Fresh, succulent cherries are produced to a very high standard from growers throughout Australia. Growers use modern production systems in orchards with newer plantings of medium to high intensity and trained to open bush systems with some plantings using the open Tatura trellis system.
Orchards are irrigated using low flow systems and growers are extremely conscious of the need to improve their management practices related to orchard soil management.
More than 50 varieties are currently being grown. However as buyers are starting to demand improved quality and longer shelf life many of the older and poorer performing varieties are being replaced with varieties that have good bearing ability, good-sized fruit, and resistance to cracking.
Tasmania has national and international recognition for Area Freedom status for fruit fly. This recognition provides access to a number of international markets where stringent import regulations are in place including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. As an island, and with the strict quarantine controls, Tasmania is also recognised free from a number of important pests and diseases including fire blight. Reduced pest and disease pressure means low level use of chemicals.
Sweet juicy Australian cherries are available from mid/late October to late February. Currently up to 12,000 tonnes of Australian cherries are produced every year with 20% exported, with this expected to rise to 15,000 tonnes and 50% exported by 2015.
Cherries are harvested and immediately hydrocooled and graded on state-of-the-art specialist cherry grading equipment before being packed into 2kg and 5kg cartons designed to meet export market protocols. Australian cherries can be picked, packed and air freighted to Asian markets within 48-60 hours of harvest.
Positioned in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia is well placed to provide counter-seasonal cherries to complement northern producers and help keep your customers supplied with fresh fruit year round.
- AFPC Exports
- Antico International
- Australian Global Exports Pty Ltd
- BGP International
- Caernarvon Cherry Company
- Cherry Export Australia Pty Ltd
- Cherry Isle Tasmania
- Cherryhill Orchards Pty Ltd
- Chiquita Brands South Pacific (Costa Exchange)
- Dakka Trading Pty Ltd
- Freshmax Australia Pty Ltd
- Fruit Growers Tasmania
- Hall-mark Orchards (Young) Pty Ltd
- Hansen Orchards Pty Ltd
- Koala Country Orchards
- Raw Organics Nsw
- Raw Organics Tasmania
- Reid Fruits
- Schenker Australia Pty Ltd
- Topqual Pty Ltd
- Torrens Valley Orchards
- Turnbull Brothers Orchards
- Valleyfresh Exports
- Wandin Valley Farms
- Yv Marketing Pty Ltd
Australian cherries are produced in six states, with New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania being the three largest producers.
The main cherry producing areas of NSW have traditionally been around the centres of Young and Orange. Newer areas include Hillston, Mudgee, Wellington, Tumut and Batlow as the industry tries to extend the NSW cherry season.
Victoria's main cherry growing regions are located in north eastern Victoria, Goulburn Valley, Upper Goulburn/Strathbogie and the southern Victorian area. These areas produce approximately 85% of Victoria's cherry production.
Tasmania has had a rapid expansion in plantings and has a strong export focus, enhanced by its relative pest and disease freedom. Tasmanian cherries are grown in most regions of the state including Huon/Channel, the south east districts (including the Coal River Valley and Sorell), Derwent Valley, Tamar region and north west coast at Spreyton and Ulverstone.
The Mount Lofty Ranges (commonly referred to as the Adelaide Hills) accounts for approximately 90-95% of South Australia's cherry production with fruit also produced in the Riverland region and the South East of South Australia.
Both Western Australia and Queensland are relatively small producers primarily focusing on their domestic markets.
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