​Media Release

Aussie food in demand​

22 August 2018

  • Food production and consumption in Australia have nearly doubled since 1988-89
  • Food exports have risen to $39 billion
  • ABARES Food demand in Australia report outlines key food consumption and production trends

​Demand for Aussie grown produce both domestically and in international markets is on the rise.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics today released its Food demand in Australia report to outline key trends.

Australia's food exports have increased by 6.5 per cent a year since 2009-10 to $39 billion in 2016‑17. Domestic food consumption has also doubled over the past 20 years and consumers are choosing Australian produce.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said total national household consumption is $92 billion and imported food only makes up around 15 per cent of that total.

"This report has a good story to tell. Aussies are supporting our farmers and choosing to buy Australian produce," Minister Littleproud said.

"I know farmers across many regions are struggling through drought and this government has been quick to offer up support.

"The way to support our farmers though is when mums and dads head to the shops and fill their trolleys with Aussie produce.

"This report shows consumers' want clear food labelling and to be informed, and food producers should be listening to that message. The Coalition Government's Country of Origin Labelling will go a long way to helping inform consumers."

Minister Littleproud said another key driver to Australia's increasing food production is the Coalition Government's commitment to opening up new export markets.

"Food exports, including crop and livestock based foods, have increased strongly over the past decade," Minister Littleproud said.

"Australian farmers are benefitting from the Coalition Government's Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and Korea and can look forward to better market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP-11)."