Facts and Figures

New Zealand onion industry statistics

Onions New Zealand represents 85 growers all over the country with a combined industry total of 5271 hectares of onions planted in 2018. See the regional splint and historical production hectares in the table below.

planted ha

HA planted

New Zealand exports approx. 85% of the onions grown in New Zealand. The quality of these onions allows exporters to secure good prices, making onions the top fresh vegetable export for New Zealand.

 nz fresh vege exports2

Export values 15yrs2New Zealand plays a crucial role in global supply of onions. New Zealand has the advantage of being counter seasonal to the large production volumes out of the Netherlands and the rest of the northern hemisphere. So although a small player in the global market, we can always secure some market share.

Global onions exports3

We export to many countries, our key markets can be found in the European Union, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands. This graph below illustrates our top 15 markets by value and volume in 2019.

 

Top 15 export markets3

The peak export season is usually from February through May but New Zealand exports onions 12 months of the year.

Onions Export Window