Australia’s combined apple and pear industries produce more fruit for fresh produce consumption than any other fruit industry in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics noted the industries together produced 400,439 tonnes of fruit in the year ended 30 June 2015.
For the year 2014-15, Australia’s apple industry was valued at nearly $556 million, while the pear industry was valued at around $125 million. The combined apple and pear industry was valued at $681 million, making it the highest value fruit industry in Australia, larger than citrus ($508M), bananas ($455M) and table grapes ($343M).
There are about 560 commercial apple and/or pear growers in the country. All states produce apples and Victoria is the largest pear producer, with around 90 per cent of the nation’s pears grown there.
In 2013-14, Australians ate an average of 8.43kg of apples per year which amounts to about 1 apple a week, and they eat around 2.44kg of pears a year, which is about one a month.
Australian only exports a small proportion of its apples and pears, but the industry is looking to increase this significantly. Only a small quantity of apple and pears are imported into Australia from overseas.
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