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Andalusia Authorities Release Data on 2021/22 Season

By Paolo DeAndreis
Feb. 21, 2023 09:17 UTC

The obser­va­tory on prices and mar­kets in Andalusia has just released new data for the 2021/2022 olive sea­son. Andalusia is by far the most cru­cial olive oil-pro­duc­ing region in the world.

The report found 5.77 mil­lion tons of olives har­vested and trans­formed, down 5.5 per­cent from the 2020/2021 sea­son. About 41.6 per­cent of those olives were gath­ered in the Jaén province.

According to the obser­va­tory, Andalusia pro­duced 1.15 mil­lion tons of olive oil last sea­son. That accounted for 77.5 per­cent of Spain’s and 34 per­cent of the world’s olive oil pro­duc­tion.

Olive oil yield fared 3.9 per­cent above the pre­vi­ous sea­son and 4.3 per­cent above the last five sea­sons’ aver­age. Approximately 43.4 per­cent of Andalusia’s olive oil pro­duc­tion came from Jaén.

Jaén, Andalusia

Jaén, located in Andalusia, Spain, is the largest pro­ducer of olive oil in the world, pro­duc­ing 40% of Spain’s out­put and 25% of the global sup­ply. The region is known for its high-qual­ity, extra vir­gin olive oil pro­duced from the Picual vari­ety of olive. The local olive oil indus­try has a long his­tory and tra­di­tion, with olive trees being grown in the area for thou­sands of years.

In all, olive oil ship­ments com­prised 72.6 per­cent of the regional exports, a 5.4 per­cent decrease from the pre­vi­ous sea­son and a 2.8 per­cent increase from the last five sea­sons’ aver­age.

Andalusia also exported 69.3 per­cent of the olive oil pro­duced by local millers, with an aver­age price of €3.61 per kilo­gram. 55.5 per­cent of those exports went to European Union mem­ber coun­tries, with Italy absorb­ing 26.5 per­cent of the over­all Andalusia exports.

In 2021/2022, 17.5 per­cent of Andalusia’s olive oil was shipped to the United States, one of the most impor­tant oil importers glob­ally.

Andalusia olive oil imports grew 25.8 per­cent com­pared to the last cam­paign, reach­ing 163.090 tons. When com­pared to the pre­vi­ous five sea­sons, imports rose 34.6 per­cent. Most of these imports, 55.2 per­cent, came from Portugal, fol­lowed by Tunisia (29.8 per­cent).

Between 2019/2020 and 2021/2022, olive oil con­sump­tion in Andalusia per capita dropped from 8.3 to 7.2 kilo­grams per year. The national per capita con­sump­tion dropped from 8.7 to 7.4 kilo­grams per year dur­ing the same time­frame.

The obser­va­tory ana­lysts inter­pret these trends as return­ing to nor­mal after the con­sump­tion surge trig­gered by the COVID-19 epi­demic and the asso­ci­ated lock­downs. During the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 cam­paigns, Andalusia olive oil per capita con­sump­tion reached 7.5 and 7.2 kilos yearly.

The obser­va­tory also cer­ti­fied that the stor­age capac­i­ties at the end of the 2021/2022 cam­paign were 453,758 tons.

Finally, the new 2021/2022 report stressed the sig­nif­i­cant growth of the olive-grow­ing areas in the region. Between 2013 and 2022, olive farm­land grew from 1,541,109 to 1,639,627 hectares.


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