In late 2009, 2010, Olam Orchards Australia acquired approximately 12,000 hectares of planted almond orchards from the liquidated Timbercorp group of companies.
Along with the planted almond trees, Olam also acquired permanent water rights and sophisticated irrigation and orchard infrastructure. The orchards contain trees ranging in age from recently planted through to full maturity.
Almonds require a Mediterranean climate and are therefore commercially produced in only a few locations worldwide. Olam is delivering new season almonds to global consumers on a constant basis due to Australian almonds being counter cyclical in season to other large almond growing regions such as California.
Our orchards predominantly grow non-Pareil, Carmel and Price varieties across 11 farms in the prime Sunraysia growing region in Victoria, Australia. Our highly mechanised farms utilise state of the art irrigation infrastructure and technology. We adopt the latest agronomy practices to produce maximum yields and superior quality almonds, and minimise pestilence.
Our almonds are processed at our own state of the art facilities to ensure consistent product quality, traceability and food safety. Olam has its own established marketing and distribution network in all major almond consuming regions, which enables us to provide superior customer service in all markets.
On 26th March 2013, Olam opened its A$60 million almond hulling and processing plant, the largest facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere, in Carwarp, Victoria. The plant has the capacity to de-hull and shell 14 tonnes of almonds per hour.
|Australian Corporate Head Office
55 Wyandra Street,
Newstead, QLD 4006
|T: 07 3250 3300|
|Orchards and Processing
Lot 6 Carwarp Road,
Carwarp, VIC 3494
|T: 03 5029 3600|
|Trading and Logistics
Level 4, 437,
St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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- Late 2009 and early 2010, Olam Orchards Australia acquired approximately 12,000 hectares of planted almond orchards.
- 26th March 2013, Olam opened its A$60 million almond hulling and processing plant.
- 2015 – Further orchard expansion into the NSW growing region.
- Tree maturity ranges from 3 years through to 13 years, with an average of 8 years.
- Planted orchard area: 12,250 ha, approximately 30% of Singapore’s land area
- Total No. of trees: 3.0 million
- Distance East to West (as the crow flies): 75 km
- Largest grower in Australia – producing approximately 45% of the national crop / second largest grower globally.
- 50% of trees are non-Pareil, 33% is Carmel and 17% is Price.
- This is considered an optimal mix on variety selection for pollination and market desirability purposes.
- Bee activity for pollination: 2.4 billion bees buzzing
- Combined flow rate of all river pumps: 15,000 litres/sec, enough to pump in an Olympic size swimming pool in 3 minutes.
- Length of drip lines: 33,000 km, 5 ½ times from Singapore to Melbourne.
- Electricity usage: 64 MwH, enough to power 10,000 households per year.
- One of the largest integrated hulling/shelling and packing facilities in the world.
- Hulling/Shelling capacity in excess of 14 mt/hr. 40,000 mt kernel equivalent in 20 weeks.
- Processing capacity 10 mt/hour.
- Latest laser sorting and packing technology.
- BRS Level A accredited.