In 2013 the Australian almond industry became the country’s most valuable horticultural export industry and the first Australian horticultural crop to have annual export sales in excess of $300 million. The industry has come a very long way in a short period of time. In the past decade: almond tonnage has increased from 11,743 tonnes to 73,361 tonnes; domestic consumption has doubled to 0.9 kg per person; and annual export sales have increased from $82 million to over $400 million.
The Australian almond industry’s success and global competitiveness is attributed to various factors: favourable climate for high production; an efficient mechanised production system; counter seasonal production; product versatility; and established and expanding export markets.
Increasing consumer demand is a key factor. Almonds have wonderful health attributes that are underpinning global consumption growth. Almonds are gluten free and a good source of protein, Vitamin E, dietary fibre and monounsaturated fat. Various scientific studies have shown the consumption of almonds has been associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease.
Information contained in this publication provides new or existing stakeholders, government and those in the broader community with key information relating to the production of almonds in Australia.