Which Country Eats the Most Spice?

Spice Consumption (Total) (kt), 2017 or latest
Food & Drink | June 12, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 131 countries in 2017, India ranked the highest in spice consumption with 4,651 kt followed by Thailand and Bangladesh. On the other end of the scale was Uruguay with 1.00 kt, El Salvador with 1.00 kt and Georgia with 1.00 kt.

Total spice consumption reached 11,125 kt in 2017 in the World according to Faostat. This is 6.91 % more than in the previous year and 32.8 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total spice consumption reached an all time high of 11,125 kt in 2017 and an all time low of 1,603 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 3.52 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, India, accounted for 41.8 % of spice consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 50.8 % share while the ten largest countries some 73.7 % in 2017.

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

Spice Consumption (Total) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bangladesh kt 467 433 441 433 507
China kt 5,112 4,998 4,991 585 451
Ethiopia kt 137 121 123 193 307
India kt 3,610 3,120 3,290 3,318 3,336
Indonesia kt 261 246 244 415 499
Japan kt 158 156 156 161 160
Malaysia kt 135 133 136 153 141
Mexico kt 138 135 136 121 144
Nepal kt 130 127 129 142 143
Nigeria kt 217 231 234 217 336
Pakistan kt 278 318 314 315 338
Thailand kt 325 334 336 509 549
Turkey kt 114 112 114 161 168
USA kt 286 279 284 304 308
Vietnam kt 143 132 137 212 215