Spain Remains the Global Leader in Eggplant Exports despite 16% Drop

Vegetables And Melons September 10, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

In spite of some less than stellar 2014 export numbers, Spain continued to lead the way in the global eggplant trade. In 2014, Spain exported 141 thousand tonnes of eggplant totaling 153 million USD, 16% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner was France, where it supplied 31% of its total eggplant exports in value terms, accounting for 84% of France's total imports.

Overall, the global eggplant trade reached 447 million USD, with a CAGR of 3% from 2007 to 2014. In physical terms, it showed mixed dynamics, ultimately rising from 363 thousand tonnes in 2007 to 416 thousand tonnes in 2014.

In 2014, Germany (14%), the U.S. (12%), France (12%), the Russian Federation (8%) and the United Kingdom (8%) were the leading destinations of eggplant imports, together making up 55% of global imports. The share of the Russian Federation increased (+5 percentage points), while the share of the U.S. illustrated negative dynamics (-4 percentage points).

The Netherlands and Mexico were among the other main global suppliers of eggplant in 2014 with a combined 31% share of global exports. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were Lithuania (+21% per year) and Turkey (+15% per year). Even with these competitive inroads, Spain was able to strengthen its position in the global export structure, from 31% in 2007 to 34% in 2014.

Source: World: Eggplant (Aubergine) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020