When it comes to California’s agricultural exports, nuts are big business. Three out of the top ten agricultural exports are nuts; almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. Of these, almonds are the biggest cash crop by far with a value of $5.14 billion in foreign sales in 2015 according to a report from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The enormous value of California’s almond exports compared to other agricultural exports can be seen in the chart below showing the top ten California agricultural exports in terms of millions of dollars.
As can be seen the value of almond exports is more than 3x the next highest export value, dairy and associated products. Combined, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios comprise over half of the value of the top 10 exports, accounting for nearly $7.5 Billion in 2015. So, it should be abundantly clear that California nuts exports are key to California’s agricultural economy. But where do all of these nut exports from California go? What countries import the most almonds, walnuts, and pistachios?
To get a picture of where California’s nuts exports go, we can chart the flow of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios to the top regions and countries that import them. This can be seen in the sankey diagram in the infographic below.