Value adding to truffles in Western Australia
Organisation: Truffle Producers of Western Australia Inc
Grower Group R&D Grant amount: $360,000
Truffles are an emerging industry in the South West of Western Australia. In 2015, WA producers represented 80 per cent of Australian production.
However, fresh truffles have a short shelf-life of two to three weeks, and a short season of only three months over winter.
Manjimup-based food processors Fresh Produce Alliance and Truffle Producers of Western Australia Inc have joined together to investigate new methods to create unique truffle products with an extended shelf-life, while maintaining quality and taste.
This research will allow consumers to enjoy the gourmet delicacy for longer, and create new high-value market opportunities for Western Australian truffle producers.
The $17.4 million Grower Group R&D Grants Program is a major component of the Agricultural Sciences R&D Fund managed by DAFWA.
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