Average global price of quinoa 2010-2018

The global average price of quinoa rose substantially between 2012 and 2014, from 3.21 to 6.74 U.S. dollars per kilogram. As of October 2018, a kilogram of quinoa cost around 2.32 U.S. dollars on average worldwide.

Global quinoa production

Quinoa is native to South America and the vast majority of quinoa is still produced in Bolivia and Peru, as of 2017. In that year, around 146.74 thousand metric tons of quinoa were produced worldwide. Peru’s production share of quinoa is slightly larger than Bolivia’s production volume. Ecuador also cultivates a small but significant share of the world’s quinoa.

Leading types of superfoods

The term “superfood” has been popping up on online health blogs and in fitness magazines, as well as on food packaging. It tends to refer to food that is nutritionally dense and exceptionally good for one’s health. Quinoa, chia seeds, kale, and salmon are a few examples of so-called superfoods. Between 2016 and 2017, the year-on-year retail sales growth of quinoa was 15.6 percent, higher than any other type of superfood. In addition, chia seed sales saw an increase of 14.7 percent in that time period.

Average price of quinoa worldwide from 2010 to 2018 (in U.S. dollars per kilogram)*

Average price in U.S. dollars per kilogram
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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

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** As of the first quarter.
***As of October, 2018.
Figures from 2014 and prior are taken from various reports.

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