If you think salt is nothing more than a little jar of pixie dust in the kitchen, this list of the 8 countries that produce the most salt in the world will prove to you that there is a global, billion dollar industry in this beloved condiment.
Salt is one of the world’s most important minerals mined, with key uses not just in the food industry but also in many processes – with as many as 14,000 uses to be exact. For one, it is an integral de-icing agent for roads in countries that experience heavy winters. The largest salt mines are spread across North America, South and Central America, Europe, and Asia.
There are different types of salt production techniques that yield different types of salts (rock salt, sea/solar salt, evaporated salt). For this list, we have used the combined, non-specified production estimates that do not segregate whether the produced salts of a specific kind.
We have used the most credible figures for this list, curated from the data of the United States Geological Survey for 2012. Figures for other years are either unavailable or lack any comparable data from other credible sources.
So, what are the countries that produce the most salt in the world? Are they also the countries that consume the most salt? Read on to find out!