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Leading producers of peanuts worldwide 2018

As of 2018, China was the largest producer of peanuts worldwide, holding an estimated 40 percent share of global production. India ranked second that year, producing about 15 percent of the world's peanuts.

Pistachio producers

While the United States ranked third in terms of peanut production in 2018, the country was by far the top producer of pistachios in 2019/2020. That marketing year, the United States produced roughly half of the world’s pistachio seeds. Iran stood in second place, accounting for a production share of about 30 percent.

Peanut butter

Commonly served on bread, peanut butter is a food paste, the main ingredient of which is dry-roasted peanuts. The spread is very popular in the United States: roughly 90 percent of the U.S. population consumed peanut butter in 2019. The country’s favorite type was creamy peanut butter, which had been eaten by over 200 million Americans that year. Other common variants include crunchy/chunky, reduced fat, and honey roasted peanut butter.

Production share of peanuts worldwide in 2018, by leading country

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December 2018



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