Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Olive Growing industry is highly fragmented. Outside of small hobby farms, the industry ranges from small olive producers without a strong brand that grow fruit for the bulk olive oil market, to large vertically-integrated companies that supply table olives for supermarkets, target export markets and olive oil manufacturing. As a result, the scale of olive production varies significantly. Prior to the past five years, the Olive Growing industry experienced rapid growth, with many boutique fruit growers planting olive trees to diversify their farms' income. However, smaller olive growers scaled down capacity over the two years through 2012-13 in response to trading conditions... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Olive farmers are concentrated in southern Australia, where the climate is best suited for growing. Olives grow best in areas that have hot, dry summers and cold winters. Olive trees also require moist soil, so growing is confined to areas with access to irrigation. Victoria accounts for the highest portion of olives growers, followed by Western Australia and South Australia. Victoria is home to the industry’s only major player, Boundary Bend Limited. The location of industry players has changed minimally over the past decade. This is due to the long life-span of olive trees, with some trees around the world known to be 1,000 years old. Furthermore, olive trees can be neglected for many years, then re-nourished and brought back into production.
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