Which Country Eats the Most Pepper in the World?

Vegetables And Melons February 09, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global pepper consumption amounted to 388 thousand tonnes in 2015, going down by -0.9% against the previous year level. Overall, the global pepper consumption indicated a pronounced decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume decreased at an average annual rate of -2.0%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2013, when the output figure increased by +50% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global pepper consumption attained its maximum volume of 619 thousand tonnes in 2010. From 2011 to 2015, the total pepper consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Pepper Consuming Countries in the World

1. USA (182K Tonnes)

2. Thailand (65K Tonnes)

3. Sri Lanka (62K Tonnes)

4. Malaysia (59K Tonnes)

5. Indonesia (55K Tonnes)

Global Pepper Consumption

With nearly 182 thousand tonnes, the United States became the world’s leading pepper consuming country, accounting for 37% of global consumption. The other major consumers were Thailand (65 thousand tonnes) and Sri Lanka (62 thousand tonnes), with a share of 13% and 13%, respectively. Moreover, pepper consumption in the United States surpassed the figures recorded by Thailand threefold. They were followed by Malaysia with a 12% of global consumption share and Indonesia with a 11% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of pepper consumption in the United States stood at +2.8%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Thailand (+3.3% per year) and Sri Lanka (+5.1% per year).

The highest levels of pepper per capita consumption was registered in Sri Lanka (3.02 kg/year), followed by Malaysia (1.94 kg/year), Thailand (0.95 kg/year), the United States (0.57 kg/year) and Indonesia (0.21 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of pepper was estimated at 0.19 kg/year in 2015.

In Sri Lanka, per capita pepper consumption has grown noticably (+4.5% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Sri Lanka per capita consumption reached 3.02 kg/year as compared with 2.12 kg/year in 2007.

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