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Thinking of value-adding, expanding your business or looking into exporting? Wondering if now is the right time? A comprehensive collection of the data you need to make those decisions is now available, following the release of the 2017/18 Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook.

Published by Hort Innovation, the annual Handbook consolidates horticulture statistical information for use by industry, researchers and decision-makers, while supporting policy formation and contributing to further research that will benefit the industry.The publication is part of the ongoing across-industry levy investment Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2015-2018 (AH15001).

Capturing data up until 30 June 2018, the handbook combines and analyses all available figures on production, international trade, processing volumes and fresh market distribution to produce statistics on 75 horticultural categories, including olives. The modelling approach determines the fresh market value and volume for each category, reconciling production with local and international distribution channel throughputs, and provides industry-relevant data in a grower-accessible, easy to understand format.

Australian olive industry statistics for the year ending 30 June 2018 include:

  • 55,000 tonnes – fresh olives produced
  • 52,165 tonnes (95%) – processed for oil
  • 3 million litres – olive oil produced
  • $AUD230.3M – wholesale value of olive oil produced

For convenience and reader relevance, the Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2017/18 is available for download in four different category sections: Fruit – including olives, Vegetables, Nuts and Other. You can access them here, with the olive industry overview covering pages 228-231.

The Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2017/18 has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the across industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.