Vanilla production in Australia: Feasibility report

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Vanilla is the world’s second-most expensive spice, after saffron, and in 2019 Australia ranked third in the world’s top countries for vanilla consumption and sixth for vanilla imports. However, vanilla production in Australia is very limited, with about 15 commercial growers situated between the required growing latitudes 20° north and south of the Equator.

The development of a feasibility report is the first phase in identifying growth potential for the Australian vanilla industry. Phase two of this project the development of a research, development and extension plan.

This feasibility report is the result of extensive desktop research and stakeholder consultation across the Australian vanilla industry to determine the potential of vanilla production in Australia and to recommend the next steps to further establish the Australian vanilla industry.

The Vanilla production in Australia: Feasibility report has been produced as part of AgriFutures Australia’s Emerging Industries Program, which focuses on new and emerging industries with high growth potential. Emerging animal and plant industries play an important part in the Australian agricultural landscape. They contribute to the national economy and are key to meeting changing global food demands.

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