Which Country Consumes the Most Tallow in the World?

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

Global tallow consumption amounted to 6,336 thousand tonnes in 2015, increasing by +1.1% against the previous year level. Overall, the global tallow consumption indicated a moderate decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, remained consistant, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume decreased at an average annual rate of -0.8%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2013, when the output figure increased by +4% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global tallow consumption attained its maximum volume of 6,783 thousand tonnes in 2007. From 2008 to 2015, the total tallow consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Tallow Consuming Countries in the World

1. United States of America (3374K Tonnes)

2. Brazil (740K Tonnes)

3. Mexico (432K Tonnes)

4. China (400K Tonnes)

5. Argentina (164K Tonnes)

Global Tallow Consumption

With nearly 3,374 thousand tonnes, the United States became the world’s leading tallow consuming country, making up 50% of global consumption. The other major consumers were Brazil (740 thousand tonnes) and Mexico (432 thousand tonnes), with a share of 11% and 6%, respectively. Moreover, tallow consumption in the United States surpassed the figures recorded by Brazil fivefold. They were followed by China with a 6% of global consumption share and Argentina with a 2% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of tallow consumption in the United States stood at -1.5%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Brazil (+3.3% per year) and Mexico (-2.2% per year).

Per capita tallow in the United States was estimated at 10.49 kg/year, much higher than the global average of 0.61 kg/year. United States of America was the leading country in terms of per capita consumption, among the main consumers of tallow, followed by Argentina (3.78 kg/year), Brazil (3.56 kg/year), Mexico (3.40 kg/year) and China (0.28 kg/year).

In Brazil, per capita tallow consumption has grown noticably (+2.3% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Brazil per capita consumption reached 10.49 kg/year as compared with 2.97 kg/year in 2007.

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