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Tea industry in Kenya - statistics & facts

Kenya is one of the main tea exporters globally, after China and Sri Lanka. A sunny climate and deep reddish soil make for perfect conditions to produce tea in the East African country. In all of Africa, Kenya is by far the main tea producer. Unsurprisingly, the commodity plays a key role in the Kenyan economy. Together with coffee, mate, and spices, tea accounted for nearly one-quarter of the country’s exports in 2020.

Kenyan tea in the world

Tea produced in Kenya mainly supplies the international market. As of May 2021, the commodity was shipped to over 50 countries. Pakistan was the leading export destination, purchasing around 40 percent of the total tea exported. Egypt and the United Kingdom were also major markets supplied by Kenya. Overall, the tea trade generated 9.5 billion Kenyan shillings (roughly 86.2 million U.S. dollars) in earnings for the East African country in June 2021. In terms of volume, around 50 thousand metric tons of the product were exported. On the other hand, local sales of tea reached nearly three thousand metric tons in the same period.

Retail tea market

Although still small in comparison to the exported volume, the domestic consumption of tea in Kenya has been increasing. In 2020, Kenyans bought a total of 40 million kilograms of the product. That represented a significant increase from nearly 19 million kilograms in 2010. Furthermore, by 2027, the consumption of black tea by Kenyans might reach some 57 thousand metric tons, according to projections. Consequently, the tea market revenue is also forecast to increase, jumping from 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2021 to two billion U.S. dollars in 2025.

Tea or coffee?

Tea dominates the hot drinks retail industry in Kenya. However, this dynamic has been slowly changing, as the country has been experiencing a fast-rising coffee drinking culture. Similarly to tea, most of the coffee produced in Kenya is sold in the international market. Nevertheless, local consumption of coffee has been growing in recent years, mostly driven by the rise of the middle-urban class. For instance, in the season 2009/10, 510 metric tons of coffee were sold domestically. For the season 2019/20, this figure is projected to reach 1,500 metric tons.

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Tea industry in Kenya - statistics & facts

Kenya is one of the main tea exporters globally, after China and Sri Lanka. A sunny climate and deep reddish soil make for perfect conditions to produce tea in the East African country. In all of Africa, Kenya is by far the main tea producer. Unsurprisingly, the commodity plays a key role in the Kenyan economy. Together with coffee, mate, and spices, tea accounted for nearly one-quarter of the country’s exports in 2020.

Kenyan tea in the world

Tea produced in Kenya mainly supplies the international market. As of May 2021, the commodity was shipped to over 50 countries. Pakistan was the leading export destination, purchasing around 40 percent of the total tea exported. Egypt and the United Kingdom were also major markets supplied by Kenya. Overall, the tea trade generated 9.5 billion Kenyan shillings (roughly 86.2 million U.S. dollars) in earnings for the East African country in June 2021. In terms of volume, around 50 thousand metric tons of the product were exported. On the other hand, local sales of tea reached nearly three thousand metric tons in the same period.

Retail tea market

Although still small in comparison to the exported volume, the domestic consumption of tea in Kenya has been increasing. In 2020, Kenyans bought a total of 40 million kilograms of the product. That represented a significant increase from nearly 19 million kilograms in 2010. Furthermore, by 2027, the consumption of black tea by Kenyans might reach some 57 thousand metric tons, according to projections. Consequently, the tea market revenue is also forecast to increase, jumping from 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2021 to two billion U.S. dollars in 2025.

Tea or coffee?

Tea dominates the hot drinks retail industry in Kenya. However, this dynamic has been slowly changing, as the country has been experiencing a fast-rising coffee drinking culture. Similarly to tea, most of the coffee produced in Kenya is sold in the international market. Nevertheless, local consumption of coffee has been growing in recent years, mostly driven by the rise of the middle-urban class. For instance, in the season 2009/10, 510 metric tons of coffee were sold domestically. For the season 2019/20, this figure is projected to reach 1,500 metric tons.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 28 most important statistics relating to "Tea industry in Kenya".

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