Almonds: Australian Industry Sees Slowdown In Planting But More Room For Growth

Almond split in California orchard. ©Sara Savary, AgFax Media

The Almond Board of Australia (ABA) has released its wrapup report for the country’s 2019-2020 season.

ABA released the overview in its “Almond Insights” newsletter. The assessments were based on information provided by growers, processors, marketers, government and other organizations.

Highlights from the 2019/2020 report:

  • Orchard area planted to almonds increased from 45,088 hectares (111,415 acres) to 53,014 hectares (111,414.87) 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 (115,122 tons), the largest crop to date.
  • Australian almond exports were worth !$772 million (US$550) in 2019-20.
  • Australia produced 7% of the global almond crop, remaining the world’s second largest producer behind the U.S, which 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 the 2019-20 marketing year (i.e. from March 2019 to February 2020).
  • Annual per capita consumption of almonds in Australia is 1.13 kilograms (2.5 pounds).
  • Domestic sales of almonds in 2019-20 grew by 5% over the previous year to a total of 29,508 tonnes (32,527 tons).
  • The export volume of Australian almonds grew from 60,894 tonnes (67124 tons) in 2018-19 to 76,556 tonnes (84,388 tons) in 2019-20.
  • Australian almond exports to China and Hong Kong grew from 20% of almond total exports in 2018-19 to 52% in 2019-20.
  • Almond orchard expansion has slowed, reaching an orchard area of just over 53,000 hectares (130,965.85). “This means Australia’s productive capacity will soon reach 160,000 tonnes (176,369 tons) delivering forecast farmgate revenue of more than A$1 billion (US$710 million).”



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