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Creating, maintaining and assessing walnut quality from grower to market


McNeil, DL and Evans, KJ and Adem, HH, Creating, maintaining and assessing walnut quality from grower to market, Acta Horticulturae, 20-23 July 2013, Taiyuan, China, pp. 299-303. ISSN 0567-7572 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.17660/actahortic.2014.1050.40


This paper reviews the factors from growing to retailing that can affect walnut quality and then looks at the walnuts available in three global markets to evaluate how well the above requirements are being fulfilled. The data indicate there are major issues in the distribution of walnuts in some sections of global markets through lack of understanding of what constitutes quality and how to maintain it. There was a strong relationship between age and quality and a weak relationship found between price and quality. It is suggested that if growers wish to achieve high prices there is a need for them to exert greater control over the walnut value chain. To enable growers to achieve the highest value for their walnut products it is necessary for consumers to be presented with walnuts that meet their requirements. It is also necessary that: a) price signals are sent back to growers through the production, distribution, marketing and retail chain to reward delivery of the appropriate quality, and b) all participants are aware of what constitutes quality and how the actions under their control in the chain affect quality.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:quality, consumer, retail, marketing, taste, walnut, colour, texture
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop growth and development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Tree nuts (excl. almonds and macadamias)
UTAS Author:McNeil, DL (Professor David McNeil)
UTAS Author:Evans, KJ (Associate Professor Katherine Evans)
ID Code:98435
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2015-02-16
Last Modified:2018-07-20

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