About Us

The Australian Nurserymen's Fruit Improvement Company (ANFIC)

Celebrating 40 years in 2024!

ANFIC stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of horticulture in Australia.

The remarkable organisation has played a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s fruit industries, contributing to the development of new fruit varieties and rootstocks, and ensuring the continued success of Australian orchardists.

The roots of ANFIC can be traced back to the early 1980s when a group of visionary nurserymen and horticulturists gathered to address the need for improved fruit varieties tailored to the Australian climate. Established in 1984, ANFIC was formed as a cooperative venture, with the primary goal of facilitating the evaluation, commercialisation and distribution of new fruit varieties. This initiative was timely, given Australia’s diverse climate, the need for fruit cultivars that could thrive in various regions and the introduction of Plant Breeders Rights to protect overseas breeding programs.

In 2023/2024 ANFIC is made up of 10 progressive Nursery members located in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.

ANFIC, through its Nursery members, represents a significant percentage of the Australian fruit tree nursery industry supplying all major fruit-producing areas. ANFIC members produce both public and proprietary/protected fruit varieties of all fruit and nut species. This diversity of fruit varieties provides a strong base for many fruit industries while maintaining a core nucleus of deciduous fruit tree nurseries.

ANFIC’s objective remains the same as it was 40 years ago: ”To undertake, promote and further the improvement, import and export of fruit varieties and rootstocks to the horticultural industry.”

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

Rachael Clark

Executive Assistant

Mr. Tony Filippi

ANFIC Industry Development Officer