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Asoliva Elects New President

Dec. 9, 2019
Daniel Dawson

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Anto­nio Gal­lego Gar­cía, the com­mer­cial man­ager of Migasa, one of Spain’s largest olive oil pack­ag­ing and bot­tling com­pa­nies, has been elected as the new pres­i­dent of the Span­ish Asso­ci­a­tion of Olive Oil Export­ing, Indus­try and Com­merce (Aso­liva).

Gal­lego replaces José Pont Amenós, who had pre­vi­ously been at the helm of Aso­liva for 17 years but decided not to run for a fifth term.

Aso­liva is cur­rently made up of 50 mem­ber com­pa­nies, mostly based in Cat­alo­nia and Andalu­sia. Accord­ing to its own sta­tis­tics, Asoliva’s mem­bers make up roughly 95 per­cent of bot­tled olive oil exports from Spain and about 50 to 70 per­cent of bulk exports.

Gallego’s first chal­lenge as the head of the group will be keep­ing Span­ish olive oil com­pet­i­tive in the lucra­tive United States mar­ket. The U.S. recently imposed a 25-per­cent tar­iff on bot­tled olive oil from Spain, which is likely to remain in place indef­i­nitely.

In the past, Gal­lego has crit­i­cized olive oil pro­duc­ers for not invest­ing enough in the pro­mo­tion of their prod­ucts in new mar­kets. Back in April, he urged pro­duc­ers to not cry [about the record-low prices] and spend their money on pro­mo­tion.”

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