Kakadu plum value chain

Research project update

Project name:
Improving the efficiency of Kakadu Plum/Gubinge value chains to grow a robust and sustainable industry


  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland and support from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Kindred Spirits Enterprises Pty Ltd – Traditional Homeland Enterprises (T. H. E.)

This project brings together existing partners the UQ QAAFI, Kindred Spirits Enterprises – Traditional Homeland Enterprises (T.H.E.) and Charles Darwin University to review the existing value chains within the established Kakadu Plum (KP)/ Gubinge  (Terminalia ferdinandiana) industry to address the issue of supplying consistently high quality KP/ Gubinge products to ensure a more reliable supply of products which can better capture market access and grow customer loyalty.

Existing Aboriginal suppliers of KP/Gubinge in the Thamarrurr Region of NT and the Kimberley region of WA will work with researchers to undertake an extensive review of the existing value chain by mapping, analysing and identifying efficiencies, identifying impediments and solutions to overcome them. Innovative solutions to local processing and maintaining fruit quality will be trialled and new commercial applications will be developed.

In addition to identifying production and facilities enhancements, the project will also work to develop training tools for product costing, start-up businesses, hygienic processing of food and quality assurance.