Which Country Consumes the Most Margarine And Shortening in the World?

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

Global margarine and shortening consumption amounted to 14,235 thousand tonnes in 2015, remaining stable against the previous year level. Overall, the global margarine and shortening consumption indicated a moderate decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume decreased at an average annual rate of -0.6%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when the output figure increased by +3% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global margarine and shortening consumption attained its maximum volume of 14,949 thousand tonnes in 2007. From 2008 to 2015, the total margarine and shortening consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Shortening Consuming Countries in the World

1. United States of America (3830K Tonnes)

2. Pakistan (1660K Tonnes)

3. India (1285K Tonnes)

4. Turkey (715K Tonnes)

5. Germany (624K Tonnes)

Global Margarine And Shortening Consumption

With nearly 3,830 thousand tonnes, the United States became the world’s leading margarine and shortening consuming country, accounting for 27% of global consumption. The other major consumers were Pakistan (1,660 thousand tonnes) and India (1,285 thousand tonnes), with a share of 12% and 9%, respectively. Moreover, margarine and shortening consumption in the United States surpassed the figures recorded by Pakistan twofold. They were followed by Turkey with a 5% of global consumption share and Germany with a 4% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of margarine and shortening consumption in the United States stood at -2.2%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Pakistan (+1.4% per year) and India (0.0% per year).

Per capita margarine and shortening in the United States was estimated at 11.90 kg/year, much higher than the global average of 3.51 kg/year. United States of America was the leading country in terms of per capita consumption, among the main consumers of margarine and shortening, followed by Turkey (9.09 kg/year), Pakistan (8.79 kg/year), Germany (7.73 kg/year) and India (0.98 kg/year).

In Germany, per capita margarine and shortening consumption has grown noticably (+4.8% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Germany per capita consumption reached 11.90 kg/year as compared with 5.32 kg/year in 2007.

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