Zespri to profile Kiwifruit with Metabolomic Discoveries’ Flavour Profiler™

Zespri Kiwifruit are renowned around the world for their great taste and reliable quality. To get a deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind flavour, quality and nutrients, Zespri engaged Metabolomic Discoveries to carry out an extensive biochemical study.

Dr Greg Clark from Zespri International explains the study uses the Flavour Profiler™ Technology to define the flavour profiles and nutrient compositions and match them to Zespri’s consumer sensory data.

The biggest benefit of working with metabolomics technology is that we can measure all the compounds at once, where in the past only a handful of biochemical compounds could be detected in routine testing,” says Dr Clark.

The point of difference for us with Metabolomic Discoveries is that they can do a comprehensive analysis of all the compounds in our kiwifruit. We believe the outcome of this research project will be very important for our R&D and production strategy to help us deliver even better Zespri Kiwifruit in the near future. The team is very dedicated and experienced and has supported us from A to Z,” says Dr Clark.

Dr. Josephine Worseck from Metabolomic Discoveries says there is still much to learn about flavour in kiwifruit. ”The research information available today concentrates on only a limited number of specific compounds. However, several hundred of compounds are involved in delivering a good kiwi flavour. With our Flavour Profiler™ and metabolomics technology, we hope to shed a light on aroma and taste components in Zespri Kiwifruit varieties, environmental influences and nutrient diversity between the varieties.

About Metabolomic Discoveries:
Metabolomic Discoveries is a leading research and analytical service company. The company provides global metabolite analysis – metabolomics – in biological systems. The world-leading advanced machine learning pattern recognition platform provides deep insights into metabolism and allows to develop prediction models leading to the identification of biomarkers. Metabolomic Discoveries has designed and developed the Flavour ProfilerTM technology that is being used to decipher the biochemical complexity of flavour and quality in fruits and vegetables. The output is crucial for the further direction of breeding strategies.

About Zespri:
With sales revenues of $1.57 billion in 2014/15, Zespri is one of the world’s most successful horticulture marketing companies and the Zespri Brand is recognised as the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit. Based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, we are 100 percent owned by current or past kiwifruit growers, and employ approximately 350 people in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas.  On behalf of our 2,500 growers in New Zealand and 1,200 growers based elsewhere, Zespri manages kiwifruit innovation and supply management, distribution management and marketing of Zespri Green, Zespri SunGold, Zespri Organic, Zespri Gold and Zespri Sweet Green Kiwifruit.

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