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  August 13th, 2019 | Written by

Vinegar Market in the EU – Germany Emerges As The Largest Importer, Italy Lags Behind Slightly

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  • There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst the major importing countries.
  • Germany (60M litres) and Italy (58M litres) represented roughly 39 percent of total imports of vinegar in 2018.
  • The imports stood at 306M litres in 2018, growing by 4% against the previous year.

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

The revenue of the vinegar market in the European Union amounted to $1B in 2018, surging by 5.8% against 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). In general, vinegar consumption continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011, with an increase of 12% year-to-year. In that year, the vinegar market attained its peak level of $1.1B. From 2012 to 2018, the growth of the vinegar market remained at a somewhat lower figure.

Production in the EU

In 2018, production of vinegar in the European Union stood at 1.2B litres, growing by 4.4% against the previous year. The total output volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.6% from 2007 to 2018; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being observed in certain years.

Exports in the EU

In 2018, vinegar exports in the European Union amounted to 409M litres, jumping by 3.7% against the previous year. The total exports indicated a pronounced increase from 2007 to 2018: its volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.4% over the last eleven year period. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2018 figures, the vinegar exports increased by +31.7% against 2015 indices. In value terms, vinegar exports totaled $520M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Exports by Country

In 2018, Italy (124M litres) was the key exporter for vinegar, achieving 30% of total exports. Germany (63M litres) took the second position in the ranking, followed by the Czech Republic (38M litres), Greece (36M litres), Spain (30M litres), the Netherlands (28M litres) and France (26M litres). All these countries together held approx. 54% share of total exports.

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

In value terms, Italy ($303M) remains the largest vinegar supplier in the European Union, comprising 58% of total vinegar exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Spain ($45M), with a 8.7% share of total exports. It was followed by Germany, with a 7.1% share.

Export Prices by Country

In 2018, the vinegar export price in the European Union amounted to $1,273 per thousand litres, going up by 6.5% against the previous year. In general, the vinegar export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst the major exporting countries. In 2018, the country with the highest export price was Italy ($2,432 per thousand litres), while the Czech Republic ($325 per thousand litres) was amongst the lowest.

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

Imports in the EU

The imports stood at 306M litres in 2018, growing by 4% against the previous year. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.0% from 2007 to 2018; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded over the period under review. In value terms, vinegar imports totaled $349M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Imports by Country

Germany (60M litres) and Italy (58M litres) represented roughly 39% of total imports of vinegar in 2018. The UK (32M litres) held a 10% share (based on tonnes) of total imports, which put it in second place, followed by France (8.6%), the Netherlands (6.5%) and Hungary (4.5%). The Czech Republic (12M litres), Austria (12M litres), Poland (10M litres), Sweden (9.1M litres), Spain (8.9M litres) and Belgium (7.9M litres) held a minor share of total imports.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of imports, amongst the main importing countries, was attained by Hungary, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Germany ($86M), the UK ($53M) and France ($52M) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2018, with a combined 55% share of total imports. Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 35%.

Import Prices by Country

In 2018, the vinegar import price in the European Union amounted to $1,142 per thousand litres, jumping by 13% against the previous year. Over the period under review, the vinegar import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2018, an increase of 13% y-o-y. Over the period under review, the import prices for vinegar attained their peak figure at $1,186 per thousand litres in 2009; however, from 2010 to 2018, import prices stood at a somewhat lower figure.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst the major importing countries. In 2018, the country with the highest import price was France ($1,956 per thousand litres), while Hungary ($331 per thousand litres) was amongst the lowest.

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

Source: IndexBox AI Platform


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