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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 2017/18

    • Orchard area planted to almonds increased by 3,546 hectares in 2017 to now total 39,662 hectares
    • The number of almond trees now planted in orchards totals more than 11.5 million
    • One million virus tested buds were delivered by the ABA to nurseries for grafting to produce healthy trees
    • 2017 production of 79,461 tonnes was slightly less than the 2016 harvested crop
    • Australia produced 7% of the global crop to remain the world’s second largest producer behind the USA that grew 80% of world production
    • Almonds were 62% 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
    • 48.1% of Australian households purchased almonds in the year ending February 2018
    • Almond demand by manufacturers was boosted with 302 new products reaching supermarket shelves in 2017
    • Australian almonds were exported to 51 countries
    • Almond exports earned the nation $429 million
    • For every one tonne of almonds sold in Australia, 2.4 tonnes were sold overseas
    • India was the single largest destination for exports
    • Europe as a region consumed 32.8% of Australia’s almond exports with sales of $140.5 million
    • East Asia is an emerging market for Australian almonds taking 13.3% of total exports

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.

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