Asia's Pineapple Market - Japan and China Account for 55% of Total Imports in the Region - Global Trade Magazine
  April 2nd, 2020 | Written by

Asia’s Pineapple Market – Japan and China Account for 55% of Total Imports in the Region

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  • In 2018, the pineapple import price in Asia amounted to $709 per tonne, going up by 4.5%.
  • Japan (159K tonnes) and China (126K tonnes) represented roughly 55% of total imports of pineapples in 2018.
  • The market value increased at an average annual rate of +2.7% from 2013 to 2018.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Asia – Pineapples – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

The revenue of the pineapple market in Asia amounted to $12.1B in 2018, approximately equating the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers’ margins, which will be included in the final consumer price).

The market value increased at an average annual rate of +2.7% from 2013 to 2018; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being recorded over the period under review. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2014 with an increase of 5.5% against the previous year. Over the period under review, the pineapple market attained its maximum level in 2018 and is expected to retain its growth in the near future.

Consumption By Country

The countries with the highest volumes of pineapple consumption in 2018 were the Philippines (2.3M tonnes), Thailand (2.1M tonnes) and Indonesia (1.8M tonnes), with a combined 53% share of total consumption. These countries were followed by India, China, Viet Nam and Taiwan, which together accounted for a further 38%.

From 2013 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of pineapple consumption, amongst the main consuming countries, was attained by China, while pineapple consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest pineapple markets in Asia were Thailand ($3B), China ($2.2B) and the Philippines ($1.9B), with a combined 59% share of the total market. These countries were followed by India, Indonesia, Viet Nam and Taiwan, Chinese, which together accounted for a further 34%.

The countries with the highest levels of pineapple per capita consumption in 2018 were Thailand (30 kg per person), the Philippines (21 kg per person) and Taiwan (17 kg per person).

From 2013 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of pineapple per capita consumption, amongst the main consuming countries, was attained by China, while pineapple per capita consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Production in Asia

In 2018, approx. 12M tonnes of pineapples were produced in Asia; leveling off at the previous year. The total output volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.5% from 2013 to 2018; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being observed throughout the analyzed period. The general positive trend in terms of pineapple output was largely conditioned by mild growth of the harvested area and a relatively flat trend pattern in yield figures.

Production By Country

The countries with the highest volumes of pineapple production in 2018 were the Philippines (2.7M tonnes), Thailand (2.1M tonnes) and Indonesia (1.8M tonnes), together accounting for 57% of total production. India, China, Viet Nam and Taiwan, Chinese lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 37%.

From 2013 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of pineapple production, amongst the main producing countries, was attained by China, while pineapple production for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Harvested Area in Asia

The pineapple harvested area stood at 425K ha in 2018, shrinking by -1.8% against the previous year. Overall, the pineapple harvested area, however, continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2017 when harvested area increased by 6.3% y-o-y. In that year, the pineapple harvested area reached its peak level of 433K ha, and then declined slightly in the following year.

Yield in Asia

In 2018, the average yield of pineapples in Asia amounted to 27 tonne per ha, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year. Over the period under review, the pineapple yield continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2015 when yield increased by 4.9% against the previous year. In that year, the pineapple yield attained its peak level of 28 tonne per ha. From 2016 to 2018, the growth of the pineapple yield remained at a somewhat lower figure.

Imports in Asia

In 2018, the imports of pineapples in Asia amounted to 521K tonnes, surging by 1.7% against the previous year.

In value terms, pineapple imports amounted to $370M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +4.6% from 2013 to 2018. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2016 with an increase of 25% against the previous year. In that year, pineapple imports attained their peak of $372M. From 2017 to 2018, the growth of pineapple imports remained at a somewhat lower figure.

Imports by Country

Japan (159K tonnes) and China (126K tonnes) represented roughly 55% of total imports of pineapples in 2018. South Korea (78K tonnes) held the next position in the ranking, distantly followed by the United Arab Emirates (37K tonnes) and Singapore (24K tonnes). All these countries together held approx. 27% share of total imports. The following importers – Turkey (19K tonnes) and Saudi Arabia (16K tonnes) – together made up 6.8% of total imports.

From 2013 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of imports, amongst the main importing countries, was attained by China, while imports for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Japan ($130M), China ($79M) and South Korea ($64M) constituted the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2018, with a combined 74% share of total imports.

Import Prices by Country

In 2018, the pineapple import price in Asia amounted to $709 per tonne, going up by 4.5% against the previous year.

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major importing countries. In 2018, the country with the highest price was South Korea ($826 per tonne), while Singapore ($362 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2013 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the United Arab Emirates, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform