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Groceries include sugar, honey, cocoa, chocolate, tea, mate (a tea-like drink) and spices. Almost half of this category, when measured in US$, is oils from vegetables and animals. Territories in South America and Asia Pacific together make up three quarters of net grocery exports. Net exports at regional level are from South America, Asia Pacific, North America, Southeastern Africa and Northern Africa.

Most of Asia and Europe are not visible on this map. This means that the grocery imports to these places exceed the exports from them. Mauritius, which exports (net) the nineteenth highest value of groceries, makes most money per person from this trade.

" 'The food of the gods', as cocoa was called 500 years ago when the Spanish came upon it in South America, remains a precious commodity. International Cocoa Organization, 2006

Territory size shows the proportion of worldwide net exports of groceries (in US$) that come from there. Net exports are exports minus imports. When imports are larger than exports the territory is not shown.


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