IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘World – Sweet Potato – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.
Sweet potato imports in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain are gaining momentum. From 2018 to 2020, imports to Germany increased by 20% and reached 47.4K tonnes. Over the same period, supplies to Spain tripled from 3.8K to 15.3K tonnes, while imports to the Netherlands rose by 44% and peaked at 174K tonnes. In 2020, the Netherlands overcame the UK and emerged as the top sweet potato importer.
Global Sweet Potato Imports
In 2020, approx. 755K tonnes of sweet potato were imported worldwide; picking up by 6.9% on 2019 figures. Over the period under review, imports saw a buoyant expansion. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2016 with an increase of 28% y-o-y (IndexBox estimates). Global imports peaked in 2020 and are expected to retain growth in the immediate term.
In value terms, sweet potato imports expanded significantly to $687M in 2020. In general, imports posted a prominent increase. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2014 with an increase of 26% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global imports hit record highs in 2020 and are expected to retain growth in the near future.
Sweet Potato Imports by Country
The Netherlands (174K tonnes) and the UK (159K tonnes) were the major importers of sweet potato in 2020, recording near 23% and 21% of total imports, respectively. Canada (76K tonnes) took a 10% share (based on tonnes) of total imports, which put it in second place, followed by France (7.1%), Germany (6.3%) and Belgium (5.7%). The following importers – Spain (15K tonnes), the U.S. (15K tonnes), Italy (15K tonnes), Malaysia (15K tonnes), Japan (13K tonnes) and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (12K tonnes) – each reached an 11% share of total imports.
In value terms, the largest sweet potato importing markets worldwide were the Netherlands ($152M), the UK ($119M) and Canada ($65M), together comprising 49% of global imports. These countries were followed by Germany, France, Belgium, Japan, the U.S., Spain, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia and Italy, which together accounted for a further 32%.
In 2020, the average sweet potato import price amounted to $909 per tonne, almost unchanged from the previous year. Over the period from 2012 to 2020, it increased at an average annual rate of +1.4%. There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major importing countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was Germany ($1,337 per tonne), while Italy ($582 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.
Source: IndexBox Platform