South Australia is the nation's largest producer

  • Largest production state in Australia (38%)
  • Dry conditions for growing with a similar latitude to the Mediterranean
  • Potatoes represent the largest horticulture contribution to gross food revenue ($440 million)
  • Nation’s largest potato producer with farm gate production worth $206 million
  • Fresh potato production year around due to optimal seasonal conditions (no storage necessary)
  • Production of 531,427 tonnes annually (2018)
  • Processing sector represents in excess of 150,000 tonnes annually (2018)
  • Production of 80 percent of the nation’s fresh washed potatoes
  • Employs more than 2000 people
  • Home to the largest levy payer in the fresh sector nationally
  • More than 11,900 hectares under cultivation
  • Approximately 100 potato businesses of which 35-50 are producers, including six key washing/grading/packing facilities
  • Industry is vertically integrated across the value chain
  • Potatoes contribute to 33 per cent of interstate horticultural trade, worth $171m
  • State exports half by value of all exports into Asia