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WA Bravo Apple has good export opportunities

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According to the Western Australian Department of Agriculture representative, Steele Jacob, and Goulburn Valley Independent Packers (GVIP) director, Chris Georgopoulos, the Apple variety known as the Bravo has the potential for export markets. Bravo is a mix of Sundowner and Royal Gala varieties.

‘‘It has the potential for good export opportunities,’’ Mr Jacob said.

‘‘There’s a lot of interest not just for the local market but also the export, the south-east Asian market, too,’’ Mr Georgopoulos said.

‘‘From a grower’s point of view, it looks like a grower-friendly Apple. It looks like high yields and high packouts,’’ he said.

‘‘Other apples in the area are sensitive to bruising, this Apple is a hardier Apple,’’ he said.

‘‘Brix levels at the moment before harvest are at 15. The average brix level for an Apple in our area is 12. We did a trial of storing the Apple for 12 months at a brix level of 15 and they came out real nice. Now we know we can store them for a long time,’’ Mr Georgopoulos said.

source: riverineherald.com.au via www.freshplaza.com

Publication date: 4/11/2017

Image: Bravo apple_www.agric.wa.gov.au

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