` E.U. Olive Oil Stocks Fall by Estimated 23 Percent

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E.U. Olive Oil Stocks Fall by Estimated 23 Percent

Jun. 19, 2020
Daniel Dawson

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Olive oil stocks in the Euro­pean Union have fallen by nearly a quar­ter since the end of the 2018/19 crop year, accord­ing to the lat­est data pub­lished by the 27-mem­ber trad­ing bloc.

The Direc­torate-Gen­eral for Agri­cul­ture and Rural Devel­op­ment of the E.U. esti­mates stocks will fall to 603,113 tons by the end of the cur­rent crop year, a decrease of 23 per­cent com­pared to last year.

The decreas­ing stocks will come as good news for pro­duc­ers, many of whom have been suf­fer­ing from per­sis­tently low olive oil prices. Experts have par­tially attrib­uted these low prices to the high olive oil stocks of the pre­vi­ous two years.

End­ing stocks in the 2018/19 crop year surged to their high­est lev­els since 2006/07. This was largely fueled by rel­a­tively sta­ble pro­duc­tion through­out the E.U. cou­pled with declin­ing rates of con­sump­tion.

E.U. olive oil stocks remain high­est in Spain, which is pre­dicted to have 505,700 tons left over at the end of the crop year. End­ing stocks in Italy are esti­mated to be 55,000 tons, while Greece is expected to have 40,800 tons of left­over olive oil.

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Pro­duc­tion in the three coun­tries is expected to be 1,120,000 tons, 365,000 tons and 275,000 tons, respec­tively.

Over­all olive oil pro­duc­tion in the trad­ing bloc will reach 1,917,991 tons by the end of the crop year and con­sump­tion will fall to 1,377,695 tons. By the end of the pre­vi­ous crop year, the E.U. pro­duced 2,400,000 tons and con­sumed 1,495,000 tons of olive oil.



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