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Major Commodities - Dried Fruits


Most of Australia's dried grapes are grown in the Sunraysia region of northwest Victoria and southwest New South Wales. Small quantities are also produced in the Riverland region of South Australia and in Western Australia.

The main grape varieties grown for drying are sultana, Snmuscat, Sunglo, Carina and Black Gem currants, and raisins.

Australia's dried grape industry is renowned for its innovative thinking. For more than a century, dried fruit producers have been developing the world's best viticultural systems and management practices.

The industry is also actively researching new varieties and improved drying techniques to produce the golden sultanas sought after in export markets.

Australian dried fruits: fast facts

  • 98% of Australia's dried grapes are produced in the Mildura region. The industry's success can be attributed to the region's dry climate, soil type and irrigation systems.
  • Mildura region Economic Profile, 2016

  • More than 500 growers produce dried grapes from about 3,500 hectares of irrigated land.
  • Dried Fruits Australia, 2018

  • In the year ending June 2018, 76,289 tonnes of fresh grapes were produced for drying, which after drying accounted for 16, 953 tonnes of dried grapes. The wholesale value of the dried supply was $91 million.
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia, 2017/18 Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook

  • Sultana types are the most commonly dried grape variety in Australia. These dried grapes accounted for 85% of production.
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia, 2017/18 Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook

  • Total Australian dried grapes exports in 2017/18 totaled 4,553 tonnes and were valued at $19.8 million.
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia, 2017/18 Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook

  • On average, Australians eat 1.4kg of dried grapes a year.
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia, 2017/18 Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook

For more, view NFF Farm Facts 2012.

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