Germans like their hearty foodstuffs: For a few years now, consumers have been increasingly turning to salty snacks. The current trend is leaning towards "healthy" nuts, nut and nut-fruit mixes, according to the Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry. (BDSI). Whether as a snack, cooking or baking ingredient, spread or alternative to animal foods: The per capita consumption of nuts in Germany has risen within the last five years from 0.5 kg (2014) to 1.8 kg (2019).
If one considers the total amount of all nuts processed in Germany, consumption is even considerably higher: according to the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE), the Federal Information Center for Agriculture (BZL) comes out at a consumption of five kilograms of nuts per person per year - 700 grams more than in 2011/12. According to this, the consumption of nuts increased within the past seven years, from 343,000 to 415,000 tons in the 2018/19 fiscal year.
The most popular nuts are peanuts (1.3 kg per person), almonds (800 g) and hazelnuts (700 g). These are followed by cashews at around 500 g and walnuts and pistachios at around 400 g each. Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, chestnuts and coconuts are also included in the statistics.