Horticulture

Victoria is Australia’s major exporter of horticultural products and is recognised internationally for producing some of the world's cleanest, greenest and premium food products – supported by complete traceability of our production and supply chain.

Our agribusiness sector is diverse and covers a wide geographical spread and product range. Fresh and dried fruit are the highest value export category, and almonds are Victoria’s single most valuable horticultural export.

Melbourne’s world-class port and transport infrastructure allows efficient export to international customers. Consumers around the world enjoy Victorian fresh produce, in particular premium produce such as table grapes, citrus, summer-fruit, cherries, olives, almonds, apples and pears.

There is also potential for significant growth in the export of fresh products to Asian markets.

Supported by a skilled workforce

Victoria has a number of world-class universities teaching specialised courses, educating and upskilling the workforce on advanced horticultural production.

Emerging crops

Victoria’s innovative agriculture and food industries are constantly generating new opportunities, such as medicinal cannabis, native herbs, truffles, and ready-to-cook meals.

Victoria's share of Australia's exports are 70% in dairy and 57% in fruit

Fast facts

  • Horticulture exports from Victoria were valued at A$1.2 billion in 2017-18, an increase of A$47 million from 2016-17.
  • In 2017-18, 45 per cent of horticulture exports were from Victoria.
  • A$314 million worth of almonds were exported from Victoria in 2017-18.
  • China was Victoria’s highest value market for horticulture exports, valued at A$243 million in 2017-18.
  • Citrus exports to China increased by 59 per cent in 2017-18 to be valued at A$62 million.
  • India was the second largest horticulture export market for Victoria (A$142 million), followed by Japan (A$88 million) in 2017-18.

Discover how we can help your business go global

Victorian Government Trade and Investment offices

Our international network of Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) offices can provide tailored market intelligence, insights and guidance for your export business. They can also connect you with overseas industry partners. Contact us to learn more about how our team of trade specialists can help your business go global.

Programs and initiatives

We offer a range of programs and initiatives to build and strengthen your export capabilities and help expand your business.

Trade missions

Interested in targeting new global markets? Our successful trade mission programs play an important role in supporting your business to expand its export potential. Visit our trade missions page to find out more.

Want to know more?

The Australian Food and Agribusiness Directory

Food and Innovation Australia (FIAL), the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in collaboration with Data61 have created an easy-to-use searchable map of Australia that will help you connect with other stakeholders from across the entire industry value chain.