Mexico is the world’s main exporter of fresh peppers with a 29% global share and its exports continue to grow. Between January and November 2021, the value of fresh pepper exports totaled 1.366 billion dollars, i.e. 5.4% more than in the first eleven months of the previous year.
The United States is its main destination market, followed by Canada, and the United Kingdom. Between 2016 and 2020, Mexico annually sold an average of 1.047 billion tons of pepper to the United States, 6,300 tons to Canada, and 1,500 tons to the United Kingdom.
In the analyzed period, Mexico produced an average of 3.3 million tons of chilies and peppers a year, with an average annual growth rate of 0.3%. The main national producer was Chihuahua, with a 23.6% share.
Almost 50% of the country’s pepper is produced under protected agriculture production (greenhouse, shade mesh, or macro tunnel), so Mexico can produce peppers practically throughout the whole year.
The state of Sinaloa is the main producer of open field peppers, with an annual production of around 166 thousand tons.