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Sugar Industry - statistics & facts

The sugar industry is responsible for the supply of sugar, which is considered as an integral part of the human diet and found, depending on the region, in many staple foods. It is processed in almost every food category. Currently, the global production of sugar exceeds 180 million metric tons annually. Brazil dominated the global market in terms of production. The United States was also ranked among the top producers, generating some 8.4 million metric tons in 2020.

Global overview

Sugar is almost completely extracted from two crops – sugar cane and sugar beet. Some two billion metric tons of sugar cane were produced worldwide in 2019, of which more than 752 million metric tons came from Brazil alone. India, China, Thailand, and Pakistan rounded off the five leading sugar cane producing countries. In comparison, approximately 278.5 million metric tons of sugar beets were produced worldwide in that year, with Russia and France producing the largest amount.

International trade and consumption

In context of international trade, Brazil topped the list of sugar exporting countries in 2020/21 with an export amount greater than 32 million metric tons. During that period, the total sugar exports amounted to approximately 64.3 million metric tons worldwide. On the import side, China, Indonesia and the United States were ranked as the leading sugar importing countries.

For 2020/2021, India had the highest sugar consumption worldwide amounting to approximately 28 million metric tons. The global sugar consumption exceeded 171.8 million metric tons that period.

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Sugar Industry - statistics & facts

The sugar industry is responsible for the supply of sugar, which is considered as an integral part of the human diet and found, depending on the region, in many staple foods. It is processed in almost every food category. Currently, the global production of sugar exceeds 180 million metric tons annually. Brazil dominated the global market in terms of production. The United States was also ranked among the top producers, generating some 8.4 million metric tons in 2020.

Global overview

Sugar is almost completely extracted from two crops – sugar cane and sugar beet. Some two billion metric tons of sugar cane were produced worldwide in 2019, of which more than 752 million metric tons came from Brazil alone. India, China, Thailand, and Pakistan rounded off the five leading sugar cane producing countries. In comparison, approximately 278.5 million metric tons of sugar beets were produced worldwide in that year, with Russia and France producing the largest amount.

International trade and consumption

In context of international trade, Brazil topped the list of sugar exporting countries in 2020/21 with an export amount greater than 32 million metric tons. During that period, the total sugar exports amounted to approximately 64.3 million metric tons worldwide. On the import side, China, Indonesia and the United States were ranked as the leading sugar importing countries.

For 2020/2021, India had the highest sugar consumption worldwide amounting to approximately 28 million metric tons. The global sugar consumption exceeded 171.8 million metric tons that period.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 29 most important statistics relating to "Sugar industry".

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