Olive Oil Consumption in Spain Continues to Grow

A new report from the country's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries said olive oil consumption grew by more than three percent for the second straight year. Demand for extra virgin olive oil has led the way.
By Daniel Dawson
Jul. 1, 2020 11:00 UTC

Extra vir­gin olive oil con­sump­tion in Spain grew by more than 13 per­cent from 2018 to 2019, accord­ing to a newly pub­lished report from the coun­try’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

Spaniards con­sumed more than 138 mil­lion liters of extra vir­gin olive oil in 2019, putting per capita con­sump­tion at about three liters, up nearly half a liter com­pared with 2018.

Independent young peo­ple and retirees were the two demo­graphic groups that expe­ri­enced the largest increases in con­sump­tions, at 23.2 per­cent and 21.3 per­cent, respec­tively. Independent adults were the only demo­graphic group that expe­ri­enced a decrease in extra vir­gin olive oil con­sump­tion.

According to the report, extra vir­gin olive oil accounted for slightly more than 25 per­cent of the total vol­ume of edi­ble oils con­sumed in Spain in 2019.

Among the rea­sons for the increase in con­sump­tion are the per­sis­tently low olive oil prices in the coun­try. From 2018 to 2019, the aver­age price for a liter of extra vir­gin olive oil fell by nearly 17 per­cent.

The report also found that over­all olive oil con­sump­tion increased by 3.3 per­cent, reach­ing about 356 mil­lion liters.

In 2018, the min­istry reported that olive oil con­sump­tion grew by 3.5 per­cent, the largest such increase in a decade. The lat­est find­ings demon­strates that demand con­tin­ues to trend upward in the world’s largest pro­ducer and con­sumer of olive oil.

While the coun­try’s appetite for olive oil grows, the min­istry’s data showed that table olive con­sump­tion had expe­ri­enced a slight decrease in 2019, falling by nearly three per­cent to 112 mil­lion kilo­grams (247 mil­lion pounds).


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