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Dried Fruit Market - Statistics & Facts

Dried fruit is a typical snack and recipe ingredient used for centuries. The food has beneficial qualities such as its sweet taste and long shelf life. The bulk of the production of dried fruits are dried grapes, commonly known as raisins, and table dates. Both table dates and raisin have a supply value of over three million U.S. dollars each. The United States supplies the most dried fruit and claims 17 percent of the worldwide market for dried fruit production.

Dried fruit has a tradition of use in Mesopotamian cuisine since 4000 BC. The Mesopotamian region includes parts of Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, and Turkey, many of whom are still top producers and exporters of dried fruit today. Turkey exports the most significant amount of raisins, while Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates export the most substantial amount of dates worldwide.

Raisins sold the highest number of units in the U.S., about 92 million units in 2018, which delivered a 26 percent share of total dollar sales in the dried fruit industry of the U.S. Dates were the most expensive type of dried fruit at five U.S. dollars per unit, while raisins were relatively cheaper, at just under three U.S. dollars in 2018.

Out of the dried fruits available, customers ate raisins more than any other fruit. Consumption of dried fruit in the United States has decreased over the past five years, dropping to a per capita rate of one pound per year in 2018/2019. Dried fruits sometimes get a poor reputation due to the fact that some have a high concentration of natural sugars. This reputation could have influenced the frequency of eating dried fruits, as many of the diets followed by customers in the U.S. restrict the daily amount of sugars consumed. At the same time, many types of dried fruits offer health benefits by retaining the fiber, many of the vitamins, and minerals of the whole fruit.

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