The dried fruit and nuts market has always been key to the manufacturing of biscuits, cakes, sweets and confectionary. However, demand is increasing in international food markets as consumer preferences shift towards healthier snacking and plant-based foods. As an example, prune puree is gaining traction as a ‘healthier’ source of natural sugar in certain items, such as snack bars.
Key facts about the global dried fruit and nuts market
- The US state of California is the world’s largest almond producer and grower at 2.5 billion lbs per year. It is also the dominant exporter of this nut category. While Spain and Australia are both expanding capacity, California is set to remain the top producer and exporter.
- Turkey is the leading producer and exporter of hazelnuts, accounting for an estimated 80% of world supply. Recent estimates put the 2019 crop at 800,000 kernel tonnes.
- Turkey is also the world’s number one producer of dried apricots. Volume can be as much as 795,000 tonnes on an annual basis.
- Chile is becoming increasingly important as a global producer of prunes, ranking closely behind the US which is the top producer.
- China is the number one producer of dehydrated apples.