USDA projects strong fresh produce import growth over next decade

USDA projects strong fresh produce import growth over next decade

USDA projects strong fresh produce import growth over next decade

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has projected a more-than 50 percent increase in the value of imports of fresh fruits and vegetables over the next decade, according to a new report.

Imports are expected to grow from $23.9 billion in 2020 to $36.6 billion in 2030, the USDA said in the report 'Agricultural Projections to 2030'.

The fresh fruit and vegetable category is expected to drive growth of horticultural imports - including processed produce - from $66.9 billion to $99.7 billion over the same period - an average of 5 percent growth per year.

Horticultural imports over the next 10 years are forecast to be the fastest-growing of the entire agricultural import category.

Imports of processed fruits and vegetables are expected to grow by 34 percent from $11.3 billion in 2020 to $15.1 billion in 2030.