Export Impact For Good

 
Countries / Territories

  • The bulk of the soluble coffee exported from producing countries is spray-dried powder. Brazil accounts for just under half of all soluble coffee exports. Intense price competition coupled with diminishing demand has led to a marked reduction in the spray dried powder manufacturing capacity in many consuming countries, although a significant proportion of that reduced capacity has been transferred to other, usually emerging, markets. It does not appear, therefore, that there is a very secure future for new entrants planning to supply spray-dried powder.

    Freeze-dried soluble continues to make significant progress, although processing is comparatively expensive and the product quality demands a high proportion of the more expensive arabica. The process is therefore unsuitable for countries that produce only robusta. The market has primarily been developed by Nestlé and Kraft Foods, although a number of other companies are actively involved in the sector, particularly those producing own labels. Brazil and Colombia are important suppliers and while the market for freeze-dried coffees is growing there are concerns that there is already tremendous manufacturing over-capacity in both Brazil and a number of consuming countries such as Germany. Freeze-dried coffee accounts for around 30% of all sales of soluble coffee. Trade opinion suggests that the market for soluble coffee as a whole is likely to grow only slowly over the next ten years; by contrast the market for freeze-dried coffee is expected to continue growing at a much faster rate.

    The opportunity for new suppliers must be weighed against current excess manufacturing capacity, which is probably sufficient to cover most, if not all, the anticipated increase in demand for a number of years. Although most exports of soluble coffee are as finished product (in primary so not retail packaging), some sales are made as frozen concentrate for finishing in the country of destination.

    Exports of soluble coffee by coffee producing countries for the period 2001 - 2006 are shown in the table below. Most of the coffee exported was produced in the country of shipment. Soluble coffee is also produced in Malaysia for use in regional markets and in the Philippines, where it is used for domestic consumption.

     

    Exports of Soluble Coffee by ICA Exporting Member Countries, 2002 - 2007 


     

    2002 

    2003 

    2004 

    2005 

    2006 

    2007 

    Total 

    5,277928

    5,786,283

    5,914,455

    6,186,025

    5,95,6827

    7,199,244

    Colombian Milds 

    618,780

    583,449

    599,842

    632,580

    628,564

    588,703

    Colombia

       609,521  

       575,834

      592,445

       626,690

    622,717

    583,173

    Tanzania

           9,259

           7,615

           7,387

           5,890

    5,847

    5,530

    Other Milds 

    1,487,706

    1,632,319

    1,633,081

    1,451,192

    1,525,108

    2,236,142

    Ecuador

    360,344

    416,591

    481,924

    597,189

    599,174

    749,271

    El Salvador

    8,430

    1,636

    341

    458

    54

    241

    Guatemala

    0

    0

    0

    23

    478

    1,605

    India

    749,622

    728,184

    741,843

    338,377

    408,104

    780,996

    Jamaica

    344

    361

    658

    575

    737

    1,876

    Mexico

    331,063

    433,992

    344,043

    444,319

    430,176

    624,842

    Nicaragua

    37,295

    34,591

    44,684

    57,481

    60,795

    53,523

    Peru

    0

    0

    0

    14

    0

    0

    Panama

    0

    0

    0

    8

    222

    0

    Venezuela

    0

    16,964

    19,588

    12,714

    25,368

    23,786

    Zimbabwe

    608

    0

    0

    34

    0

    2

    Brazilian Naturals 

    2,389,073

    2,875,415

    3,203,366

    3,547,872

    2,952,480

    3,320,913

    Brazil

    2,382,917

    2,847,626

    3,183,169

    3,525,169

    2,943,547

    3,308,730

    Paraguay

    6,156

    27,789

    20,197

    22,703

    8,933

    12,183

    Robustas 

    782,369

    694,847

    477,347

    554,382

    850,673

    1,054,486

    Cote d'Ivoire

    458,900

    411,453

    231,045

    258,152

    581,039

    846,868

    Ghana

    0

    1,178

    315

    139

    89

    38

    Indonesia

    227,770

    173,456

    181,590

    223,384

    192,029

    149,283

    Madagascar

    0

    0

    0

    182

    0

    0

    Nigeria

    0

    302

    428

    0

    0

    0

    Philippines

    6,347

    9,808

    26,821

    33,636

    35,314

    32,105

    Sierra Leone

    442

    0

    0

    31

    16

    0

    Sri Lanka

    664

    24

    609

    300

    1,657

    358

    Thailand

    18,626

    59,649

    558

    0

    0

    0

    Trinidad and Tobago

    1,800

    1,591

    2,078

    692

    408

    0

    Vietnam

    67,820

    37,386

    33,903

    37,866

    40,121

    24,834



    Updated 12/2008