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Michael Vorrasi

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

Michael Vorrasi, from Adelaide in South Australia, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Hort Innovation using funds from the National Vegetable R&D Levy and matching funds from the Australian Government.

He investigated opportunities for value-added vegetables to boost grower returns, consumption of fresh produce and markets for second grade produce.

Michael is the managing director of DSA Fresh, a hydroponic grower and processor of gourmet lettuce, Asian vegetables, herbs and other fresh vegetable cuts that services Adelaide, Western Australia and Melbourne.

He has overseen the growth of this business to its current production of more than three-million hydroponic plants and processing of more than 150 tonnes of fresh produce annually. The next phase of expansion includes supply contracts with Australia’s major supermarket chains and export developments.

Michael says he believes there are major opportunities to value-add to fresh vegetables to increase returns to Australian growers and the industry as a whole.

“We can be better branding and innovating to lift vegetable consumption, especially targeting domestic convenience and export markets that are growing at a fast pace,” he says.

“Vegetable waste is also a big issue in our industry, with an estimated 33 per cent of fresh food worth about $2.6 billion per annum, being reduced or discarded.

“Through my scholarship I investigated alternative options for this second-grade produce.”

To achieve his research goals, Michael travelled to Europe, South East Asia and the USA.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Scholarship report: click to view
Returning Scholar presentation: watch video
Returning Scholar profile:
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Michael Vorrasi was supported by:

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