Hort Innovation 2019/20 Handbook releasedNews
Hort Innovation released its annual Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2019/20 last week. According to the Handbook, the horticulture sector overall exceeded $15 billion in production value in 2019/20 despite the challenging growing and market conditions. Although production volume had decreased by 1.5% due to seasonal conditions such as drought and bushfires, value increased by 4.5%, from $14.4 billion to $15.1 billion.
Hort Innovation Head of Data and Insights Adam Briggs said, this growth showed that consumers were still supporting and purchasing Aussie fruit, vegetables and nuts despite price increases.”
The data for apples and pears shows:
- Despite two consecutive years of small reductions in production volumes, the industry has expanded in terms of value in both these years, from $465.3 million in 2017/18 to $578.7 million in 2019/20.
- The amount sent to the foodservice industry has reduced from 13% of fresh supply in 2018/19 to 11% in 2019/20. The total growth in value, however, indicates that increased retail demand compensated for this reduction.
- Pears have also achieved strong growth over the past two years, from $101.6 million 2017/18 to $130.0 million in 2019/20, with production volume stable over this period.
- Pears achieved significant growth in volumes sent to processing, increasing from 34% of production in 2018/19 to 39% in 2019/20. This could have been on the back of increased demand for canned goods during covid, which was seen across a number of fruit and vegetable product lines.
The Handbook is free and available from Hort Innovation’s website.
The Handbook was released via a free webinar. You can watch all or part of the recorded webinar .