About Us

The Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvement Company (ANFIC)

ANFIC is a national company made up of ten progressive nursery members. The company was formed in 1983 and is registered in all states of Australia.

As an Intellectual Property (IP) Management and Commercialisation company, ANFIC is focused on the development and management of fruit varieties for industry. Our goal is to identify and develop commercial opportunities for new fruit varieties and rootstocks that will assist growers to develop, expand and obtain a greater share of the Australian and global fresh fruit markets.

ANFIC also provides independent IP Management and Commercialisation services in Australia for many owner/breeders from around the world.

ANFIC is the Australian member of the Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN), which was the first international group in the world (having formed in 1988) to manage Intellectual Property rights and commercialization on behalf of plant breeders. As the Australian member of AIGN, ANFIC is the exclusive propagator of the Prevar® apple and pear varieties in Australia.

“Access to new varieties is not enough. The value lies in the ability to leverage intellectual knowledge associated with new varieties, and the ability to gain commercial traction in terms of market acceptance, retail support and critical mass.”

Ordering trees

More information can be found on the Grower Information page.

Home gardeners

Home gardeners can purchase blueberries, ornamental and fruit trees from the PlantNet website.

The ANFIC team

Dr. Gavin Porter

Dr. Gavin Porter

ANFIC CEO

Dr Gavin Porter is CEO of the Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvement Company and Horticulture Fresh Australia. Gavin’s experience with Australian horticulture was developed through private industry and 17 years at the University of Queensland, Gatton campus as a lecturer in fruit crop production and manager of a 40 ha horticulture production unit. Gavin has experience in fruit production and research with practical involvement in stone fruit breeding and low chill stone fruit and mango production. Gavin’s industry association has been supported through positions in the Queensland Strawberry Industry and Australian Fresh Stone Fruit Growers Association (Research and Development Committees).

Overseas experience includes research and fruit industry development in the USA, Mexico, Indonesia, West Samoa and Vietnam. Gavin holds the position of Director and Corporate Secretary of the Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN) which is an international company based in Washington State, USA.

Ms. Liz Cox

Ms. Liz Cox

Executive Assistant

As the ANFIC Executive Assistant, Liz manages all office adminstration and a broad range of business functions including import and export processes, data management across a range of programs, development of website content and business improvement processes. With a Masters Degree in Applied Science, Liz has over 20 years experience in the field of aquaculture research & development. She then moved into fisheries and agriculture policy including horticulture & forestry industry advisory roles. Her analytical and organisational skills are invaluable in organising and improving work processes. Having worked from a young age on her parents strawberry runner farm in Tasmania, Liz also has an understanding of small farming business pressures.

 

Mr Mark Dann

Mr Mark Dann

Horticulture Fresh Australia Marketing Coordinator

Mr Mark Dann joined HFA as the Horticulture Marketing Coordinator in June 2011. His roles is include commercialising a range of seedless mandarin and table grape varieties through the establishment of coordinated marketing groups and to assist ANFIC with the management of variety programs and Intellectual Property, manage the retail arm of HFA, PlantNet- coordinating promotion and marketing and providing technical information to home gardeners.

Mark worked extensively with both government and industry partners and was actively involved in the early horticultural industry coordinated marketing groups. Mark owned and managed his own low chill stone fruit orchard (also with plantings of avocados, custard apples and persimmons) in Queensland for 27 years where he developed both nutritional and farm management programs for all crops, with a strong focus on growth management for optimum crop production.

Mr Tony Filippi

Mr Tony Filippi

ANFIC Industry Development Officer

Based in Victoria, Tony Filippi started work with ANFIC in November 2020 to assist in managing intellectual property rights for ANFIC varieties and rootstocks. Tony provides extension services to growers, undertakes desktop and on-farm audits and collects evaluation data for new varieties.

Tony is a skilled project manager and agronomic consultant with a strong background in integrated pest management, quality control management, auditing, on farm biosecurity and stakeholder engagement and communication. Tony has over 25 years  industry development experience in the citrus, pome and stone fruit industries as well as owning and managing a vineyard.

Tony was a recipient of an Australian Biosecurity IndustryAward in 2013 for his role in developing the Citrus IPM Orchard and Packhouse Registration Export Protocol for growers. Tony is currently completing a Bachelor of Horticulture degree with Charles Sturt University.