Germany's Dried Onion Market Was Finally on the Rise to Reach $53M in 2019 - Global Trade Magazine
  July 24th, 2020 | Written by

Germany’s Dried Onion Market Was Finally on the Rise to Reach $53M in 2019

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  • From 2009 to 2019, the average annual growth rate of volume from India amounted to +6.3%.
  • In value terms, the largest dried onion suppliers to Germany were India ($15M), China ($8.8M), and Egypt ($7.6M).
  • In 2019, the German dried onion market was finally on the rise to reach $53M after two years of decline.

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

In 2019, the German dried onion market was finally on the rise to reach $53M after two years of decline. The market value increased at an average annual rate of +1.4% from 2009 to 2019; however, the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being observed throughout the analyzed period. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014 when the market value increased by 25% y-o-y. Dried onion consumption peaked in 2019 and is likely to see gradual growth in the near future.

Production in Germany

In 2019, production of dried onions increased by 4.2% to 5.7K tonnes, rising for the fourth consecutive year after two years of decline. In general, production saw a remarkable increase. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2017 with an increase of 62% year-to-year. Dried onion production peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the near future.

In value terms, dried onion production amounted to $9.2M in 2019 estimated at export prices. The total output value increased at an average annual rate of +1.3% over the period from 2009 to 2019; however, the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed throughout the analyzed period. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2016 with an increase of 12% y-o-y. Dried onion production peaked at $9.5M in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2019, production stood at a somewhat lower figure.

Imports into Germany

In 2019, overseas purchases of dried onions were finally on the rise to reach 22K tonnes after two years of decline. In value terms, dried onion imports rose rapidly to $53M (IndexBox estimates) in 2019. Overall, imports recorded a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2014 with an increase of 20% y-o-y. As a result, imports reached a peak of $66M. From 2015 to 2019, the growth imports failed to regain the momentum.

Imports by Country

In 2019, India (8.2K tonnes) constituted the largest dried onion supplier to Germany, with a 37% share of total imports. Moreover, dried onion imports from India exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest supplier, Egypt (3K tonnes), threefold. China (2.8K tonnes) ranked third in terms of total imports with a 12% share.

From 2009 to 2019, the average annual growth rate of volume from India amounted to +6.3%. The remaining supplying countries recorded the following average annual rates of imports growth: Egypt (-7.7% per year) and China (+2.6% per year).

In value terms, the largest dried onion suppliers to Germany were India ($15M), China ($8.8M), and Egypt ($7.6M), together comprising 59% of total imports. The U.S., the UK, France, and the Netherlands lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 26%.

In terms of the main suppliers, the UK recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the value of imports, over the period under review, while purchases for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Import Prices by Country

In 2019, the average dried onion import price amounted to $2,356 per tonne, with an increase of 7.1% against the previous year. In general, the import price, however, recorded a mild setback. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2013 an increase of 12% year-to-year. Over the period under review, average import prices attained the maximum at $2,861 per tonne in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2019, import prices remained at a lower figure.

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major supplying countries. In 2019, the country with the highest price was the U.S. ($3,202 per tonne), while the price for India ($1,780 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2009 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the U.S., while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform