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  November 28th, 2021 | Written by

The UK Ramps Up Imports of Stuffed Pasta and Couscous

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  • UK imports of stuffed pasta and couscous grew by +15.8% y-o-y to $525M last year.
  • Germany emerged as the fastest-growing exporter of stuffed pasta and couscous to the UK.
  • In 2020, approx. 316K tonnes of stuffed pasta and couscous were imported into the UK, growing by +16%.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘United Kingdom – Stuffed Pasta And Couscous – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

UK imports of stuffed pasta and couscous grew by +15.8% y-o-y to $525M last year. Italy, China and France provide approximately 77% of the total volume imported into the UK. All these countries have significantly expanded their exports of stuffed pasta and couscous to the UK. Germany emerged as the fastest-growing supplier in terms of import value in 2020.

UK Imports of Stuffed Pasta and Couscous

In 2020, approx. 316K tonnes of stuffed pasta and couscous were imported into the UK, growing by +16% on the previous year. In value terms, pasta and couscous imports soared by +15.8% y-o-y to $525M (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.

In 2020, Italy (209K tonnes) constituted the largest supplier of pasta and couscous to the UK, with a 66% share of total imports. Moreover, pasta and couscous imports from Italy exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest supplier, China (22K tonnes), tenfold. France (14K tonnes) ranked third in terms of total imports with a 4.3% share.

In value terms, Italy ($266M) constituted the largest supplier of pasta and couscous to the UK, comprising 51% of total imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by China ($42M), with an 8% share of total imports, and it was followed by Germany, with a 7.7% share.

In 2020, the average annual growth rate of value from Italy totalled +18.6%. The remaining supplying countries recorded the following average annual rates of imports growth: China (+7.0% per year) and Germany (+23.0% per year). Germany emerged as the fastest-growing exporter of stuffed pasta and couscous to the UK.

In 2020, the average pasta and couscous import price amounted to $1,664 per tonne, therefore, remained relatively stable against the previous year. Prices varied noticeably by the country of origin; the country with the highest price was South Korea ($3,819 per tonne), while the price for Italy ($1,271 per tonne) was amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Germany, while the prices for the other significant suppliers experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox Platform