As of 2009 , 19 countries are producing Chicory root commercially, and traditionally the industry is dominated by Belgium, which is producing over 66% of the world crop. In 2008 Belgium produced 425 085 tonnes of chicory root, or about 39.26 kg for every resident.
In 2009, world crop was about 632 323 tonnes, that is about 91.7 grams per potential consumer.
Calorie content is 67 to 73 per 100 g so the world crop could supply 615 000 people with 2000 calories a day.There is enough protein for 457 000 people at 50g/a day. Note that these numbers do not include leaves, flowers and endives that you might get as by -product of Chicory root production.
French company Leroux S.A.S is the biggest buyer and commercial producer.Its a major exporter of chicory products to over 50 countries, 95% of US imports come from Lerox. It was founded in 1840 and did nothing but chicory since 1871, for quite awhile.
Best crop ever (or at least since 1961) was in 2004 ( 1 018 348 t ). Worst, since 1961-- 190 070 t in 1972.
Best worldwide yields were in 2004 (38708.6 kg/ha) worst, since 1961-- 14148.9 kg/ha in 1987.Record yield belongs to Belgium, 47458.4 kg/ha in 2008/09.
Land usage: growth of 2.09 % since 1961.
Roasted Chicory root costs about $650-800 per ton, in retail prices can be as high as $12-16 per pound.
World crop is worth about $ 500 million.
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Production by country in tonnes 2007 2008 2009
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My main sources are FAO.org, USDA.gov, CIA.gov, alibaba.com and many others.