Western Australian avocado growers Delroy Orchards can see inside an avocado. The company is set to launch a new premium Hass avocado this October, after spending the past eight years perfecting growing techniques, working with leading universities and are now also using near-infrared technology to check inside each avocado before it leaves the orchard.
The x-ray-like technology is commonly used by apple growers but it is the first time in Australia it's being used to inspect avocados. Driven by consumer demand for improved avocado quality, the Delroy family spent years fine tuning each part of their avocados' journey through growing, quality checks, storage, ripening and supply chain so they can consistently give Australians a better avocado - the Delcado.
"We've put a lot of energy into controlling the quality of our Delcados," Delroy Orchards business development manager Robbie Delroy told northqueenslandregister.com.au.
"This starts on the tree where we test the fruit for its oil content to make sure it has a rich flavour before it's picked. We're also now using near-infrared technology, in addition to our blemish technology, to see inside the avocado to better detect any internal damage.”
The Delroys saw a clear opportunity to improve quality through supply chain efficiency and have invested heavily in R&D in partnership with Australian and international universities to improve best practice technology in both production and supply chain.