Tea Market Overview in the European Union
In value terms, tea production soared to $ in estimated in export prices. In general, production continues to indicate a significant increase. As a result, production reached the peak level and is likely to continue growth in the immediate term.
Belgium ( tonnes) constituted the country with the largest volume of tea production, comprising approx. % of total volume.
In Belgium, tea production expanded at an average annual rate of +% over the period from 2007-.
In , the average yield of tea in the European Union skyrocketed to tonnes per ha, picking up by % on the year before. In general, the yield enjoyed significant growth. As a result, the yield attained the peak level and is likely to continue growth in the immediate term. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
In , the tea harvested area in the European Union dropped to ha, reducing by -% compared with 2019 figures. Overall, the harvested area recorded a abrupt slump. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2015 when the harvested area increased by % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to tea production reached the maximum at ha in 2007; however, from 2008 to , the harvested area remained at a lower figure.
The size of the tea market in the European Union expanded to $ in , picking up by % against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). The market value increased at an average annual rate of +% from 2007 to ; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being recorded in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013 when the market value increased by % y-o-y. As a result, consumption attained the peak level of $. From 2014 to , the growth of the market remained at a somewhat lower figure.
From 2007 to , the most notable rate of growth in terms of tea consumption, amongst the main consuming countries, was attained by Belgium, while tea consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In value terms, France ($), Germany ($) and Italy ($) appeared to be the countries with the highest levels of market value in , together comprising % of the total market. These countries were followed by Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Ireland and Spain, which together accounted for a further %.
Belgium saw the highest rates of growth with regard to market size, among the main consuming countries over the period under review, while tea market for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In , the highest levels of tea per capita consumption was registered in Ireland ( kg per persons), followed by Belgium ( kg per persons), the Netherlands ( kg per persons) and Poland ( kg per persons), while the world average per capita consumption of tea was estimated at kg per persons.
In Ireland, tea per capita consumption remained relatively stable over the period from 2007-. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Belgium (+% per year) and the Netherlands (-% per year).