Australian Almond Insights (Statistics)
“Almond Insights” provides an up to date assessment of the Australian almond industry using information provided by growers, processors, marketers, government and other organisations.
Highlights from 2018/19
- Orchard area planted to almonds increased from 42,424.22 hectares in 2017 to now total 45,088.92 hectares in 2018.
- The number of almond trees now planted in orchards totals more than 12.8 million.
- Over 1.4 million virus tested buds were delivered by the ABA to nurseries for grafting to produce healthy trees.
- 2018 production of 79,901 tonnes was slightly more than the 2017 harvested crop.
- Australia produced 6% of the global crop to remain the world’s second largest producer behind the USA that grew 79% of world production.
- Almonds were 61% of Australia’s total tree nut crop that includes macadamias, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts and chestnuts (measured as inshell tonnage).
- 99% of almond orchards are efficiently irrigated using drip systems managed by soil moisture monitoring technology.
- Annual per capita consumption of almonds in Australia is 1.09 kilograms.
- Domestic sales of almonds in 2018-19 grew by 7% over the previous year to a total of 27,954 tonnes.
- Almonds remained the most frequently used nut ingredient in new products launched during our 2018-19 marketing year (ie from March 2018 to February 2019).
- The export volume of Australian almonds grew from 54,343 tonnes in 2017-18 to 60,894 tonnes in 2018-19.
- Almond exports earned the nation $552 million.
- Australian almond exports to China and Hong Kong grew from 2% of our Total Exports in 2017-18 to 20% in 2018-19.
With the almond orchard expansion currently underway, orchard area will increase to around 50,000 hectares. This means Australia’s productive capacity will reach 150,000 tonnes with associated exports of 120,000 tonnes delivering forecast farmgate revenue of more than $1 billion. This industry expansion will benefit river communities in the Murray Darling Basin. The water market will ensure that limited water resources are directed to those industries delivering the most value. The benefit to the communities in almond producing regions is evident as the capital investment in establishing orchards and the revenue generated from them stimulates economic prosperity.