Processed fruit, in the form of concentrate, is largely used in the beverage manufacturing industry but can also be used in other sectors. Once further concentrated, it is used in the jams and flavouring industry and some juices (grape, apple) are used as natural sweeteners.
Key facts about the global beverages market
- Global orange juice production is expected to fall to around 1.7 million tonnes in 2020 from 2.0 million tonnes in 2019. Brazil is the single largest concentrate supplier, producing around 1 million tonnes annually.
- The most expensive fruit juice is currently passionfruit concentrate, at around $7,000 per tonne.
- Cultivation of 'superfruits’, previously gathered wild, will vastly increase their availability and juice production. These include acai and maqui.
- Weather variations make it impossible to predict some fruit production more than a year ahead. Both China and Poland – the world’s two largest exporters of apple juice concentrate - have recently had their apple seasons reduced by late frosts.
- Vietnam is likely to emerge as a new force in tropical fruit and juice production, with mango, passionfruit and other exotics. And Costa Rica is threatening Thailand’s position as the largest global supplier of pineapple juice concentrate.