Record high for Victorian food and fibre exports

Published: 25 October 2017

Victorian Food and Fibre 2016-2017 exports.- Infographic shows the annual growth rate over the past five years including animal fibre of 7 per cent, seafood and wine both at 10 per cent, prepared foods at 14 per cent and horticulture at 17 per cent. In the last year, pulses have increased by 160 %, citrus by 16%, wine by 16%, table grapes increased $349 million, wool $1.8 billion and lamb $764 million. Table grapes to China increased by 45%, Wool to China by 19% and Lamb to USA by 23%

Victoria has set a new record with food and fibre exports reaching $12.8 billion – the biggest total in the state's history.

According to the 2016-17 Food and Fibre Export Performance Report released today, Victoria  accounts for 25 per cent of Australia's food and fibre exports.

A key strength of the Victorian food and fibre sector is its diversity and reputation for producing high quality, clean and healthy food for key export regions such as Asia.

In 2016-17, Victoria accounted for 79 per cent of Australia's dairy exports, 55 per cent of wool exports, 46 per cent of horticultural exports and 38 per cent of prepared food exports.

Prepared foods had a strong year, earning $1.5 billion, increasing by $164 million or 12 per cent last financial year.

Grains also had an excellent year, with an all-time record grain harvest earning $1.8 billion in 2016-17 – an increase of $839 million or 87 per cent on the previous financial year.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • Citrus exports rose by $16 million, with an increase in exports to China of 38 per cent
  • Wine exports rose to $290 million, with an increase in exports to China of 40 per cent
  • Table grapes rose to $349 million, with an increase in exports to China of 45 per cent
  • Wool exports rose to $1.8 billion, with an increase in exports to China of 19 per cent
  • Lamb exports rose to $764 million, with an increase in exports to the USA of 23 per cent.

The full report is available the Agriculture Victoria website.