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  September 22nd, 2021 | Written by

Global Pumpkin Imports Peak at $1.6B

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  • The U.S. represented the key importer of pumpkin (squash and gourds) in the world.
  • In 2020, global pumpkin imports reached $1.6B, the highest level over the past decade.

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

In 2020, global pumpkin imports reached $1.6B, the highest level over the past decade. The U.S. remains the largest importer of pumpkins, with a 37%-share of the total figure. Last year, Canada, the Netherlands and the UK saw the highest spikes in pumpkin purchases from abroad, while supplies to Japan have moderately reduced. In 2020, the average pumpkin import price rose by +20% compared to the previous year. Ukraine, Algeria and Italy constitute the countries with the highest per capita consumption. China, India and the U.S. feature as the largest consuming markets in 2020. 

Global Pumpkin Imports

In 2020, the amount of pumpkin (squash and gourds) imported worldwide shrank to 1.5M tonnes, with a decrease of -4.2% compared with 2019 figures. In value terms, pumpkin imports rose sharply by +14.8% y-o-y to $1.6B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.

The U.S. represented the key importer of pumpkin (squash and gourds) in the world, with the volume of imports amounting to 555K tonnes, which was near 37% of total imports in 2020. France (168K tonnes) took an 11% share (based on tonnes) of total imports, which put it in second place, followed by Germany (8.3%), the UK (6.3%), Japan (6%) and the Netherlands (5.5%). The following importers – Canada (60K tonnes), Spain (38K tonnes), Italy (35K tonnes), Belgium (28K tonnes) and South Korea (25K tonnes) – together made up 12% of total imports.

In 2020, average annual rates of growth with regard to pumpkin imports into the U.S. stood at +1.8%. At the same time, Canada (+24.2%), the Netherlands (+15.7%), the UK (+15.7%), Germany (+13.6%), Belgium (+13.5%), Spain (+9.4%), Italy (+3.3%), France (+1.6%) and South Korea (+1.4%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Canada emerged as the fastest-growing importer in 2020. By contrast, Japan (-4.8%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period.

In value terms, the U.S. ($530M) constitutes the largest market for imported pumpkin (squash and gourds) worldwide, comprising 33% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($205M), with a 13% share of global imports. It was followed by Germany, with a 12% share.

In 2020, the average pumpkin import price amounted to $1,055 per tonne, jumping by +20% against the previous year. Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination; the country with the highest price was Germany ($1,499 per tonne), while South Korea ($586 per tonne) was amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by France, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Countries with the Highest Pumpkin Consumption

The countries with the highest volumes of pumpkin per capita consumption in 2020 were Ukraine (33 kg per person), Algeria (10.4 kg per person), Italy (9.7 kg per person), Russia (8.7 kg per person) and Turkey (6.4 kg per person).

In value terms, China ($6.6B), India ($5B) and the U.S. ($1.2B) appeared to be the countries with the highest levels of market value in 2020, together comprising 51% of the global market. Bangladesh, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Algeria and Indonesia lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 18%.

Source: IndexBox Platform