China remains an unrivaled leader in global chestnut consumption with a share of 81% of the total market. Chestnuts are widely used there in cooking, roasted with sugar, or for processing. The vast majority of chestnuts in China are produced domestically. Italy acts as the major importer of chestnuts worldwide, while Turkey, Portugal and France feature the highest pace of import growth.
Consumption by Country
China (1.9M tonnes) remains the largest chestnut-consuming country worldwide, accounting for 81% of total volume. The majority of chestnuts in the country are sourced domestically – China also features as a top global chestnut producer. The volume of consumption in China exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest consumer, Bolivia (89K tonnes), more than tenfold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Turkey (61K tonnes), with a 2.7% share.
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