Safeguarding WA Produce through the Development of Fruit Quality Index
The aim of this project is to develop an index to grade West Australian fruits into different tiers by a set of key quality measures (e.g. size, colour). While WA fruits are of premium quality, the FQI serves as a tool 1) for growers and exporters to use as a quality indicator for WA fruits; 2) to market WA fruits to different consumer segments and industries; and 3) to help reduce food wastage 4) to support the WA community and growers. The FQI will be developed and tested in Singapore supermarkets and premium food stores using mobile psychophysiological equipment.
Project researchers Dr Billy Sung and Dr Min Teah delivered the interim findings as part of an Innovation and Food Symposium held in Singapore on 10 May. The symposium was attended by representatives from food importers and exporters in Singapore, as well as researchers in the Singaporean food industry.