Queensland supplies the winter production of strawberries for Australia, with the season running from May to October each year. Queensland now also supplies a quantity of summer production, with strawberries being grown from October to May in the Stanthorpe region.
There are approximately 80 strawberry growers in Queensland, covering over 300 hectares of land. The majority of growers are located in the Caboolture region, north of Brisbane and up to the Sunshine Coast. Bundaberg is also a growing region for strawberry production.
Strawberries are grown in most states in Australia. Year-round availability is made possible through the different regions.
For the year ending June 2018, across Strawberries nationally:
- 93,545t was produced with 14% sent to be processed, predominantly in preserves.
- The value of production was $445.0 m while the wholesale value of the fresh supply was $486.8 m.
- 72% of Australian households purchased fresh strawberries, buying an average of 390 g per shopping trip.
- The supply per capita was 3.1 kg, based on the volume supplied.
In the financial year 2017/18, Queensland produced 41% of the total strawberry volume or 39,289t.
Sources: ABS; AC; CFVIWA; GTA; Strawberries Australia Inc. (SAI); MP & DD (Freshlogic Analysis) – 2017/18 Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook