Hort Innovation is a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development Corporation for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture industry. Hort Innovation invests more than $100 million in research, development and marketing programs annually.
Nuffield Australia 2019 Scholarship winner
Kerri-Ann Lamb from Killarney, Queensland receives a Nuffield Scholarship with support from Hort Innovation.
Kerri-Ann will research emerging trends, risks and opportunities in the fresh cut potato, sweet potato, onion and pumpkin market, to determine what the industry should be doing now to prepare itself for the future.
As an owner and manager of Wickham Farms, Kerri-Ann grows, packs and value-adds to hard vegetables that are delivered to supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants and food manufacturers throughout Australia.
Founded in the 1950s, Wickham Farms is now one of the largest potato growers and processors in Queensland, employing over 85 people and supplying to Coles Supermarkets as well as significant food businesses like Lite n’ Easy, Sizzlers, Red Rooster and Oporto.
“As part of a third generation farming family, I have seen many changes in the potato industry which have been driven by wholesale customers, major growth in the fresh cut industry and a big focus on reducing food waste,” she said.
“I look forward to exploring emerging trends and opportunities for vegetable production around the world, and how these can lead to better value adding and waste management practices at home.”
Researching ways to improve the sustainability and productivity of the horticulture industry, Kerri-Ann will visit the large scale potato processing nations of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as well as operations across other parts of Europe.