Organic Raisins Market Overview

Raisins are produced in various regions across the world and are consumed raw or used in baking, cooking, and brewing. The global raisins market was valued at US$ 2,216. 70 million in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 3,191. 36 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4. 7% from 2020 to 2027.

On the basis of region, the raisins market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa. Europe held the largest share of the market in 2019, followed by North America. Europe is a mature and well-established market for raisins. The raisins market in the region is driven by the shift of consumers toward organic products and rising awareness about long term benefits offered by raisins. Europe has also known to be the highest exporter of raisins from South Africa. Further, the rise in disposable incomes coupled with rising demand for sweet products has led to the growth of the raisins market.

China: China’s raisin production is forecast at 160,000 metric tons (MT) in marketing year (MY) 2020/21 (August-July), down 20 percent from the previous year. The quarantine measures against Covid-19 have delayed raisin processing indefinitely in the Turpan area of Xinjiang, the single largest raisin producing region in China. The Xinjiang government is enforcing a quarantine lockdown across the whole province following an outbreak of Covid-19 in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, in mid-July. As a result, many farming activities, including grape harvest, are suspended.

Raisin wholesale prices for MY2020/21 are not available as processing activities have not started. With the anticipated sharp decline in production, raisin prices are expected to increase from the previous marketing year. At the beginning of MY 2019/20, the wholesale prices for green raisins were quoted at RMB 24 (U.S. $3.50) per kilo in Turpan and dark raisins were sold at RMB 17 (U.S. $2.50) per kilo.

China’s raisin exports are forecast to decrease by 45 percent to 20,000 MT in MY 2020/21 from the revised number in the previous marketing year. The anticipated decline in local raisin production will reduce the exportable supplies. In addition, the world demand for raisins is likely to remain weak in the wake of the global Covid-19 outbreak. Leading export markets for Chinese raisins are the EU countries and Japan

 India: Maharashtra is a leader in the production of grapes, accounting for over 80 per cent of the entire country’s output. The state exported 1,21,469 tonne of grapes in 2018-19. However this season, it could only export 92,342 tonnes of grapes, a drop of 24%. Wholesale price of raisins has gone up by Rs 40-50 per kg in Maharashtra, thanks to the festive season. The rise in prices is  despite a record production this year. Raisin farmers who were earning Rs 100-120 per kg for raisins are now getting Rs 120-220 per kg for the produce.

Grape growers who couldn’t take their produce to the market due to Covid started producing raisin thus resulting in record production of around 2.10 lakh tonnes.

 Turkey: Turkey is one of the world’s major raisin producers and exporters with over 1,200 different grape varieties being grown in the country, making Turkey one of the genetic centres for grapes in the world. There are around 50-60 grape varieties grown that have some commercial importance. Turkey produces approximately 4 million MT of fresh grapes for all purposes, including raisins. The Aegean region is the most important grape producer and mainly produces seedless grapes used for raisins. Table grapes make up about 50 percent of production, whereas drying grapes make up 35 percent, and 15 percent is for alcoholic beverage (wine and raki) production. The Marmara region surrounding Istanbul as well as Central Anatolia and Southeast Anatolia produce table and wine grapes. Total plating area for all grapes is 405,000 ha in MY 2019/20 with a decrease of more than ten percent in last decade, mainly in table grape production.

In MY 2020/21, Turkish sultana raisin production is expected to decrease to 280,000 MT from a planted area of 74,000 hectare (ha) due to lower yields in some regions of Manisa where hail damaged occurred in early June 2020.  Turkey is the world’s leading raisin exporter accounting for about 40 percent of total global raisin exports. Eighty percent of all Turkey’s raisin exports are to the European Union.

Turkish raisin exports are expected to be 240,000 MT in MY 2019/20, a slight decrease compared to the previous year. In the first ten months of MY 2019/20 Turkey exported 210,000 MT of raisins, compared to 226,000 MT in the same period of MY 2018/19. Turkey exported about 256,000 MT of raisins valued at about $500 million in MY 2018/19 which is expected to increase in MY2019/20.

Argentina: Over ninety percent of Argentine raisins are produced in San Juan Province alongside the Andes mountains in western Argentina. The raisin production here is forecast stable at 44,000 metric tons (MT) in CY 2020. Exports are forecast up to 40,000 MT on higher production over last year ) due to favorable conditions during the production season.

Russia continues to buy a share of exports, positioning itself as a major buyer of fruit in recent years, especially lemons and pears, as well as apples and grapes. However in recent years, neighbouring countries have become the most important export markets; between 50% and 60% of Argentine grapes are exported to Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Half of the Argentine Production belongs to the seedless variety “Flame Seedless” being the Superior, Sultana, Thompson seedless and Seedless Black varieties being preferred. The highlights of this region is the lower labour costs than fresh exports, and in San Juan the dry climate that makes the drying process relatively easy.

As for the destination of the product, art. account that 10% of production is consumed in the country; the rest is exported.


Organic raisins are rich in fibers and vitamins, but also are full of calories and sugars. Research suggests that eating organic raisins in moderation could offer some potential health benefits.

  • Colon Functionality and Digestive Health
  • Lower Potential for Anemia
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Promote Dental and Bone Health
  • Potential Risks of Organic Raisins
  • Laxative Properties


Our Quality Assurance

Tradelink has its boots on the ground checking the vines from the first day to ensure they meet the certified organic principles, including making sure producers are avoiding banned chemicals, including most common pesticides. Our Organic Argentine Raisins have high standards of quality and uniformity due to the application of good agricultural practices shared by the producers. With high-tech equipment and state-of-the-art processing plants, we are able to provide our customers with superior quality Organic Raisins.

Our raisins are processed using the dehydration method DOV. The DOV (Dried on Vines) system is increasingly in use by producers due to its and improved quality, it is also possible to find fruits with different colors, flavors, and above all the absence of mineral residues.


  • No stones.
  • No embedded grit.
  • No embedded sand.
  • No animal contamination.
  • No human contamination.
  • Fewer embedded stems.

With high-tech equipment and state-of-the-art processing plants, we are able to provide our customers with superior quality Organic Raisins. 

The raisin sector has benefited from recent capital investment for the incorporation of new technology to obtain larger raisin volumes for processing and a higher-quality, more competitive product for export. This investment includes the incorporation of laser and x-ray technology to improve speed, efficiency, and accuracy for mechanical harvesting and processing. Private investments have also focused on irrigation systems to optimize water usage.

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