South Australia is the nation's largest producer

  • Potatoes represent the largest horticulture contribution to gross food revenue (>$440 million)
  • Nation’s largest potato producer with farmgate production worth $206 million
  • On average more than 385,000 tonnes are produced annually
  • 100,000 tonnes are processed annually (French fries and crisping)
  • Produces 80% of the nation’s fresh washed potatoes
  • Significant contributor to the processed market
  • Employs more than 2000 people
  • More than 11,900 hectares are under cultivation
  • Approximately 100 potato businesses of which approximately 50 are growers
  • Seven key grower/washer/packer facilities are strategically located in the state
  • The industry is becoming more and more vertically integrated
  • Exports represent just 2% of production
  • In horticulture, potatoes contribute to 33% of interstate trade worth $171 million