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 CEO of the Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvement Company and Horticulture Fresh Australia on this project. Gavin’s experience with Australian Horticulture has been developed through private industry and then through 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 with experience in fruit production and research with practical involvement in stone fruit breeding, low chill stone fruit and mango production. Gavin’s industry association has been supported by industry positions in the Queensland Strawberry Industry and Australian Fresh Stone Fruit Growers Association (Research and Development Committees). Overseas experience has included research and fruit industry development in the USA, Mexico, Indonesia, West Samoa and Vietnam.

More recently Gavin was appointed Director and Corporate Secretary of AIGN (Associated International Group of Nurseries), an international company based in Washington State of the U.S.A.

Ms. Liz Cox

Ms. Liz Cox

Executive Assistant

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.

As the Executive Assistant/Office manager for ANFIC, Liz manages 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.

Mr Mark Dann

Mr Mark Dann

Horticulture Fresh Marketing Coordinator

Mr Mark Dann has been employed by HFA as the Horticulture Marketing Coordinator since June 2011. His main role is to work with strategic partners to commercialise a range of seedless mandarin and table grape varieties through the establishment of coordinated marketing groups. Mark also works closely with HFA’s parent company, ANFIC, to assist in the management of IP and existing variety programs.

PlantNet is the retail arm of HFA. The Horticulture Marketing Coordinator is responsible for coordinating promotion and marketing, providing technical information to growers and home gardeners and working with the ANFIC nursery network.

Mark’s exposure to the horticultural industry in Australia has been extensive. He owned and managed his own low chill stone fruit orchard (also with plantings of avocados, custard apples and persimmons) in Queensland for 27 years. During this time Mark developed both nutritional and farm management programs for all of these crops, with a strong focus on growth management for optimum crop production.

Mark was extremely active in the early coordinated marketing groups in the horticultural industry. He worked extensively with QDPI and other industry partners. Mark was very hands on in his own business and this has transferred to his approach in his role with HFA and PlantNet.