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  September 22nd, 2020 | Written by

The UK Remains an Indisputable Leader for the European Tea Market

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  • The tea import price in the European Union stood at $4,701 per tonne in 2019.
  • The country with the largest volume of tea consumption was the UK (104K tonnes), accounting for 48% of total volume.

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

In 2019, the EU tea market decreased by -5.1% to 214K tonnes, slipping back slightly from the previous year. Over the last five years, consumption remains relatively stable which indicates that any prerequisites for sharp growth of the demand aren’t currently expected.

Consumption by Country

The country with the largest volume of tea consumption was the UK (104K tonnes), accounting for 48% of total volume. Moreover, tea consumption in the UK exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest consumer, Germany (27K tonnes), fourfold. Poland (15K tonnes) ranked third in terms of total consumption with a 7% share.

In the UK, tea consumption contracted by an average annual rate of -1.5% over the period from 2013-2019. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual rates of consumption growth: Germany (+0.7% per year) and Poland (+0.7% per year).

The countries with the highest levels of tea per capita consumption in 2019 were Ireland (2,314 kg per 1000 persons), the UK (1,540 kg per 1000 persons) and the Netherlands (536 kg per 1000 persons).

Imports in the EU

Tea imports reduced modestly to 311K tonnes in 2019, with a decrease of -3.5% against 2018 figures. In general, imports recorded a mild decline. Over the period under review, imports hit record highs at 344K tonnes in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2019, imports remained at a lower figure. In value terms, tea imports fell to $1.5B (IndexBox estimates) in 2019.

Imports by Country

In 2019, the UK (123K tonnes) represented the key importer of tea, creating the demand for approx. 40% of total imports. Germany (50K tonnes) occupied the second position in the ranking, followed by Poland (38K tonnes), the Netherlands (17K tonnes), France (17K tonnes) and Belgium (14K tonnes). All these countries together occupied approx. 44% share of total imports. Ireland (12K tonnes) held a minor share of total imports.

Imports in the UK decreased at an average annual rate of -1.8% from 2013 to 2019. At the same time, Ireland (+7.7%) and Poland (+2.5%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Ireland emerged as the fastest-growing importer imported in the European Union, with a CAGR of +7.7% from 2013-2019. By contrast, France (-1.5%), Germany (-1.6%), Belgium (-3.5%) and the Netherlands (-11.7%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period.

In value terms, the largest tea importing markets in the European Union were the UK ($356M), Germany ($228M) and France ($167M), with a combined 51% share of total imports. These countries were followed by the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Ireland, which together accounted for a further 26%.

Import Prices by Country

The tea import price in the European Union stood at $4,701 per tonne in 2019, remaining constant against the previous year. Over the period under review, the import price, however, saw a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2017 an increase of 7.1% year-to-year. Over the period under review, import prices hit record highs at $4,754 per tonne in 2018, and then reduced slightly in the following year.

Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination; the country with the highest price was France ($9,624 per tonne), while the UK ($2,890 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2013 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the Netherlands, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform