"Global raisin production for 2016/17 is forecast to rebound nearly 5 percent to 1.25 million metric tons (tons) as gains in Turkey and Iran more than offset losses in the United States, Chile and China. World consumption is expected to keep pace, rising to 1.23 million tons. Global exports are forecast up 4 percent to nearly 750,000 tons, primarily due to higher shipments from Turkey, the United States and Iran." (USDA)

Raisin production,supply and distribution for select countries: METRIC TONS (DRY WEIGHT BASIS)

Total world supply in metric tons: 1,251,000


"Turkey is generally the world’s second largest raisin producer after the United States and the leading exporter. Grapes are grown throughout Turkey, and there are more than 1,200 different grape varieties in Turkey. Turkey produces approximately 4 MMT of grapes annually. While the Aegean region produces seedless grapes, the Marmara, Central Anatolia and Southeast Anatolia regions produce table and wine grapes." (USDA "Home." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.)




"Traditional retail markets for raisins exist throughout China where the Xinjiang-produced green raisin dominates over imports as a snack food due to its low cost and Chinese taste preference. According to Post’s wholesaler contacts, many Chinese consumers think imported dark raisins are “too sweet” for snacks. Although imports struggle to gain traction in traditional retail markets, demand for high quality, imported dark raisins continues to grow in high-end retail outlets, e-commerce venues, and the baking industry."(USDA "Home." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.)



"Iran is the third largest exporter of raisin in the world by exporting more than 150,000 metric tons (27% global Consumption) of raisins worth around 250 million dollars annually. There are different varieties of Iranian Raisins; Sultana Raisins (Superior Qualily-Dark color), sultana minerals (Light color - Malayer) Golden Raisins, Black Raisins and Green Raisins. The advantage of Iranian Raisins is principally its price, minerads and different methods of price, mine rals and processing." (USDA "Home." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.)




 "The variety of Sultana raisins is distinguished by light brownish-red color, the presence of many useful substances, and, of course, excellent taste. “Sultan” in Uzbekistan, and throughout the world, is also known as red raisins – as it is usually called simple consumers, for which the main indicator of the accessory of raisins to this or that kind of service is color. Uzbekistan has raised 35,000 tons to 70,000 due to better-than-anticipated yields."(



"The drying process in Argentina is carried out by over 30 companies, mainly by utilizing the sun to dry grapes. Grapes are laid on racks, which are located over ripieras, pieces of land covered by stones, where they are sun-dried for a 15 to 30-day period depending on the grape variety. The final product has a moisture content of 15-20 percent. After the drying process is completed, vegetable oil is applied to raisins, which are then packed in 30-pound cases, in bulk, or in clusters. The Argentine Ministry of Agriculture established a protocol for certified raisins that include Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) as part of the process." (USDA "Home." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.)



"Over 95 percent of Chilean raisin production is exported. The Latin American market accounts for half of Chile's raisin exports and it is generally the destination for the lower quality raisins. Raisins are normally exported year round, but the months of heaviest flow are June/July and November/December of each year." (USDA "Home." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.) 



"The drying process in Afghanistan is carried out two ways: sun drying and shade drying. Green raisins are dried in shaded, ventilated houses (Kishmish Khana), while red, black, and yellow raisins are sun dried on rooftops and the ground. After the drying process, raisins are swept up from the ground and bagged. The final product has a moisture content of 12 to 13 percent. Raisin production tends to track or follow grape production closely each year."(USDA "Home." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.) 



"Raisins are produced along South Africa’s longest river, the Orange River in the Northern Cape Province, due to its ideal climate for drying raisins. Grapes used for the production of raisins are mainly produced further east of the Orange River, and are harvested later than table grapes, usually from January to March in order to maximize the sugar content in the grapes." (USDA "Home." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.)




"The first grapevine planting material arrived in Australia with white settlement in 1788. Today grapes are grown commercially in all States and Territories. Grape growing (wine, raisin, and table) is the largest fruit industry in Australia with production in a wide range of environments from temperate to tropical."(