Rice Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

Global Rice Market Report Covers Industry Analysis & Segmentation of Rice Production (Volume), Consumption (Volume and Value), Import (Volume and Value), Export (Volume and Value), and Price Trend Analysis in emerging and established markets across the world, including major countries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa. The report offers the market size and forecasts in terms of volume in thousand metric tons and value in USD Million for all the above segments.

Rice Market Size

Rice Market Summary
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Study Period 2017-2027
Market Size (2023) USD 365.57 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 423.80 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 3.00 %
Fastest Growing Market North America
Largest Market Asia-Pacific

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Rice Market Analysis

The Rice Market size is expected to grow from USD 365.57 billion in 2023 to USD 423.80 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 3% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

  • As a cereal grain, rice is the most widely consumed staple food for most of the global human population, especially in Asia, accounting for nearly 90% of rice production and consumption. Rice is cultivated in more than 120 countries, with China and India accounting for 50% of rice production globally. It is the primary agricultural commodity with the third-highest worldwide production after maize and sugarcane. It is the staple food of more than half of the global population, with the Asian, sub-Saharan African, and South American regions being the largest consumers.
  • The increasing food and restaurant sector is anticipated to promote market growth in the future. Likewise, continuous global development in rice mill machinery and attractive packaging enhance product demand in emerging economies. The rising demand for specialty rice varieties has increased the trade for long-grain rice, which in turn is driving the market growth. Additionally, constantly changing lifestyles and food habits among consumers are accelerating the fast-food industry market, which is expected to drive significant market growth during the forecast period.
  • Hence, the dependency on monsoons, the heavy incidence of pests and diseases, and other factors, like shortage of land and labor, are expected to impede the market growth during the forecast period.
  • Asia-Pacific is the largest rice market. This is attributable to higher per capita consumption, production, and regional population. Most of the rice is grown and consumed in the Asian region, from Japan in the east to Pakistan in the west. Rice is the second-most vital cereal crop, after wheat, in Asia. It is a crop that ensures food security in many developing countries of Southeast Asian as well as East Asia regions. Over recent years, the rice market has witnessed considerable growth due to the growing demand for rice in emerging and developing nations globally.

Rice Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Rice Market according to our research experts:

Growing preference for specialty rice varieties leads to increased trade

The demand for specialty rice has been gaining traction globally, bolstered by consumers' growing concerns about health and wellness. Compared with regular milled white rice, specialty rice varieties are rich in vitamins and minerals, aid good health, and are good sources of fiber. Therefore, such varieties are witnessing an immense demand among consumers.

Around the world, basmati rice is one of the best types of rice. It is known for its slender, sleek, tapering grains with a unique taste, aroma, and grain elongation quality upon cooking. Exports of the premium variety from India have an 85% share in the basmati export market. The United States imports Asian aromatic rice, such as jasmine and basmati. India is the top exporter of basmati rice to the global market. According to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the country exported 3,948,161.03 metric ton of basmati rice to the world for the worth of INR 26,416.49 Crores ( USD 3,540.40 Million) during the year 2021-22. In 2021, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates were the major importers of basmati rice.

In 2021, China, the Philippines, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States, Bangladesh, and Iraq were the major importers of rice globally. China and the Philippines account for 45% of the rice imports at the global level. India exports huge volumes of aromatic and long-grain basmati rice, which is anticipated to increase with tourism and changes in food patterns. Port handling infrastructure, the value chain development, and exploring new opportunities in countries or markets for rice exports led to a huge spike in rice exports.

In Europe, the demand for specialty and exotic varieties, such as basmati as well as jasmine rice, is growing exponentially. A significant share of imported rice consists of long-grain Indica rice and aromatic varieties (basmati and jasmine), which are popular mainly in Northern Europe. The United Kingdom dominates the imports of basmati rice, mainly from India. Therefore, the demand for special and exotic rice varieties is expected to increase during the coming year.

Rice Market: Export in USD Mill, Basmati Rice, India, 2018-2021

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market

Rice is the staple food of Asia and part of the Pacific. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, about 90% of the global rice is produced and consumed in Asia. India and China are the prominent producers of rice, with a production of 177.6 million metric ton and 211.4 million metric ton, respectively, in 2020.

Over the ages, China has dominated production and continues to do so. All rice cultivation is highly labor-intensive. Rice farms are mainly located in Central China, accounting for about 49% of Chinese rice production (National Bureau of Statistics of China). Apart from meeting its huge domestic demand, China also exports a significant quantity of rice globally. Major importers of Chinese rice are Ivory Coast, Korea, Egypt, Turkey, and Japan. Rice production will likely remain high during the forecast period, given the high local consumption and global export demands.

Likewise, rice production in India has increased by 3.5 times in the last 60 years. According to the Rice Exporters Association, Indian rice exports touched 20 million ton in 2021, as well as 16 million ton of non-basmati rice. Rice being vital, no country-enforced restrictions on its import. Furthermore, the Indian government has been helping farmers to take up rice cultivation by providing a minimum support price (MSP). For the 2021-2022 Kharif season, the minimum selling price (MSP) was INR 1,940 per quintal compared to INR 1,868 per quintal in 2021.

After China and India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Thailand were the next largest rice producers. Thus, owing to increasing demand and government initiatives to increase rice production, the market is anticipated to grow during the coming year.

Rice Market - Market Size by Region in %, 2021

Rice Market News

In March 2022, prices of rice exported from Vietnam rose as trade routes to China reopened, with some traders betting on additional demand from buyers looking for alternate sources due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

In January 2022, the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) released a new rice variety called 'TRY 5' in India. This is an early-duration variety suited for salt-affected soil.

In October 2021, Organic India, one of India's leading organic food companies, launched new products to its organic portfolio, including organic basmati rice, red rice, black rice, etc.

Rice Market Report - 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, Consumption Analysis, Import Market Analysis by Volume and Value, Export Market Analysis by Volume and Value, and Price Trend Analysis)

      1. 5.1.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.1.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

      3. 5.1.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Australia

        3. India

        4. Indonesia

        5. Thailand

        6. Vietnam

      4. 5.1.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.1.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Egypt


Rice Industry Segmentation

Rice is the staple food of more than half of the global population, with the Asian, Sub-Saharan African, and South American regions being the largest consumers.

The global rice market report covers production volume, consumption volume and value, import volume and value, export volume and value, and price trend analysis across emerging and established markets globally, including major markets in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa. The report offers the market size and forecasts in terms of volume in thousand metric ton and value in USD million for all the above segments.

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

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Rice Market Research FAQs

The Rice Market size is expected to reach USD 365.57 billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 3% to reach USD 423.80 billion by 2028.

In 2023, the Rice Market size is expected to reach USD 365.57 billion.

North America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2027).

In 2023, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in the Rice Market.

Rice Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Rice market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Rice analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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