Status of the date palm industry in the United States

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Despite being ranked 16th in world date production, the United States has a vibrant and progressive date palm industry. In 2020, almost 57,000 MT were produced, mostly of the ‘Deglet Noor’ and ‘Medjool’ cultivars, valued at almost USD$ 200,000,000. Domestic date consumption is slowly increasing, while a significant portion of the crop is exported. Imports play a key role as well. This presentation will include the most up-to-date production, consumption, import and export statistics. Details of the actions that US date producers are taking to decrease production costs and increase sustainability will be presented. Also, results from a survey of consumer preferences and subsequent measures that are being launched to increase domestic consumption of fresh fruit and value-added products will be highlighted. Finally, the status of several insect and disease pests that threaten the industry will be detailed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
JournalActa Horticulturae
Issue number1371
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • cultivars
  • diseases
  • horticultural practices
  • insect pests
  • marketing
  • trade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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