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  August 24th, 2021 | Written by

Global Berry Trade Intensifies Driven by Rasing Demand for Blueberry and Raspberry

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  • In 2020, the average berry import price amounted to $5,129 per tonne, growing by +5.8%.
  • The global berry imports rose by +2.6% y-o-y to 2.9M tonnes, reaching $14.8B in 2020.
  • . Spain emerged as the fastest-growing berry importer worldwide.

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

The global berry imports rose by +2.6% y-o-y to 2.9M tonnes, reaching $14.8B in 2020. Global imports of blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and blackberries have been rising steadily over the last decade. The U.S., Germany, China, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, the UK and the Netherlands remain the largest markets for imported berries. Spain emerged as the fastest-growing berry importer worldwide. Spain, Chile, the U.S. and Mexico constitute the largest berry exporters in the world. 

Global Berry Imports by Country

For the seventh year in a row, global berry imports increased by +2.6% to 2.9M tonnes in 2020. It indicated a strong increase from 2012 to 2020: the volume increased at an average annual rate of +5.4% over the last eight years. In value terms, berry imports rose significantly to $14.8B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.

In 2020, the U.S. (689K tonnes), distantly followed by Germany (309K tonnes), China (236K tonnes), Canada (225K tonnes), Hong Kong SAR (172K tonnes), the UK (164K tonnes) and the Netherlands (153K tonnes) were the major importers of berries, together constituting 67% of total imports. Russia (119K tonnes), France (96K tonnes), Spain (91K tonnes), Italy (70K tonnes) and Austria (55K tonnes) followed a long way behind the leaders.

In 2020, the most prominent spike in the volume of purchases from abroad was recorded in Spain (+16.3% y-o-y). Spain emerged as the fastest-growing importer in the world, with a CAGR of +20.8% from 2012-2020.

In value terms, the U.S. ($3.8B) constitutes the largest market for imported berries worldwide, comprising 26% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by China ($1.8B), with a 12% share of global imports. It was followed by Germany, with an 8.9% share.

In 2020, the average berry import price amounted to $5,129 per tonne, growing by +5.8% against the previous year. Last year, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the U.S., while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Global Berry Imports by Type

The imports of the three major types of berries, namely strawberries, cherries and blueberries and cranberries, represented more than two-thirds of total imports. It was distantly followed by raspberries and blackberries (467K tonnes), which make up a further 16% share of total imports.

In value terms, the largest types of imported berries were blueberries and cranberries ($4.3B), cherries ($3.9B) and raspberries and blackberries ($3.4B), with a combined 78% share of global imports. Strawberries in tandem with currants and gooseberries lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 22%.

From 2012 to 2020, the most notable rate of growth regarding the volume of purchases, amongst the leading imported products, was attained by blueberry and cranberry (+11.9%). Raspberry and blackberry followed these products with a CAGR of +11.5% from 2012-2020.

Largest Berry Suppliers Worldwide

Spain (437K tonnes), Chile (381K tonnes), the U.S. (299K tonnes) and Mexico (280K tonnes) represented roughly 50% of total exports of berries in 2020. It was distantly followed by Hong Kong SAR (181K tonnes), the Netherlands (152K tonnes) and Peru (151K tonnes), together comprising a 17% share of total exports. Turkey (115K tonnes), Morocco (99K tonnes), Canada (90K tonnes), Greece (64K tonnes), Belgium (49K tonnes) and Poland (45K tonnes) held a minor share of total exports.

In value terms, Chile ($2.4B), Spain ($1.7B) and the U.S. ($1.6B) appeared to be the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2020, with a combined 43% share of global exports. Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Hong Kong SAR, Morocco, Belgium, Turkey, Canada, Poland and Greece lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 44%.

Source: IndexBox Platform