Ukrainian food exports hit record high

16 December 2021, 06:12 PM

Ukrainian food exports took a real leap forward this year, with berry and uncooked pasta leading the way onto foreign food markets. 

In 2021 Ukraine exported U.S. $24.4 billion worth of agricultural products, smashing last year’s record figure of $22.2 billion, the Scientific Centre at the National Institute of Agricultural Policy has reported.

This is the fourth year in a row that Ukraine has broken its food exports record.

This year there was a sharp increase in fruit and berry exports – in 2021 these exports were worth $329 billion, said Mykola Pugachev, Scientific Centre’s deputy director.

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The dramatic increase in sales of frozen fruit and berries to $205 million was a decisive factor – Ukraine sold almost 73,000 tons of these products.

Ukraine has also sold 35,000 tons of uncooked pasta over the last 11 months. According to the Institute of Agricultural Economy, by the end of this year Ukraine’s poultry sales may also hit a historic high.

Exports have been driven by a global increase in food prices but also by the success of Ukrainian exporters in their global market segments. Figures from November 2018 to October 2019 show Ukraine to be one of the three top food exporters to the EU.

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