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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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Project name Improving the quality & shelf-life of fresh cut fruit
Funding bodies Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program, Woolworths & University of Tasmania
Lead researcher Professor Roger Stanley
Student Michelle Mendoza-Enano
Partners Perfection Fresh, CSIRO

It is tricky to fit a whole watermelon in your lunchbox, but a container of cubed ‘fresh-cut’ watermelon is possible!

Convenient ‘fresh-cut’ fruit products are now available in supermarkets, and PhD student Michelle Mendoza-Enano has been finding out what customers think about these products.

As part of this project, Woolworths customers have been tasting cubed watermelon and describing their sensory experiences to Michelle.

She has been using this information, coupled with her packaging research, to come up with recommendations for ‘fresh-cut’ fruit products that are appealing and flavourful.

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