BiteRiot! preparing to send cherries directly to Chinese market for 2018-2019 season
Owner Fiona Hall says BiteRiot! is hoping to air freight at least 3 shipments of fresh cherries a week to China, exporting around 70 tonnes in total. It will be a major boost not having to go through Hong Kong. BiteRiot, along with partner, Vincent Chen of TopFruit, have established distribution facilities in Guangzhou and Shanghai to service the E-commerce channel. To read more or read the article in full, visit Fresh Plaza: http://www.freshplaza.com/article/9028245/Australia-BiteRiot-preparing-to-send-cherries-directly-to-the-Chinese-market/
Orange Firefest – Come Wassailing With Us!
Come Wassailing With Us!
Date: Sat 4 Aug
Time: 5pm – 9.30pm
Location: Canobolas Dance Hall – 504 Canobolas Road, Orange
Event cost: $77.19 (booking fee included)
Join Small Acres Cyder, See Saw wines and Canobolas Dance Hall for an evening of wassailing, bonfires, music by The Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers and entertainment while we bless the grape vines and apple and cherry orchards in preparation for Spring.
To wassail :: drink alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
Wassailing :: The ancient custom of visiting food/beverage producing area, reciting incantations and singing to the trees to awaken the plants and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit.
Local wassailing dancers and musicians will provide the evening’s entertainment while Jo Robson catering will spoil you with a locally inspired 2 course meal. Your ticket also includes a drink on arrival – either See Saw Prosecco or Small Acres Cyder’s Sparkling Perry – pear champagne.
Additonal drinks will be available for $7 per glass or $25 per bottle. Please bring cash.
Rug up, bring your dancing shoes and your friends for a fun and frivolous winter’s night!
Scholarship the Cherry On Top for Fiona
Managing 1,000 tonne of fruit in the recent cherry season, Fiona hasn’t had the time to think about the eventful year ahead until now.
“I’m really excited about the opportunities the Nuffield Scholarship presents,” Fiona said. “Essentially, I’ll get to study ways to close the gap between producer and retailer profits and plan to use the information gathered to further strengthen the Australian market.”
Fiona is managing director of Caernarvon Cherry Co, a holistic cherry growing, packing and marketing operation with a team of 22 growers located in Central NSW. The business supports growers from agronomy to harvesting, marketing and reporting back to growers. In the 2013/14 season, Caernarvon Cherry Co handled 1000 tonne of fruit, equating to 10 per cent of the Australian crop. The company exports 60 per cent of the crop to Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Dubai and Russia, with the balance going to domestic supermarkets.
Also, Fiona & Bernard Hall co-own (with Tim Hall) Bonny Glen Fruits, growing apples over four properties located around Orange and two cold storage properties where they pack market apples for themselves and other growers under their ‘BiteRiot’ brand.
She will use her Nuffield Scholarship to investigate how to close the gap between farmgate and retail returns in the apple and cherry industries.
“Our industry adds three times the value of our crop in packing, processing and sorting – I want to look at how we can achieve more value at the farmgate for producers. To understand this I need to study how large packhouses rationalise, streamline, become more transparent, value-add, improve packing, market, use real-time reporting and of course innovate,” she says.
Fiona believes part of the solution is developing an export culture to ensure a sustainable future for growers.
“The industry is under a lot of cost pressure, particularly labour, and to be able to grow we need to take advantage of the opportunities of our clean, green and safe reputation and our location in Asia.
With considerable experience in exporting of cherries, I would like to implement similar strategies into our apple operations,” she explains.
Fiona will visit the UK, USA, China and New Zealand during her studies.
Supported by Horticulture Australia Limited and the Australian Government, the Apple and Pear Australia Limited is also supporting Fiona’s Nuffield Scholarship as part of its strategic plan to encourage the development of future leaders in horticulture and export expertise.
Nuffield Australia is an organisation, which provides an opportunity to Australian farmers to travel overseas on an agricultural research scholarship.
Nylate System Installation
Geoff Bliss from Wobelea has spent the past week installing a Nylate system for both the apple and cherry grader dumps. The nylate system sanitizers the water in each of the cherry dumps and other tanks where all the cherries are water flued onto the belts. This investment will further enhance our quality control of our fruit.
The system can be able to remotely accessed (via modem, soon to be web based) by Wobelea to check on the levels and to assist if any problems. Reports are automatically generated are stored for Fresh Care audits.