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Olive Oil Consumption in Spain Increased During State of Emergency

Nov. 11, 2020
Daniel Dawson

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A newly-pub­lished report from Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food con­firms the anec­do­tal evi­dence that the COVID-19 pan­demic increased domes­tic demand for olive oil.

Individual house­hold olive oil con­sump­tion increased by 12.7 per­cent in the rolling 12-month period that ended in July 2020, com­pared with the pre­vi­ous one. 

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According to the report, the months with the high­est rates of indi­vid­ual domes­tic con­sump­tion coin­cided with the country’s first state of alarm, which lasted from March 14 to June 21.

A state of alarm is the low­est of the three degrees of state of emergency.

Over the four-month period, Spaniards con­sumed an aver­age of 33,860 tons of olive oil per month. Meanwhile, in the remain­ing eight months of the rolling year, Spanish house­holds con­sumed an aver­age of 28,160 tons of olive oil per month.

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Olive oil con­sump­tion hit its high­est points in both March and May, reach­ing 34,690 tons and 34,880 tons, respectively.

The sub­stan­tial increase in house­hold olive oil con­sump­tion is expected to help off­set the severe losses being faced by the country’s pro­duc­ers, many of whom have been neg­a­tively affected by the pan­demic’s impact on trade as well as the restau­rant and hos­pi­tal­ity sector.

The trend of increas­ing house­hold con­sump­tion is also likely to con­tinue as a new state of alarm was issued by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez late last month and could last until May. In many parts of the coun­try, Spaniards are being urged to remain at home once again.





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