The cider industry must adapt to changes in agricultural practices, the reduction in input use and climate change. Increased variability due to these changes is causing new challenges for the cider industry.
The Actia Résilicidre Joint Technological Unit focuses on these questions to deliver results (knowledge, crop management techniques, tools) that help industry stakeholders best meet the challenges that they are and will continue to be confronted with in the future. Its programme aims to:
- characterise the impact of changes to farming practices and climate change on the quality of fruit and contribute to the adaptation of farming practices and harvesting methods;
- adapt cider production to the variability of raw materials and consumer expectations in terms of flavour and the use of pesticides.
The programme of this Joint Technological Unit, based in Rheu, began in January 2022 for a five-year period.
The development of industry-specific scientific and technical knowledge and/or acquisition and exploitation of such knowledge from other industries.
Structuring and integrating this knowledge and adapting it to the industry’s actual situation, which requires a good overall understanding of the raw materials, processes and finished products.
Recommendations for new farming practices or the improvement of existing practices in order to better control the quality of the finished products.
In addition to this fairly standard approach, the Actia Résilicidre Joint Technological Unit is conducting specific research alongside industry professionals (from apple growers to cideries) on techniques for harvesting fruit and preserving their properties until they are processed.