Our product integrity

Walnuts Australia’s commitment to producing quality walnuts is recognised on both the local and international markets – and we place a strong emphasis on maintaining this status. While Australia’s isolation, strict customs regulations and low levels of pollution are conductive to superior walnut production and distribution, Walnuts Australia’s compliance to strict Australian and global standards is demonstrated with the following accreditations:

Walnuts Australia’s Quality Program is further strengthened by the external audit of procedures and products to guarantee the safety and integrity of our products.

Welcome to Webster

We are the largest single producer of walnuts in the Southern Hemisphere with over 3,000 hectares in our portfolio. Our growing regions are on the Eastern seaboard of Australia, with the majority of orchard area in The Riverina district of New South Wales and the remainder on the east coast of Tasmania.

Our Orchards

Walnuts Australia’s portfolio consists of orchards located in both New South Wales and Tasmania. Our New South Wales Orchards are in the Riverina Region, situated near Leeton and Griffith, in close proximity to the famous Murrumbidgee River. In Tasmania, our oldest orchard is located on the East Coast, just outside of Swansea and just kilometres from Great Oyster Bay

We have a range of different varieties ranging from Serr, Ashley, Tulare, Vina, Lara, Howard and Chandler to the remarkable red kernel variety, Livermore. The scale of Walnuts Australia’s orchards is illustrated by orchard rows spanning up to five kilometres long!

In the Riverina region, our walnuts thrive in the climate – hot summer and cold winter – with the trees enjoying drip irrigation and fertigation systems to ensure strong, healthy trees and a large, full nut of light colour. In Tasmania, our orchards enjoy a cold winter and a relatively cool summer, meaning nuts mature slowly, which allows the walnut oils extra time to develop. These walnuts have a natural sweetness and lovely colour.

full vertical integrationThe annual walnut crop ripens in autumn. In New South Wales, harvesting begins in the first week of March and starts in Tasmania about a month later.

After the trees are shaken, the walnuts are swept into rows on the orchard floor where a harvester picks them up – and tips its load at the intake facility.

Walnuts are then hulled. Once the hull is removed, the walnuts in-shell go into an on-farm, gas-fired drying bin for up to 36 hours to reduce moisture.

Dry walnuts are emptied from the drying bins and placed into storage containers ready for grading and processing.

Cracking & processing

Walnuts Australia’s purpose-built walnut cracking and processing facility gives us the capability to supply fresh in-shell and walnut kernel product lines to domestic and world markets by streamlining walnut production – hulling and drying, through the grading and packing.

Our capacity to respond to an increase in demand for Australian walnuts has also been bolstered, with the customised walnut silo storage improving our bulk-handling efficiencies and reduces waste.

Fitted with the latest technology, the 5000-square metre, sophisticated operation allows us to be able to efficiently harvest and process Australia’s largest walnut crop to global standards, including:

  • World-first three-way freefall walnut laser sorter (less handling, better kernel quality)
  • Multi-stage walnut shellers (preserves kernel quality)
  • Rock and debris separation
  • Drying bin automation.

Located in Leeton, New South Wales, the world-class facility completes Walnuts Australia’s vertical integration, in other words, full traceability and product control.

Walnuts contain antioxidants

Walnuts are low in sodium and contain potassium

Walnuts are a source of plant protein

Walnuts contain plant omega 3

Walnuts are a source of plant protein