In the Food and beverage industry, Brazil Nuts find a wide application. They are widely consumed as snacks, eaten raw/ roasted or salted. They are used as an ingredient in ice creams, cakes, confectionaries and other products within the bakery and confectionary industry. The oil from Brazil nut is edible and South Americans use it in salad dressings.
Brazil Nuts are one of the most appealing nuts. The tree in which it is grown is known as a Royal Tree and it grows in its natural rainforest jungles. The shape of the Brazil nut is three-sided having white tissues or flesh which encloses around 70% fat and 17% of proteins. Brazil has traditionally been the grower and main supplier of the Brazil Nuts. Brazil Nuts are high in calories and fats, and have a rich creamy flour. Brazil nuts are valued due to the rich content of selenium. Brazil Nuts also provide great benefits for the skin, body, and hair.
Brazil Nuts market can be segmented on the basis of nature, form, end use, distribution channel, and region.
On the basis of form, Brazil Nuts market can be segmented into whole nuts (first class), chipped (second class), and broken (third class). The size of the broken form varies from 1/3 to 2/3 of the kernel.
On the basis of nature, Brazil Nuts market can be segmented into organic and conventional.
On the basis of end use, Brazil Nuts market can be segmented into snack food, ice-creams, confectionaries and baked goods. Brazil nuts are further used in its oil processing for its wide application in skin care and personal care products.
Drivers, Restraints, and Trends:
The key demand of Brazil Nuts market includes mainly from bakery & confectionary market manufacturers. Rising awareness of healthy food ingredients, changing tastes and preferences and higher disposable income is fueling the growth of market worldwide. Also, the growing innovations in bakery industry if further finding popularity of Brazil Nuts in this sector. The rising demand for organically grown Brazil nuts is further going to drive the U.S. and European market in the projected period.
The modern process of globalization and improvement of production and logistic processes stimulate the development of exotic products market globally. The doctor’s recommendation to include nutritious products in the diet have been an important factor in growing the market.
Fluctuations in the supply of Brazil nuts due to changing climatic conditions and contamination issues are the major issues which are likely to hinder the market growth.
Established vendors are forming partnerships with the food manufacturers and innovators, and such trends are gaining prominence in the Brazil Nuts market. Rising use of rich ingredients in baked goods is a growing trend in the market globally.
The significant amount of Brazil Nuts are exported to foreign countries, as the main consumption centers are located outside the growing areas. Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, and Gambia are the main producers of the Brazil Nuts. The growth rate of Brazil nuts is rather sluggish and it takes anything around 10 to 30 years for a tree to produce the first crop of nuts.
In the United States, people use Brazil Nuts and its oil extracted from them as a food. Brazil nut oil is a wispy oil that is a perfect ingredient in salad dressings. Moreover, Brazil Nuts are used in Soap, Hair conditioning/ repair products and shampoos manufacturing in South America.
In Europe, the Europe Union, has imposed strict regulations on import from Brazil of Brazil nuts in their shells, as the shells have been found to contain high levels of Alfa toxins, which can lead to liver cancer.
In the Asian market, Brazil is betting on rapidly growing middle class where people are health conscious and on recommendations by doctor tend to include nuts and nutritious products in their diets.
Some of the prominent players of Brazil Nuts are Bata Food, Eco Fruit LTDA, J.M. van de Sandt B.V., Royal Nut Company, NOW Foods and various other regional manufacturers.
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