Why Is the Australian Almond Sector Growing?

Australian almonds are sold all over the world. With such a healthy domestic as well as international market, it is understandable why so many Australian farmers have shifted to almond production in recent years. The crop more than doubled in size in Australia in the last few years. Much of the almond-growing industry in Australia is centred in the south of the country but smaller and smaller growers are experimenting with the crop in other states, too, these days. Why are Australian almonds a crop that many in the agricultural sector predicting will continue to see good yields? Read on to find out.

  • Export Success

As mentioned, Australian almonds are exported around the world these days. According to industry assessments, Asia and the Pacific rim accounts for over half of the country's export market. With more and more almonds grown in Australia going to the Chinese market, in particular, continued export growth in this region can be expected. The next most important international market for almonds is Europe. Even though continental Europe has a significant almond growing sector itself, Australian almonds are considered to be of high quality, beating much of the locally grown crop. In particular, the UK — which does not have a large domestic almond-growing industry — relies on imports of Australian-produced almonds. Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Latin America have all seen more imports of Almonds grown in Australia in recent years, as well.

  • Diverse Almond Produce

In Australia, producers are able to deliver consistent results with three main almond crops. The Australian nonpareil almond is known for its uniform shape and classic, nutty taste. Equally, Australian price almonds are sought after for their buttery flavour whether they're eaten whole or ground into flour for cake production. The other popular almond is the Australian caramel, a nut that has a rich and intense aroma. Many of the almonds produced in the country are graded towards the higher end of the market meaning they tend to demand a higher sale price.

  • Almond Milk Production Growth

Although many almonds grown in Australia are used as foodstuffs in their own right or as ingredients, some production is set aside for almond milk. Almond milk consumption has grown significantly in recent years, notably in North America, where alternatives to dairy herd-produced milk are popular. This relatively new avenue for almond producers to explore means that there is an even higher demand for almonds of high quality around the world today.