Sunflower Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The sunflower market is segmented by geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report includes production (volume), consumption (value and volume), import (value and volume), export (value and volume), and price trend analysis of the top sunflower markets across the world. The report offers the market size and forecasts in terms of volume in metric tons and value in USD thousand for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

 Sunflower Market Overview
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 5.7 %

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Market Overview

The sunflower market is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

As an impact of COVID-19, on one side, the industry suffered from a labor crisis in the oil processing plants due to repeated lockdowns, and the supply chain got disrupted due to restricted transportation and communication. For instance, India could face a shortage of sunflower oil due to the Ukraine crisis because India imports 80% of oil from Ukraine and 20% from Russia. While on the other side, consumers across the world have started preferring healthy foods. Thus, the market is anticipated to see a rise in demand for products incorporated with sunflower seeds and sunflower oil.

Europe is leading the sunflower market geographically. The market is primarily driven by the growing demand for sunflower oil across the region. Sunflower oil consumption is growing rapidly, mainly as a result of the rising health consciousness among consumers. Due to the negative effects on health coming from the adoption of a modern lifestyle, consumers now prefer light edible oils in order to remain healthy. As a result, the share of sunflower oil in the total edible oil consumption is rising year over year.

Companies are focussing on enhancing their sunflower seed product category. In 2021, Magnetic seed treatment reduced the germination time and increased root-shoot length by inducing physiological and biochemical modulations in seed technology that is anticipated to increase the seed kernel weight of sunflower seeds without changing the shape.

Scope of the Report

Sunflower seeds are the fruits of the sunflower plant, which are produced on a mass scale across the globe. There are three types of commonly used sunflower seeds such as linoleic, high oleic, and sunflower oil seeds. Sunflowers have two main commercial uses; edible oil and confectionery. Edible oils are prepared from sunflower seeds that are used in various food products.

The sunflower market is segmented based on geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa), where Europe is leading the market. The report covers sunflower seeds production analysis (volume), consumption analysis (value and volume), import analysis (value and volume), export analysis (value and volume), and price trend analysis across the main markets.

Geography (Production Analysis by Volume, Consumption Analysis by Value and Volume, Import Analysis by Value and Volume, Export Analysis by Value, and Volume and Price Trend Analysis)
North America
United States
United Kingdom
South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia

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Key Market Trends

Rising Opportunity in the Oil and Snacks Industry

Sunflowers are used for manufacturing cooking oil, meal, and confectionery products. Oil and meal are processed from the same varieties. Oils with greater percentages of linoleic and monounsaturated fats are healthier. Therefore, sunflower seed oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils available for cooking purposes. Sunflower oil contains linoleic, essential fatty acids that are 69% polyunsaturated. Linoleic sunflower oil is excellent for cooking, and it has a neutral taste. This characteristic enhances the taste of food instead of masking it. Linoleic oil is the preferred oil in much of Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America. Confectionary sunflower seeds are used for food-grade seeds, packaged seeds, and ingredients. The largest market for food-grade seeds is consumer retail, both domestically and abroad is anticipated to record growth during the forecast period, owing to the rising demand for sunflower oil and other sunflower-based processed foods.

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Asia-Pacific is the Fastest-growing Sunflower Market

Asia-Pacific dominates the sunflower market in terms of consumption after Europe, holding around 12% share of the global market in 2020. China tops in exports at the country level, followed by Turkey. The market in this region is driven by higher disposable incomes and increased health consciousness. Consumers are increasingly turning towards sunflower oil, which has witnessed an increase in consumption by about a five-fold rise over the past 15 years. The rising number of supermarkets and retail stores is rapidly increasing the demand for various flavors of sunflower seeds. Manufacturers are focusing on providing healthier product offerings. As a rich source of fiber, there is a demand for sunflower seeds rising for manufacturing animal feed products in the livestock industry.

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Recent Development

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Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Value Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 Geography (Production Analysis by Volume, Consumption Analysis by Value and Volume, Import Analysis by Value and Volume, Export Analysis by Value, and Volume and Price Trend Analysis)

      1. 5.1.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.1.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. Ukraine

        4. Russia

        5. Spain

        6. France

      3. 5.1.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

      4. 5.1.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.1.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Egypt

        2. South Africa

        3. Saudi Arabia



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Sunflower Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Global Sunflower Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.7% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2021.

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