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  January 19th, 2020 | Written by

France Emerged as the Largest Dried Grapes Producer in the EU

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  • From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the Netherlands.
  • In 2018, the dried grapes export price in the European Union amounted to $2,495 per tonne, picking up by 11%.
  • In value terms, the UK ($426M) led the market, alone.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘EU – Dried Grapes – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

The revenue of the dried grapes market in the European Union amounted to $1B in 2018, flattening at 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 +1.3% from 2007 to 2018; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed over the period under review.

Consumption By Country

The countries with the highest volumes of dried grapes consumption in 2018 were the UK (98K tonnes), Germany (68K tonnes) and France (56K tonnes), with a combined 55% share of total consumption. These countries were followed by the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which together accounted for a further 35%.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of dried grapes consumption, amongst the main consuming countries, was attained by Greece, while dried grapes consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the UK ($426M) led the market, alone. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($125M). It was followed by Italy.

The countries with the highest levels of dried grapes per capita consumption in 2018 were the Netherlands (2,466 kg per 1000 persons), the UK (1,470 kg per 1000 persons) and Belgium (1,080 kg per 1000 persons).

Production in the EU

In 2018, the amount of dried grapes produced in the European Union amounted to 84K tonnes, flattening at the previous year. In general, dried grapes production, however, continues to indicate a significant drop. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011 when production volume increased by 16% y-o-y. In that year, dried grapes production attained its peak volume of 130K tonnes. From 2012 to 2018, dried grapes production growth failed to regain its momentum.

Production By Country

The countries with the highest volumes of dried grapes production in 2018 were France (31K tonnes), Greece (21K tonnes) and Hungary (5.3K tonnes), with a combined 69% share of total production. These countries were followed by Portugal, Slovakia, Romania and Spain, which together accounted for a further 19%.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of dried grapes production, amongst the main producing countries, was attained by Slovakia, while dried grapes production for the other leaders experienced mixed trends in the production figures.

Exports in the EU

The exports totaled 70K tonnes in 2018, approximately reflecting the previous year. In general, dried grapes exports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. In value terms, dried grapes exports totaled $175M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Exports by Country

In 2018, Greece (18K tonnes), the Netherlands (13K tonnes), Germany (9.8K tonnes) and Belgium (9.2K tonnes) represented the major exporters of dried grapes exported in the European Union, generating 71% of total export. It was distantly followed by the UK (4,306 tonnes) and Latvia (3,768 tonnes), together creating an 11% share of total exports. Denmark (2,442 tonnes) followed a long way behind the leaders.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of exports, amongst the main exporting countries, was attained by Denmark, while exports for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest dried grapes exporters in the European Union were Greece ($51M), the Netherlands ($31M) and Germany ($25M), with a combined 61% share of total exports. Belgium, the UK, Denmark and Latvia lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 23%.

Latvia experienced the highest growth rate of market size, among the main exporting countries over the period under review, while exports for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Export Prices by Country

In 2018, the dried grapes export price in the European Union amounted to $2,495 per tonne, picking up by 11% against the previous year. Over the last eleven years, it increased at an average annual rate of +2.9%.

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major exporting countries. In 2018, the country with the highest price was Greece ($2,859 per tonne), while Latvia ($1,592 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Greece, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Imports in the EU

The volume imports stood at 391K tonnes in 2018, lowering by -3.4% against the previous year. In general, dried grapes imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern, in accordance with the overall dynamic of the market. In value terms, dried grapes imports amounted to $791M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Imports by Country

The imports of the three major importers of dried grapes, namely the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, represented more than half of total import. France (26K tonnes) held a 6.8% share (based on tonnes) of total imports, which put it in second place, followed by Belgium (5.5%), Italy (5.5%) and Spain (4.7%).

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of imports, amongst the main importing countries, was attained by Spain, while imports for the other leaders experienced mixed trends in the imports figures.

In value terms, the largest dried grapes importing markets in the European Union were the UK ($199M), Germany ($163M) and the Netherlands ($109M), together comprising 60% of total imports. These countries were followed by France, Italy, Belgium and Spain, which together accounted for a further 21%.

Import Prices by Country

In 2018, the dried grapes import price in the European Union amounted to $2,021 per tonne, rising by 11% against the previous year. Over the last eleven-year period, it increased at an average annual rate of +2.7%. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008 when the import price increased by 27% against the previous year. The level of import price peaked at $2,503 per tonne in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2018, import prices remained at a lower figure.

Average prices varied somewhat amongst the major importing countries. In 2018, major importing countries recorded the following prices: in France ($2,204 per tonne) and Germany ($2,105 per tonne), while Spain ($1,615 per tonne) and Belgium ($1,776 per tonne) were amongst the lowest.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the Netherlands, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform