MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office
Number of week number 51 of December 15, 2020
WIESBADEN – roasted, made into marzipan or baked in biscuits: for many people, almonds are especially important during Advent. The healthy kernels, most of which come from abroad, are constantly imported into Germany all year round – and in ever larger quantities. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), around 83,300 tons of almonds were imported to Germany in the first three quarters of 2020. That was 7% more than in the same period of the previous year. Whether with or without a shell, with a bitter flavor or sweet – the demand for almonds has increased significantly in recent years. In 2019, a total of 102,500 tons were imported into Germany, 37% more than ten years ago.
Last year, the lion’s share was made up of around 100,000 tons of sweet almonds without their shell. In contrast, the bitter almonds, which are so indispensable for Christmas stollen and biscuits, were hardly significant: at 1,400 tons in 2019, their share was just 1.4%.
Two thirds of the imported almonds recently came from the USA
The majority of the almonds that are processed into Advent delicacies in this country have come a long way: almost two thirds of the imported kernels, which are known as “superfoods” due to their high content of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, came from the United States (65,300 tons). For years the USA has been the most important country of origin for almonds in Germany. The second largest importer with a share of 20% of total imports was Spain last year (20,500 tons).
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