`Olive Oil Among Top Organic Imports in U.S.

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Olive Oil Among Top Organic Imports in U.S.

Sep. 2, 2014
Julie Butler

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Organic olive oil worth $166 mil­lion was imported by the United States last year, the first in which it was tracked by the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (USDA).

This means about one tenth of the value of all for­eign olive oil sales in the U.S. in 2013 came from organic olive oil.

Organic olive oil together with organic cof­fee ($253 mil­lion), bananas ($259 mil­lion), and man­gos ($101 mil­lion) accounted for 60 per­cent of the value of tracked organic imports in 2013, accord­ing to the USDA’s Eco­nomic Research Ser­vice.

About half the value of the organic olive oil imported came from extra vir­gin olive oil, 47 per­cent the olive oil grade and 4 per­cent from vir­gin olive oil.

Last year, the United States imported 288,000 MT of olive oil val­ued at just over $1.1 bil­lion, down in vol­ume but up in value from the just over 321,000 MT val­ued at nearly 963 mil­lion imported in 2012, USDA fig­ures show.

Ear­lier this year, the Inter­na­tional Olive Coun­cil said it was track­ing trade in organic olive oil thanks to new inter­na­tional cus­toms codes mak­ing it fea­si­ble for the first time.

Source: USDA

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