World Sugar Consumption

At the beginning of the 20th century, a world population of 1.6 billion people consumed roughly 8 million tonnes of sugar, i.e. 5,1 kg per capital.

Considerable expansion took place until 1980, when world sugar consumption reached nearly 90 million tonnes, i.e. an annual growth rate of 3.1%.

After going through a sluggish growth in the 1990s, which hardly exceeded 2,2% per annum, sugar consumption has grown at an healthy rate since the early 2000s, notably in Asia (+4,9% p.a.), the Middle-East (+4,6% p.a.) and Africa (+4,1% p.a.).

Today, a world population of 7 billion people, of which 4,0 billion are concentrated in Asia, consumes roughly 165 million tonnes of sugar, that is 23 kg per capita on average, with the lowest level seen in Bangladesh (8 kg) and the highest in Israel, with 66 kg.

The 10 largest sugar consuming nations represent roughly two-thirds of total world consumption.

White sugar consumption in developed countries can be considered as saturated (flat/low population growth and maturity of food markets), whereas developing countries are considered as growing markets, particularly in Asia, and, to a lesser extent, in the Middle-East and Africa.