Which Country Consumes the Most Kola Nuts in the World?

Other Tree And Bush Fruits And Nuts February 09, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global kola nut consumption amounted to 253 thousand tonnes in 2015, shrinking by -2.0% against the previous year level. Overall, the global kola nut consumption indicated a pronounced 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 +1.1%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2009, when the output figure increased by +17% from the previous year level. In that year, the global kola nut consumption attained its maximum volume of 296 thousand tonnes. From 2010 to 2015, the total kola nut consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Kola Nut Consuming Countries in the World

1. Nigeria (125K Tonnes)

2. Côte D'Ivoire (52K Tonnes)

3. Cameroon (42K Tonnes)

4. Ghana (22K Tonnes)

5. Sierra Leone (8K Tonnes)

Global Kola Nuts Consumption

With nearly 125 thousand tonnes, Nigeria became the world’s leading kola nut consuming country, accounting for 50% of global consumption. The other major consumers were Côte D'Ivoire (52 thousand tonnes) and Cameroon (42 thousand tonnes), with a share of 21% and 17%, respectively. Moreover, kola nut consumption in Nigeria surpassed the figures recorded by Côte D'Ivoire twofold. They were followed by Ghana with a 9% of global consumption share and Sierra Leone with a 3% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of kola nut consumption in Nigeria stood at +2.9%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Côte D'Ivoire (-2.8% per year) and Cameroon (+1.2% per year).

The highest levels of kola nut per capita consumption was registered in Côte D'Ivoire (2.31 kg/year), followed by Cameroon (1.79 kg/year), Sierra Leone (1.25 kg/year), Ghana (0.81 kg/year) and Nigeria (0.69 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of kola nut was estimated at 0.99 kg/year in 2015.

In Nigeria, per capita kola nut consumption has grown modestly (+0.1% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Nigeria per capita consumption reached 2.31 kg/year as compared with 0.68 kg/year in 2007.

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