Azerbaijan is the third-largest exporter of hazelnuts to global markets in the first quarter of 2022, an official from the country’s Agriculture Ministry said last week. According to the official, a total of 67,000 tons of hazelnuts have been harvested in Azerbaijan this year. “About 95-96 percent of hazelnuts are exported to European markets. The Azerbaijani government encourages entrepreneurs engaged in hazelnut production. Every year they are allocated one-time funds in the amount of 4,400 manats ($2,600).”
According to data released by International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, Azerbaijan comes in at number three in exporting both kernel-based and shelled hazelnut to global markets. According to 5-year average statistics, since 2017, the country has remained in the top three of the largest exporters of dried fruit with a 5 percent share in kernel-based exports and 5 percent in the shelled crops. In 2015-2016, the country ranked fourth.
Exports go to more than 25 countries including Russia, Germany, Georgia, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, France, Ukraine, Switzerland, and others. Germany and Italy are said to be the largest buyers of Azerbaijani hazelnuts. Turkey dominates the hazelnut market in both segments with 68 percent and 75 percent shares, respectively, over the same period. Italy comes in second with an 11 percent and 7 percent share.