24 September 2020
An national avocado research project, headed by Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, has found that supply chain performance can be improved if avocado temperatures are checked before loading fruit onto trucks at the packing shed.
The project, funded by Hort Innovation, the grower-owned not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulure, concluded that temperature management would be important if the fruit is destined for export or long supply chains, or if pre-harvest quality has been compromised. Because of the short supply chains in Australia, and the good quality of ripe fruit, the study found no observable link between supply chain temperatures and ripe fruit quality.
Among other things, it warned that trucks can hold temperature, but cannot be expected to cool warm fruit.
(Source: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Supply Chain Innovation News, September 2020)