Sugar consumption worldwide 2009/10-2020/21

The global consumption of sugar amounted to 172.6 in 2018/2019, and is projected to increase to about 177.8 million metric tons by 2020/2021. With the increase in world trade, better agricultural technology, among other reasons, sugar is cheaper and more widely available than ever.

Sugar cane and sugar beets

There are two major crops used to produce table sugar, sugar cane and sugar beets. Though they are two separate and distinct plants, the end product is identical no matter which plant is used to manufacture the sugar. Brazil was the top producer of sugar cane worldwide, while the Russian Federation topped the list of sugar beets producers.

Global sugar market

In 2018/2019, about 188.25 million metric tons of sugar was produced worldwide, up from 164.7 million metric tons of sugar in 2015/2016. India consumes the most sugar of any country, followed by the European Union and China. In the ten years between 2016 and 2026, the global price of sugar is expected to decrease from 0.17 U.S. dollars per pound to 0.14 U.S. dollars per pound. Though this means that sugar might be even more readily accessible and affordable in the future, this could lead to further global health problems associated with excess sugar consumption.

Total sugar consumption worldwide from 2009/2010 to 2020/2021 (in million metric tons)*

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Human domestic consumption; raw value.
** Forecast as of May 2020.
Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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