Hazelnut growth through the Implementation of the 2030 Strategic Blueprint

Hazelnut Growers of Australia Inc

  • Project code: PRJ-012317

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • Project completion date: Friday, October 29, 2021

  • National Priority: NEI - New and Emerging Industries - M1


During 2018/19 the Hazelnut Growers of Australia inc (Hazelnut Growers of Australia (HGA)) prepared and completed a 2030 Strategic Blueprint titled ‘Premium Australian Hazelnuts’. The document aims to drive the growth and expansion of the Australian Hazelnut industry out to 2030 as part of achieving the Australian Government policy of building Australian Agriculture to $100 billion growth by 2030. The Hazelnut industry is emerging in Australia with approximately 350 tonnes produced in Australia by local growers. In contrast, 4,000 tonnes of hazelnuts are imported each year demonstrating the potential of hazelnuts as a crop for a diversified farm or as a sole venture. The vision of Hazelnut Growers of Australia is that by 2030 ‘Customers will be buying a range of diversified premium hazelnut products via strong established supply chains, tripling the farm gate value of our nut’. The project aims to develop a process and programs to implement the strategies and actions within the Blueprint.


New and Emerging Industries

Research Organisation

Hazelnut Growers of Australia Inc

Objective Summary

The broad objective is the implementation of ‘HIT’ Groups – Hazelnut Information and Technology groups in the major production States of New South Wales, Victoria South Australia and Tasmania with the specific aims of – a) Implementation of the Hazelnut Industry Strategic Framework document out to 2030 detailing the requirements for research on cultivars and rootstocks, supply systems for planting material, targets for orchard establishment, biosecurity and agronomy, facilities required for harvest, grading, storage processing, distribution (including export), marketing and representation at national and international levels. b) development of strong ties with national and international hazelnut experts in research, production, processing and marketing. c) development of strategic goals for the commercialisation of Australian research in hazelnut processing. d) Development of Grower and processor standards. e) Collective marketing and distribution model developed. f) Best practice quality systems and certification at nursery level. g) Development of a research, development and extension program. h) Upgrading of a Hazelnut website and Facebook page. i) Development and implementation of a Communication and Engagement program.