In 2016, there were 44,000 tons of hazelnuts harvested valued at $118 million dollars. (NASS 2018)
Turkey still dominates the world hazelnut industry, generally producing about 75 percent of the world's total. However, recent weather and disease issues affecting Turkey’s crops have increased demand from the United States. (FAO 2015).
Hazelnuts are often featured in chocolate truffles or ground into meal and used as flour in cakes, cookies and breads.
Chocolate-hazelnut spreads are a popular product similar to peanut butter. An increasing number of food companies have started to make their own version of this spread, which are now available at most major grocery chains.
Hazelnuts are sold unshelled, as whole, diced, sliced or ground kernels, as paste or as oil. The highest quality nuts, which command the highest prices, are sold unshelled. The most important market for these nuts is the snack food industry.
Helpful enterprise budget for hazelnuts:
Fruit and Tree Nut Data, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA.
Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS)
Hazelnut Production, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), 2018
Links checked February 2018.