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What is the global landscape of the chili pepper market?

Fresh Chili Pepper
Mexico
Seujin Jang
Updated Jul 22, 2022
The chili pepper global market increased from 15M MT (2008) to 18.5M MT (2018). It has an annual growth of 4.82% and around 1,040,000 tons are allotted for exports. Mexico displaced Spain as the top exporter in 2020. The development of agro-industrial technology increased production three folds in the last two years.

Global Market

  • Worldwide yield is increasing from 15 M MT (2008) to 18.5M MT (2018)

  • China accounts for 49.5% of total world production.

Production & Export

  • Total of 3,200,000 tons (2020)
  • Annual growth of 4.82%.

  • Roughly (30-40%) 1,040,000 tons are allotted for export

  • Individual grower average production: 3 tons/ha - max 54 tons/ha (2019)

  • Mexico has a 23.9% share in world export (2020)

  • Increasing yield from 1.8 kg/m2 (2019) to 12.3 kg /m2 (2020)

Trends

  • Exported 23.9% of the world’s total export volume. Displacing Spain as the top exporter of hot chili worldwide (22%) (2020).

  • The USA is basically the biggest and, in 2020, the only importer of Mexican Chili pepper.

  • Ironically, the biggest competitor in the US market are US producers and, more recently, South American exporters (Dominican Rep. Colombia)

  • The development of agro-industrial technology increased production 3 folds in the last 2 years. 





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