Consumer

Growers, exporters, and retailers all share the same goal: to get high-quality apples and pears into the hands of consumers.

Imported Apples

Australian consumers are fortunate to have access to sweet, crisp and juicy locally grown apples all year round thanks to excellence in storage technology. One of the great natural features of apples is that they store well, requiring no artificial flavours or preservatives to keep them sweet, juicy and crisp and negating the need to import apples to fill seasonal windows here.

Very few imported apples are sold in Australia thanks to our strong industry and commitment from major retailers to support growers, but if you want to certain you are eating Australian-grown, look for the AussieApples sticker on your apple.

Remember, the best place to keep your Australian apples after you buy them is in the fridge–this keeps them cool, slows the ripening process and keeps them fresher for longer.

How can I be sure my apples are Australian grown?

How can I be sure my apples are Australian grown?

You can almost be certain that your apple is Australian grown with 99.7% of all apples stocked in Aussie retailers, sourced from orchards. This is in part due to our cold storage technology that allows apples to be stored in optimal conditions 12-months of the year, but also thanks to the commitment of retailers to support Australian primary producers. Woolworth’s reconfirmed their commitment to Australian growers: At Woolworths we’re proud to source 100 percent of our apples from Australian growers. We know our customers love Australian apples and they’ll always be our first pick to put on the shelves.   

The USA has lodged an application to grant access for US-apples into Australia which is currently being reviewed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

How can I be sure my apples are Australian grown?
Does Australia import apples from overseas?

Does Australia import apples from overseas?

Does Australia import apples from overseas?

Although the vast majority of apples sold in Australia are grown locally (99.7%), China, Japan and New Zealand have access to the Australian apple market, provided they can meet specific biosecurity requirements.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has also received a formal market access request from the USA for apples. The USA has indicated this is their highest priority horticultural new market access request.

As a member of the WTO, Australia is obligated to develop import conditions that are scientifically justified and do not restrict trade.  The same principles are used by our trading partners when assessing access rights for Australian commodities.

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