Profit in a nutshell as Sunraysia almond growers cater to rising demand

And with this year’s bloom well underway, Merbein grower Neale Bennett said he was preparing for another bumper season, despite cooler weather conditions affecting pollination and challenges surrounding an increased demand for bees. Picture: Carmel Zaccone
And with this year’s bloom well underway, Merbein grower Neale Bennett said he was preparing for another bumper season, despite cooler weather conditions affecting pollination and challenges surrounding an increased demand for bees. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

SUNRAYSIA almond growers have cracked the big time as demand for the nut continues to “dramatically rise” in an era of dynamic plant-based diets.

Last season, the annual consumption of almonds per capita in Australia was 1.09 kilograms with 48.1 per cent of households purchasing almonds in the year ending February 2018.

More than two decades ago Merbein almond grower Neale Bennet ditched his dried-fruit business and joined the almond bloom when he planted trees along 17 hectares of his property.

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