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Completed project

Technology review for fruit traceability at every stage of the apple and pear fruit production and supply chain (AP19004)

Key research provider: Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Publication date: Monday, September 26, 2022

What was it all about?

In 2020 and 2021, this short project investigated available technologies with the potential to improve traceability in the apple and pear supply chain. These insights will inform future decisions about traceability solutions, with expected benefits including reducing supply chain costs and improving market access through enhanced biosecurity and food safety processes. There may also be marketing benefits through the ability to prove the place of origin and provenance.

The research team conducted a detailed review of existing and upcoming traceability technologies across different industries, including consideration of the unique implementation challenges and opportunities in the apple and pear sector, and identified many significant access and efficiency improvements that could be achieved with a purpose-built traceability system.


Read about the next steps from this project in this article on the APAL website, Growers sought to help support fruit traceability research, published in July 2022.

Related levy funds

This project was a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund