ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products

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Welcome to the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products

The Australian food industry, and the fresh produce sector in particular, offers enormous opportunities for growth and diversification through development of innovative new products that are convenient, affordable, healthy and, of course, safe.

The Training Centre will develop innovative, 'industry-savvy' researchers who will contribute to the development of the fresh produce sector through new products with improved shelf life and sensory quality.  A suite of horticulture, food science, market analysis projects relevant to the horticultural supply chains of Woolworths supermarket will be undertaken. Researcher training, integrating formal course-work and workplace-integrated learning, with traditional  project-based research, will deliver research professionals who understand food product innovation and have a trans-disciplinary approach to delivering products that satisfy market demand.

­The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are to:

  1. Foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial research training
  2. Enhance competitive research through collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector; and
  3. Strengthen Australia's industrial science skills base to support the needs of future and transforming industries and other research end-users

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News and Positions Available



To assist individuals and businesses to better adopt innovation, AIFST launched the Innovation Masterclass in 2011. Now in its fifth year, this popular hands-on workshop provides attendees with access to world-class speakers and practical knowledge.

22 March 2017
9.00am - 6.00pm
Walker Street, North Sydney

AIFST / AFGC / Aus. Beverages Council members: $440 Inc.GST
Non-Members: $770 Inc.GST

Register by: 17 March 2017 Click here for more details


Our annual conference was on February 21-22 in Hobart. Thank you to all who participated. Watch this space for photos and presentation recordings.


Find out more about Indika Fernando’s research on banana quality and vibration during transport and Dianfan Zhou's research on the environmental impact of glasshouse production in these videos.

The bumpy road to perfect fruit

Did you know greenhouse production of food is a relatively new practice in Australia?


On Tuesday 6th September, the Training Centre was privileged to host Emeritus Professor Ron Wills, from the Faculty of Science & Information Technology at the University of Newcastle. Ron is a world expert on the effects on fresh produce of ethylene in the postharvest environment. Ron has over 50 years of experience in many aspects of the postharvest of horticultural products, including projects on bananas, lettuce and fresh-cut fruits, and has published over 300 articles. During his visit Ron gave a public seminar at the University of Tasmania, Hobart campus, on “the benefits from controlling ethylene concentration around postharvest fruit and vegetables”. Ron also met with Training Centre staff and students, communicating his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm, and sharing ideas about projects and potential funding.

Watch Professor Ron Will's public seminar here:


Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) has invested in communicating the latest research to the Tasmanian vegetable industry. The project contracted by RMCG, aims to bring together the local growers, agronomists, advisers and researchers together to ensure members of the supply chain receive targeted information including production benchmarking, markets, value-adding, innovation and new technologies. View press release.


Staff, post docs and students from the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products visited our major industry partner Woolworths in Sydney. The team saw how the distribution centre received, sorted and delivered produce to the stores, visited two new Woolworths store formats and discussed with Woolworths the practical application and opportunities within each ARC Training Centre project.

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products staff and students at Woolworths distribution centre in Minchinbury, Sydney

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products was officially launched 14 December 2015 at Government House by Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania. View press release.

Official Launch of the Training Centre

Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania (right) at the Official Launch of the Training Centre shown with Centre Manager Dr Sue Pepper (Left) and Centre Director Associate Professor Tom Ross (Centre).

Positions Available


We currently have no positions available.