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Which Country Eats the Most Spice?

Spice Consumption (Total) (kt), 2018 or latest
Food & Drink | April 9, 2021
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Based on a comparison of 135 countries in 2018, India ranked the highest in spice consumption with 4,471 kt followed by Bangladesh and Indonesia. On the other end of the scale was Gambia with 1.00 kt, Fiji with 1.00 kt and Paraguay with 1.00 kt.

Total spice consumption reached 10,440 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 4.2 % more than in the previous year and 28.2 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total spice consumption reached an all time high of 10,440 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 1,603 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 3.34 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, India, accounted for 42.8 % of spice consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 51.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 73.2 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Spice Consumption (Total) indicator page.

Spice Consumption (Total) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Bangladesh kt 433 441 475 483 464
China kt 4,998 4,991 448 489 364
Ethiopia kt 121 123 136 146 160
India kt 3,120 3,290 3,720 3,473 3,855
Indonesia kt 246 244 312 319 408
Japan kt 156 156 161 160 157
Malaysia kt 133 136 153 141 149
Mexico kt 135 136 142 144 147
Nepal kt 127 129 136 139 141
Nigeria kt 231 234 241 247 242
Pakistan kt 318 314 303 302 287
Thailand kt 334 336 330 333 338
Turkey kt 112 114 161 167 151
USA kt 279 284 304 308 310
Vietnam kt 132 137 148 192 209