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Almond Industry at a Glance

November 07, 2013

Almond Harvest Techniques, Statistics, Reports and Research

To view a quick look at almond harvesting, hulling and shelling from Bella Viva Orchards, click here.  


2012/13 Crop Year





2.00 billion lbs

(907,200 MT)

Bearing Acres


2011/12 Crop Year





2.03 billion lbs

(920,800 MT)

Domestic Consumption

607.2 million lbs

(275,400 MT)


1.36 billion lbs

(615,700 MT)


15.9 million lbs

(7,200 MT)


Click on Trade Statistics Graph to Enlarge.

Prepared by FPP using data from FAS, USDA and NASS, USDA


While almond production has declined in the 2012/13 crop year, total value continues to increase. Exports in the almond industry have risen at a steady rate despite the variability in production. Throughout the above nine years, exports have doubled.

The US remains the principle producer and exporter of almonds, holding 80 percent of the world almond market. Spain follows with exports roughly one-tenth the size of America’s production.

Click on Production by Country Graph to Enlarge.

Prepared by FPP using data from FAS, USDA



Global Agricultural Information Network Reports

The following countries’ GAIN reports concerning almonds have been released this year:

            Bosnia and Herzegovina - Aflatoxin Standards
            Bulgaria - Product Brief, Dried Fruits and Nuts
            Chile - Walnuts and Almonds Annual Report
            China - China Food Manufacturing Annual Report
            Hong Kong - Product Brief, Tree Nuts in Hong Kong
            EU (28) - Tree Nuts Annual 2013
            EU (27) - Export Opportunities for U.S. Organics in the EU
            Germany - Product Brief, Dried Fruits and Nuts
            India - Tree Nuts Annual 2013
            Korea, Republic of - Walnuts Almonds and Pistachios
            Russian Federation - Demand for US Nuts is Booming
            Taiwan - Tree Nuts Market Overview 2013

In 2010, the ARS announced the development of a new hybrid breed of self-pollinating almond trees. To see the article, click here.

In 2012, ARS scientists discovered a chemical-free process offers a simple, safe, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly way to reduce Salmonella enteric populations to levels generally recognized as safe. To see the article, click here.

For more information on all things almond, visit UC Davis Fruit & Nut Information page.



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