SNFL’s history in Australia dates back to the early 2000’s, where Tim Sheehan made several trips to Mildura and later developed a breeding program, the Australis collection, focusing on black seedless varieties.
The Sheehan Genetics varieties were imported into Australia from California between 2004 and 2005 and then released from quarantine two years later. Evaluations were conducted in the Sunraysia region and the first commercial licenses were issued in 2011. Since then, there have been substantial plantings of varieties including Melody™, Great Green™, Ivory™, Allison™ and Luisco™. Varieties like Timpson™, Sunrise Red™ and Carlita™ are becoming increasingly important to help Australian growers meet the growing demand in Asian markets.