Which Countries Consume the Most Tea?

Beverage Crops March 01, 2017
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

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The global tea market showed an upward trend from 2008 to 2013 and reached a peak at 5,126 thousand tonnes. However, in 2014, dynamics downturned. During the next two years, the global tea market decreased to 5,011 thousand tonnes.

According to market research conducted by IndexBox, the countries with the highest demand were China (1,434 thousand tonnes), India (976 thousand tonnes), Kenya (218 thousand tonnes), Turkey (213 thousand tonnes), and Iran (210 thousand tonnes), together comprising approximately 61% of global consumption.

The highest annual growth rates of tea consumption from 2008 to 2015 were recorded in China, with +5.5% growth, Iran, with +3.4% growth. Following significant consumption growth rates, China significantly strengthened its share in global consumption structure from 24% in 2008 to 29% in 2015. By contrast, share of Turkey declined over the period under review.

Among the leading consuming countries, high per capita consumption levels were recorded in Kenya (4.7 kg/person in 2015), Turkey (2.7 kg/person), and Iran (2.7 kg/person), which were significantly higher than the world average of 0.7 kg/person. The annual growth of per capita consumption from 2008 to 2015 was the most notable in China, with +5.0% growth, and India with +1.4% growth.

Top 10 countries consuming the most tea in 2015


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Source: World: Tea - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025