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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 2019/20

  • Orchard area planted to almonds increased from 45,088 hectares in 2018 to now 53,014 hectares in 2019.
  • The number of almond trees planted in orchards totals more than 15.4 million.
  • 46% of Australian almond plantings are Nonpareil.
  • 95% of almond orchards are efficiently irrigated using drip systems managed by soil moisture monitoring technology.
  • The 2019 almond production was 104,437 tonnes, the largest crop to date.
  • Australian almond exports were worth $772 million in 2019-20.
  • Australia produced 7% of the global almond crop, remaining the world’s second largest producer behind the USA that grew 79% of the world production.
  • Almonds were 71% of Australia’s total tree nut crop (measured as inshell tonnes), macadamias, walnuts, pistachios, and pecans accounted for the rest.
  • Almonds remained the most frequently used nut ingredient in new products launched during our 2019-20 marketing year (i.e. from March 2019 to February 2020).
  • Annual per capita consumption of almonds in Australia is 1.13 kilograms.
  • Domestic sales of almonds in 2019-20 grew by 5% over the previous year to a total of 29,508 tonnes.
  • The export volume of Australian almonds grew from 60,894 tonnes in 2018-19 to 76,556 tonnes in 2019-20.
  • Australian almond exports to China and Hong Kong grew from 20% of our total exports in 2018-19 to 52% in 2019-20.

Almond orchard expansion has slowed, it has reached an orchard area of just over 53,000 hectares. This means Australia’s productive capacity will soon reach 160,000 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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