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New office location

Rudge Produce Systems is currently located upstairs in the Melbourne Market Authority office building. Our contact details are: Phone: 03 9408 4645 Fax 03 9401 4625 Email:

Epping market move

Rudge Produce Systems is currently in the process of moving its office out to the Epping market. For all inquiries please continue to use the current contact details (our mailing address has now changed). We will be updating these over the next few weeks

2014 Mango season

The 2014 Mango season is upon us with both Kensington Pride and R2E2 varieties seen throughout the markets. Fruit has generally been marked with scars and other cosmetic defects. Resin canal disorder (RCD) had been an issue in the earlier consignments but has since declined. Cleaner lines with consistent colour are starting to filter throughREAD MORE

Grape Maturity

Supplies of Menindee Seedless grapes from the Emerald district are now building. Rudge Produce testing has shown widely fluctuating brix levels both between growers and within grower lines. This reflects the variability of maturity within vineyards that faces growers and highlights the importance of testing each block before picking. Growers cannot lose sight of theREAD MORE

New Forms Streamline Produce Testing

Rudge clients can now use our new on-line forms to request produce testing.  The forms are part of our revamped website and are designed to be user-friendly and clarify instructions. For some time customers have been able to request produce inspections from our website and this opportunity has new been broadened to include testing forREAD MORE

Should we test fresh produce for lead?

  In July 2011, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) published Maximum Levels (MLs) for lead in the Food Standards Code.  After this major retailers began asking suppliers to test fresh fruit and vegetables to prove that levels complied with MLs. Lead is a toxin that affects the blood, nervous system and kidneys.  HighREAD MORE

Produce Testing

Produce testing is complicated and expensive.  Your testing program needs to meet the rigid requirements of customers and the limits set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Rudge Produce Systems offers a full range of chemical, micro and heavy metal tests.  We encourage you to use our database to plan your testing and decideREAD MORE

Seafreight Thompsons

The first sea shipments of USA Thompson Seedless grapes have now arrived in Australia. After a nervous wait most importers are cautiously optimistic about the future of their Thompson Seedless programs. Thompson Seedless is Australia’s most popular grape variety and three years ago USA Thompsons were a huge hit with Australian consumers. That was beforeREAD MORE