The dried fruit market in the U.S

The dried fruit market

With the exponential surge of the Healthy, Organic and Better-For-You products in the United States, Americans started to pay more attention to dried fruits and the ways we can include them in their everyday diet. Through the last decade, research and studies have shown how a regular consumption of dried fruits can marvelously boost your immunity and act as a shield to chronic diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer and Diabetes, among others. Let us go through some numbers and definitions to better understand the growth of the Dried Fruit market in the United States.

What are dried fruits? You might ask. They are derived from natural fresh fruits, by removing all water content either naturally using techniques such as sundrying, or by industrial dehydration using advanced machinery and technology. Dried fruits initially represent a great source of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants and it is important to note that only a small amount of vitamins are lost during the dehydration process. Today, the growing population of healthier and bright-minded consumers, along with a general rise in income, is raising demand for dried fruits. Some examples of dried fruits include Apricots, Dates, Figs, Peaches, Pears, Prunes, Raisins, Berries and more.

In 2020, the Dried Fruit market in the U.S was estimated to have reached $10.43 billion in sales. Economists and analysts have already stated their forecast for this fast-growing market to reach $15 billion in sales by 2027. Therefore, the compound annual growth of the dried fruit market is anticipated to surge at 5.34% during the forecast period of 2020-2027.

Dates are considered one of the healthiest dried fruits due to their natural composition of minerals, A B D vitamins, fiber, iron and numerous antioxidants that build your immunity and protect your metabolism. In fact, dates are referred to as “Super-Fruits” for all the above-mentioned reasons. The dates market in the U.S is estimated at $13.4 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $16.25 billion by 2025. Imports largely outweigh exports when It comes to date manufacturing activities in the U.S. During the crop year 2020-2021, the United States imported 53.1 million pounds of fresh dates valued at $70 million with the majority of dates coming from Tunisia, Israel and Pakistan. On the other hand, during the same year, the U.S exported 36 million pounds of dates valued at $87.5 million.

Because of their unmatched health benefits, Americans will continue to consume and produce more dried fruits and incorporate them in their baking, cooking and snacking treats. Dates in particular, will continue to grow in popularity, mainly because of their delicious taste and all the various way they can be used to compliment your diet.

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Mohamed Horchani

Mohamed Horchani
Assistant General Manager at Kartago Dates