Data collected last season has provided a greater understanding of Australian table grape variability, and allowed science-based recommendations to be made for updated maturity standards that will help boost consumer demand. The project team’s ability to measure the Brix, acid and liking of individual berries allowed them to calculate brix/acid ratio and the BrimA taste indicator measurement (brix minus acid) on the same fruit, which previously could not be done.
Work is well underway to help the Australian table grape industry consistently supply consumers with great tasting fruit, right from the start of the season. Delytics has been contracted by Hort Innovation to lead a three-year project in collaboration with the Australian Table Grape Association. The project aims to increase the consumer acceptability of table grapes by measuring fruit maturity on-farm, at retail, and export; and identifying and setting maturity specifications that will enable the industry to meet market and consumer demands.
The New Zealand citrus industry’s ongoing commitment to working with Delytics to deliver consistently great tasting fruit has resulted in the majority of their navel oranges being liked by consumers in 2017, despite a challenging growing season.
The consumer liking prediction models developed by Delytics are helping berry growers take steps to increase the repurchase rate of their berries by predicting consumer response before harvest.