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India emerges as leading importer of Californian almonds

India has emerged as the leading importer of Californian almonds due to rising consumption of the dry fruit in the country, the Almond Board of California has said.

business Updated: Apr 09, 2009 16:39 IST

India has emerged as the leading importer of Californian almonds due to rising consumption of the dry fruit in the country, the Almond Board of California has said. "India is the third largest export market for California almonds (in 2007-08). Increase in the percentage of exports to the country reflects a rise in the demand in the country," Board Associate Director (Asia and Russia) Kristi Saitama said in an e-mail interview.

Propelled by the expansion of the middle class and growing health awareness amongst consumers, almond consumption in India has grown steadily in the past as well as in the current scenario, Saitama said.

The Californian almond shipment has been excellent with India reaching record high export figures for two consecutive years, reaching 33,000 tonnes in FY'08, a rise of 24 per cent over the previous year, she said. The almond exports to India stood at 30,000 tonnes till February in FY'09.

The US accounts for 80 per cent of India's almond imports and California is the world's leading almond producer, accounting for about 80 per cent of the global production of the dry fruit.