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Average global fresh produce consumption up 4%

  • Average global fresh produce consumption up 4%

    by Market Insider

    Tuesday, 14 Apr. 2015

    With levels of obesity on the up throughout much of the world it may come as a breath of fresh air that the average per capita fresh produce consumption share around the globe has increased from 36% to 40% over the last half century.

    The figures are according to an interactive section on National Geographic’s website called “What the World Eats” which sourced data from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization Statistics Division (FAOSTAT).

    China leads the world in per capita fresh produce consumption by far, with the category that consists of fruit, vegetables and starchy roots representing 56% of the Chinese average diet in weight in 2011 (the vast majority of this figure is made up of vegetables). By contrast, in 2011 the fresh produce made up 27% of the average diet in the U.S., 33% in the U.K., 25% in Mexico and just 12% in Somalia.

    Another interesting finding is that Cuba leads the world in fruit consumption, with the segment making up 19% of the average diet which is attributed to the collapse of Cuba’s key trading partner, the Soviet Union, in 1991, which led to the island country relying more on local farming. While produce now represents almost half of the average Cuban diet, in 1970 it was a mere 18%.

    The U.K. has a relatively high per-capita fruit consumption for the developed countries, coming in at 13%, compared to Germany at 8%. Fruit consumption is also notably high in Brazil (17%), Mexico (15%) and Saudi Arabia (15%), while the category constitutes about a tenth of average diets in Australia, the U.S, Hong Kong, Spain, Japan, Kuwait and Argentina.

    Some interesting findings can also be found when comparing data on fresh produce consumption over the last 50 years. For example, the proportion of fresh produce in the average Spanish diet has dropped by a 15 percentage points to 30%, while Japan has also declined by nearly as much.

    The U.S. has stayed fairly consistent over the five decades, with fruits, vegetables and starchy roots increasing slightly from 26% to 27% of the average diet. Australia has seen an encouraging boost from 21% to 26%, while India has gone up from 23% half a century ago to 34%.

    The fresh produce is by far the most important category of consumption (40%), followed by grains (21%), diary and eggs (15%) and meat (9%). In terms of world average, fruit consumption has increased from making up 8% of diets to 11% in 2011, while vegetables have increased by half to 20%.

    Source: Freshfruitportal

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