Which Country Consumes the Most Maize in the World?

Vegetable And Animal Oils And Fats February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global maize consumption amounted to 1,070,238 thousand tonnes in 2015, surging by +3.1% against the previous year level. Overall, the global maize 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 +3.9%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2013, when the output figure increased by +16% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global maize consumption reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Maize Consuming Countries in the World

1. United States of America (415999K Tonnes)

2. China (223477K Tonnes)

3. Brazil (85885K Tonnes)

4. Argentina (40692K Tonnes)

5. Ukraine (34338K Tonnes)

Global Maize Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were the United States (415,999 thousand tonnes), China (223,477 thousand tonnes), Brazil (85,885 thousand tonnes), together mixed up 64% of total consumption. They were followed by Argentina with a 4% of global consumption share and Ukraine with a 3% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of maize consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by Brazil (+6.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Per capita maize in the United States was estimated at 1292.83 kg/year, much higher than the global average of 104.81 kg/year. United States of America was the leading country in terms of per capita consumption, among the main consumers of maize, followed by Argentina (937.23 kg/year), Ukraine (766.07 kg/year), Brazil (413.21 kg/year) and China (158.80 kg/year).

In Ukraine, per capita maize consumption has grown noticably (+21.6% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Ukraine per capita consumption reached 1292.83 kg/year as compared with 160.46 kg/year in 2007.

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