After doubling in size over the past decade, the global frozen fruit sector achieved a modest level of growth last year. According to the newly released study from IndexBox, global imports rose 3% last year to 2.7 million tonnes and were worth 5.03 billion euros. The United States and Germany remained the largest importers, accounting for just over one-third of the global market. Their imports weighed in at 544,000 tonnes (worth €950 million) and 376,000 tonnes (worth €584.89 million) respectively.
The IndexBox study reported that the average price of frozen fruit was $2,121 (€1,837.65) per tonne, an increase of 8.2% on the previous year. The United States showed particularly brisk growth in the amount of frozen fruit it imported, with a 19.7% increase recorded.
FROZEN FRUIT: IMPORTER AND EXPORTER COUNTRIES
The third place in terms of the volume of frozen fruits imported was France, with 186,000 tonnes, but China was in third place in terms of value, as it bought $428 million (€370.95 million).
While the United States and Germany were the biggest two frozen fruit importers last year in terms of both volume and value, Poland headed the list of exporters, with a total of 335,000 tonnes sent abroad in 2020. Next up on the list of exporters was Serbia, which exported a total of 205,000 tonnes, just ahead of Canada, with 201,000 tonnes.
According to a Deloitte report, more consumers are buying frozen food because they perceive that it is cheaper.