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Agro Industry
  • The agrofood sector is a major contributor to the Lebanese economy. In 2017, the agrofood sector was the largest contributor to the industrial sector output at 34% of total and generated 2.4% of the country’s GDP.
  • The sector has an estimated size of 1.4 billion LBP (922 million USD) and has registered a 3.5% Compounded Annual Growth Rate between 2004 and 2017.
  • There are around 1,400 agrofood companies constituting the largest share of total industrial firms in Lebanon. More than 45% of the agrofood factories are located in Mount Lebanon Governorate and are engaged in the production of dairy, confectionary, dried fruits and nuts, baked goods, olive oil and wine.
  • Exports of agrofood products accounted for 15% of total exports and 16% of total industrial exports in 2018. Despite all external and internal challenges, agrofood exports have been growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 4% since 2009 demonstrating the sector’s potential and resilience. 
  • Lebanese agrofood production is diversified with a wide range of traditional and innovative products being exported to regional and international markets. Top three exported agrofood products in 2018 included dried fruits and nuts at 8.3% followed by processed chocolate (8.1%) and sauces and condiments (7%).
  • Dried fruits and nuts, prepared sauces and condiments and milk and cream were identified as Lebanese agrofood products with high potential for growth given their export trend data. Exports of dried fruits and nuts registered a CAGR of 43% between 2009 and 2017 while sauces increased by 29% and milk and cream by 23%.
  • Arab countries and in particular the GCC are importing the highest share of Lebanese agrofood products with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait importing around 30% of total Lebanese agrofood exports in 2018. 

 

*Source: Lebanese National Accounts, Lebanese Customs

 

DISTRIBUTION OF LEBANESE AGRO-INDUSTRIAL EXPORTS BY PRODUCT (%Shares|2018)DISTRIBUTION OF LEBANESE AGRO-INDUSTRIAL EXPORTS BY PRODUCT

Source: Lebanese Customs

 

TOP 5 AGROFOOD EXPORTS DESTINATION (2018) 


Country

% Share of Total Exports

KSA

12.3

USA

8

Iraq

7.1

UAE

7.1

Qatar

6.7

Source: Lebanese Customs

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