 (BA22005)

This project assisted retailers to improve the instore presentation (appearance and quality) of bananas by increasing the store produce staff’s understanding of best practice merchandising principles.

27 October 2023

Ongoing project

People development strategy for the vegetable, potato, onion, and banana industries (MT22002)

This project is building a People Development Strategy to guide future investment in building capacity and capability within the vegetable, potato, onion, and banana industries.

10 January 2023

Completed project Final Research Report

Banana Industry Congress 2021 (BA19003)

The Australian Banana Industry Congress is the Australian banana industry’s signature national event held once every two years. This investment supported the running of the 14th congress, which was held in Cairns, Queensland in March 2021.

12 December 2022