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The Australian Nurserymen's Fruit Improvement Company (ANFIC)

ANFIC is a national company made up of twelve progressive nursery members. The company was formed in 1983 and is now registered in all states of Australia. It was incorporated in NSW in 1984.

ANFIC was established "To undertake, promote and further the improvement, import and export of fruit varieties and rootstocks to the horticultural industry on its own behalf or on behalf of any member or non-member."

ANFIC is the Australian member of the Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN) Inc. AIGN® is a worldwide organization which blends the diverse talents of a number of progressive nurserymen and IP Managers in the major growing areas of the world. AIGN® was designed as a marketing entity to further enhance the worldwide availability of fruit tree varieties and related information. Its primary role is that of a co-operator working with the world’s fruit industries. Its members are located in the territories of Argentina\Uruguay; Australia; Chile\Peru; China; European Union (Belgium & France); New Zealand; South Africa; South Korea and USA\Mexico\Canada. ANFIC, through its membership of AIGN, is the exclusive propagator of the Prevar® apple and pear varieties in Australia.

ANFIC (Australia) and AIGN (global) are Intellectual Property (IP) Management companies specialising in the commercialisation of new fruit varieties with an exciting eating experience for consumers.

ANFIC is a non-profit company Limited by Guarantee and is prohibited by its Articles of Association, from distributing any income or profits to or amongst the company members. All members pay a subscription fee annually and this coupled with the small administration fee on protected varieties enables the company to complete its objectives. The companies' day to day operations are undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer who is responsible to an executive board of five members.

"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."


How ANFIC Manages Variety Development

Import and Export of Varieties

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Intellectual Property Management and Protection

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Variety evaluation

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New Variety Commercialisation

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What ANFIC offers to external clients

Intellectual Property Services


Nursery Propagation Services

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Horticulture Fresh Australia (HFA)

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The ANFIC team

  • Dr. Gavin Porter

    Dr Gavin Porter CEO of the Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvement Company and Horticulture Fresh Australia on this project. Gavin’s experience with Australian Horticulture has been developed through private industry and...

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  • Ms. Liz Cox

    Liz is the ANFIC Office Manager responsible for maintaining general office sanity! Liz is a trained agricultural scientist with considerable experience in agriculture industry policy including horticulture. Her role extends...

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  • Mr. Mark Dann

    Mr Mark Dann has been employed by HFA as the Horticulture Marketing Coordinator since June 2011. His main role is to work with strategic partners to commercialise a range of...

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