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The production of olive oil worldwide takes place, for climate reasons, in the region between the lines of latitude 30 and 45 north and south.

Nowadays 95% of the world’s olive groves are situated in the Mediterranean region, with the European Union countries Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, France, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia and Malta producing 64% of the olive oil.

Outside the European Union Tunisia (10%), Turkey (7%), Syria (4%), Morocco (5%) and Algeria (3%) are the main producers.

 

PRODUCTION OF OLIVE OIL WOLDWIDE (1000t)

Campaign

Production

10/11

3.075

11/12

 3.321

12/13

  2.402 

13/14

  3.252 

14/15

2.458

15/16

3.177

16/17

2.562

 17/18

3.379

18/19*

3.218

19/20**

3.144

 

 

Average

2.999

Source: IOC

* Provisory value

** Estimated value

 

 

The world production growth rate has been around 0,2% a year in the last 10 years. In the European Union, olive oil production has enjoyed remarkable growth in recent years with Spain being the largest producer in the world.

 

PRODUCTION OF OLIVE OIL IN EUROPEAN UNION (1000t)

Campaign

Spain

France

Greece

Italy

Portugal

Cyprus

Croatia

Slovenia

 Malta

15/16

1.403 5 320 475 109 6 6 0.5

0

16/17

1.291 3 195 182 69 6 5 0.4

0

17/18

1.262 6 346 429 135 6 4 0.4

0

18/19*

1.790 6 185 174 100 5 3 0.9

0

19/20**

1.230 6 300 340 125 6 4 0.3

0

Source: IOC

* Provisory values

** Estimated values

 

 

In Portugal, there was a steep decline of olive oil production from the 60’s to the 80’ but from the early 90’s onwards production increased. The average production in the last 10 years has been about 89.000 tons a year.

In the near future these figures are expected to double because of strong investments being made in new olive groves, especially in the south of Portugal

 

PRODUCTION OF OLIVE OIL IN PORTUGAL (1000t)

 Campaign

 Production

10/11

63

11/12

76

12/13

59

13/14

92

14/15

61

15/16

109

16/17

69

17/18

135

18/19*

100

19/20**

125

 

 

Average

89

Source: IOC

* Provisory value

** Estimated value