The industry body for Australian summer stonefruit growers, Summerfruit Australia, is poised to crack the massive Chinese market following the successful exportation of Australian table grapes in April.
Peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots are next on the list of local produce to be progressed for access into the market of 1.3 billion people with the industry aiming for the first shipment later this year.
Australia is counter seasonal to the local supplies in China so the Summerfruit Industry can supply out-of-season peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots for key festive events including the Chinese New Year, The Lantern and Zhonghe festivals in February and the Ching Ming festival in April.
President of Summerfruit Australia, Ian McAlister, said the Chinese will enjoy getting stuck into Australia’s 100 per cent dribblicious summer stonefruit.
“Our soil and climate creates the perfect environment for farmers to grow excellent quality summer stonefruit,” he said. “Australia’s white-fleshed peaches and nectarines are high in sugar and low in acidity – exactly what the Chinese consumers want.”
Australian summer stonefruit is produced by about 1,200 growers in 26 regions across the country. Production has risen by approximately 25% over the last decade with growers producing more than 100,000 tonnes of fruit from October to April each year.
In 2008-2009, Australia exported 10,435 tonnes or $30.06 million worth of summer stonefruit.