𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐎𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭
Lentil market in Europe, its challenges and opportunities.
but let's start with some numbers and last harvest status:
🔹 European lentils production increased from 75,000 tonnes in 2017 to 116,000 tonnes in 2021
🔹 Spain and France are the main European producers
and consumers of lentils in Europe. Around 80,000 hectares are cultivated in these two countries alone
🔹 Lentil imports to Europe averaged 230,000 tonnes over the past five years. The EU's largest importer is Spain, with more than 50 000 tonnes imported lentils per year between 2017 and 2021
🔹Most lentils imported in the European Union come from
North America. The EU imported 100 000 tonnes of Canadian lentils in 2020 🇨🇦
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐖𝐚𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞?
The area under lentil cultivation in Europe was similar in 2022, compared to 2021.
However, the largest differences were mainly recorded in yield due to impacts of spring droughts occurring in France, Spain or Italy in early 2022.
Due to droughts and unusual heat, the lentil bloom was blocked, resulting in 30-50% lower yields than average in some areas.