Processed Food Products

U.S. Processed Food Products Exports in 2021

Total Export Value
$34.24 Billion
Total Volume (Millions)
11 Metric Tons
3-Year Average
$31.76 Billion
Compound Average Growth
2.6% (2012-2021)

In 2020, the value of U.S. prepared food exports to the world was $6.7 billion, unchanged from the prior year. Canada and Mexico remain the top two markets, accounting for 42 percent of total exports. Canada and the EU27+UK, the third largest U.S. export market, had the largest increases at $130 million and $62 million, respectively. The year-to-year stability of U.S. prepared food exports can be attributed in part to the strength and size of the markets of USMCA partners Canada and Mexico.

More information from the 2020 U.S. Agricultural Export Yearbook

Top 10 Markets for Processed Food Products in 2021

Market Total Value (USD)
Canada $10.4 Billion
Mexico $4.77 Billion
European Union $2.01 Billion
Japan $1.85 Billion
South Korea $1.66 Billion
China $1.42 Billion
Philippines $846.99 Million
Australia $774.11 Million
United Kingdom $765.53 Million
Taiwan $659.23 Million
Top 10 Processed Food Products Export Markets 2012 - 2021
Annual Processed Food Products Exports 2012 - 2021

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Data and Analysis

International Agricultural Trade Report

United States Agricultural Exports to Taiwan Remain Promising

Taiwan is the seventh-largest market for U.S. agricultural exports. Taiwan has vibrant urban communities and a highly developed e-commerce industry that provides convenience for customers, all which support Taiwan’s continued demand for safe and high-quality food products. In addition, evolving consumption trends suggest customers are increasingly looking for western-style food options that cannot be locally sourced. Since domestic food production alone cannot match increased food demand, agricultural imports will continue to play an important role in Taiwan’s retail food economy. While trade barriers exist and competition intensifies, opportunities to increase U.S. agricultural exports remain promising.
International Agricultural Trade Report

Opportunities for U.S. Food Processing Ingredient Exports to Malaysia

Malaysia was the 25th largest export destination for U.S. agricultural products in 2021 and is a top prospect for exports of food and beverage ingredients because of its large and growing food processing industry. Food and beverages manufactured in Malaysia not only serve domestic consumers but are also exported to many neighboring countries. U.S. exporters of dairy products, fresh and processed potatoes, food-grade soy, processed fruit and juices, tree nuts and more have many opportunities to supply Malaysian industry which depends on imports for key ingredients and inputs, and in doing so will reach consumers across Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

El Salvador: Retail Foods

The retail sector in El Salvador has remained strong and stable, with new outlets opening and new online shopping options. Super Selectos is the largest supermarket chain, followed by Walmart which in January 2022 announced it is considering the sale of its outlet stores in El Salvador. Imports of U.S. consumer-oriented products reached a record-high of $267 million in 2021.

News and Features

Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley led a USDA trade mission to the Philippines, July 18-21. He was joined by representatives from 29 U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations and 10 state departments of agriculture, working...
U.S. products took center stage in Guadalajara May 17-19 at Mexico’s largest annual food industry trade show. FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley was there to lend his support.
The American agricultural industry posted its highest annual export levels ever recorded in 2021, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced today.

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