Which Country Consumes the Most Dates in the World?

Pome Fruits And Stone Fruits February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global date consumption amounted to 7,489 thousand tonnes in 2015, declining by -3.2% against the previous year level. Overall, the global date consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, was relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.3%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014, when the output figure increased by +5% from the previous year level. In that year, the global date consumption attained its maximum volume of 7,739 thousand tonnes, falling back in the following year.

Top Date Consuming Countries in the World

1. Egypt (1457K Tonnes)

2. Iran (1201K Tonnes)

3. Algeria (974K Tonnes)

4. Iraq (657K Tonnes)

5. Saudi Arabia (581K Tonnes)

Global Dates Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were Egypt (1,457 thousand tonnes), Iran (1,201 thousand tonnes), Algeria (974 thousand tonnes), together making up 44% of total consumption. They were followed by Iraq with a 8% of global consumption share and Saudi Arabia with a 7% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of date consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by Algeria (+8.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

The highest levels of date per capita consumption was registered in Algeria (24.55 kg/year), followed by Saudi Arabia (18.42 kg/year), Iraq (18.05 kg/year), Egypt (15.92 kg/year) and Iran (15.18 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of date was estimated at 1.87 kg/year in 2015.

In Algeria, per capita date consumption has grown noticably (+6.4% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Algeria per capita consumption reached 24.55 kg/year as compared with 14.99 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Dates - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025