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Perception of Australian consumers on resin canal discouloration (RCD) in mango


Umar, M and McConchie, C and Tran-Nguyen, L and Asis, CA and Eyles, A and Stanley, R and Gracie, A, Perception of Australian consumers on resin canal discouloration (RCD) in mango, Acta Horticulturae, volume 1299: Proceedings of the 30th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2018), 12-16 August 2018, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 13-18. ISSN 0567-7572 (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1299.3


Resin canal discolouration (RCD) is a fruit quality defect found in Australian mangoes, especially on Kensington Pride (KP) cultivar. It occurs sporadically, showing up as red-brown resin canals that form networks through the flesh and irregular brown mottling across the skin. Information on its influence on consumers' willingness to purchase and eat mango fruit with RCD is lacking. Thus, this study sought to evaluate the impact of RCD on consumer's perceptions on fruit quality and their decision to buy and eat mango fruit. We surveyed 135 mango consumers in three supermarkets in Sydney, during the 2017 mango season. The majority of the consumers (89%) were regular buyers of 1-2 mango fruits (45%) per week. They preferred to buy KP (36%) and B74 (32%) mango cultivars because of their taste (50%), aroma (19%) and fruit colour (18%). Moreover, consumers familiar with RCD symptoms observed that there was an increasing occurrence of RCD in that current year. The majority of the consumers stated they would be unwilling (87%) to purchase fruit that had RCD symptoms in the store. However, consumers (82%) who had bought fruit that developed RCD symptoms at home still ate the fruit after removing the affected portion of the fruit. Store retailers reported that RCD caused < 5% of fruit loss. This preliminary study showed that RCD can significantly change consumers' perception of mango quality and influences their purchasing behaviour.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:consumer survey, fruit quality, mango, resin canal discolouration
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural production not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Tropical fruit
UTAS Author:Umar, M (Mr Muhammad Umar)
UTAS Author:Eyles, A (Dr Alieta Eyles)
UTAS Author:Stanley, R (Professor Roger Stanley)
UTAS Author:Gracie, A (Professor Alistair Gracie)
ID Code:149580
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (IC140100024)
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2022-04-04
Last Modified:2022-07-12

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