Which Country Eats the Most Cashew Nuts in the World?

Other Tree And Bush Fruits And Nuts February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global cashew nut consumption amounted to 3,728 thousand tonnes in 2015, remaining constant against the previous year level. Overall, the global cashew nut consumption indicated a moderate growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +0.1%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when the output figure increased by +9% from the previous year level. In that year, the global cashew nut consumption attained its maximum volume of 4,371 thousand tonnes. From 2012 to 2015, the total cashew nut consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Cashew Nut Consuming Countries in the World

1. Nigeria (922K Tonnes)

2. India (772K Tonnes)

3. Viet Nam (590K Tonnes)

4. Côte D'Ivoire (571K Tonnes)

5. Benin (226K Tonnes)

Global Cashew Nuts Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were Nigeria (922 thousand tonnes), India (772 thousand tonnes), Viet Nam (590 thousand tonnes), together making up 53% of total consumption. They were followed by Côte D'Ivoire with a 13% of global consumption share and Benin with a 5% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of cashew nut consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by Nigeria (+4.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the consumption figures.

The highest levels of cashew nut per capita consumption was registered in Côte D'Ivoire (25.17 kg/year), followed by Benin (20.82 kg/year), Viet Nam (6.32 kg/year), Nigeria (5.06 kg/year) and India (0.59 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of cashew nut was estimated at 5.32 kg/year in 2015.

In Benin, per capita cashew nut consumption has grown noticably (+14.8% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Benin per capita consumption reached 25.17 kg/year as compared with 6.89 kg/year in 2007.

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