The annual global consumption of dates was more than 1m metric tons in 2018. Although the consumption rate was lower in 2019, experts see a rising demand for the market. Dates are a staple food in the Middle East, India, and Egypt. Traders, however, often neglect various consumption of this amazing fruit. Every single part of a date can be processed into a new product.
Infinity Nuts, international fruit and nuts supplier, has released a review of date value-added products and trading information: Date quality varies according to the origin and the type of it. They are with/without syrup divided into three grades of quality. Traders often look for the best quality as they want to pack them in fancy packages and send them to stores. The direct consumption of households is the bolded target among traders; therefore, they miss profits of value-added products.
India holds first place in the dates importers list with an import value of $225 million. The United Arab Emirates and Iraq were the top exporters to India.