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World Olive Oil Production Drops Sharply

The International Olive Council said total olive oil production will drop by fourteen percent.

Dec. 5, 2016
By Reda Atoui

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World olive oil pro­duc­tion is expected to go down by four­teen per­cent dur­ing the 2016/2017 cam­paign, accord­ing to the Inter­na­tional Olive Coun­cil (IOC).

Mem­bers of the IOC par­tic­i­pated to the 18th meet­ing of the orga­ni­za­tion’s Eco­nomic Com­mit­tee in Madrid between Novem­ber 22 and Novem­ber 25 to dis­cuss olive oil pro­duc­tion, prices, and global mar­ket trends.
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The IOC’s pro­duc­tion fore­casts state that world olive oil pro­duc­tion could drop by as much as four­teen per­cent, reach­ing 2,713,500 tons, with mem­bers of the IOC gen­er­at­ing 2,519,000 tons.

Euro­pean mem­bers of the IOC are expected to pro­duce 1,923,000 tons dur­ing the 2016/17 sea­son, a 17-per­cent decrease com­pared with the last cam­paign.

Spain is expected to see its pro­duc­tion decrease by 6 per­cent (to reach 1,311,000 tons), Greece should expe­ri­ence a 19-per­cent decrease (260,000 tons), Italy a whop­ping 49-per­cent decrease (243,000 tons), and Por­tu­gal’s will drop 14 per­cent (93,600 tons).

Italy has faced severe cli­mate con­di­tions and pest inva­sions in 2016. Other Euro­pean coun­tries have been hit with drought and pests as well.

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Pro­duc­tion is also expected to drop in non-Euro­pean mem­bers of the IOC, namely in Tunisia, Morocco, Alge­ria, Jor­dan, Lebanon, Argen­tine, and Libya. On the other hand, pro­duc­tion is expected to rise in Turkey (+24 per­cent), Egypt (+8 per­cent), Israel (+7 per­cent), and Alba­nia (+5 per­cent).

The IOC report also offers an analy­sis focus­ing on the evo­lu­tion of olive oil prices.

In Spain, a kilo­gram of extra-vir­gin olive oil cost €3.37 ($3.59) as of late Novem­ber, a 10-per­cent increase com­pared with last year. It cost respec­tively €5.75 ($6.13) in Italy, €3,46 ($3.69) in Greece, and €3,68 ($3.93) in Tunisia (which rep­re­sent increases of 70, 21, and 12 per­cent respec­tively). Prices have risen sharply dur­ing the last few weeks.

World olive oil con­sump­tion is expected to go down by one per­cent in 2016/2017 to reach 2,904,000 tons. The drop in yield lev­els implies an increase in prices, which leads to a decrease in con­sump­tion.

Last month, the IOC par­tic­i­pated in the 22nd ses­sion of the Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the United Nations Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (COP22) that was held in Mar­rakech, Morocco from Novem­ber 7 to Novem­ber 18.

In a con­fer­ence call with its mem­bers, the IOC show­cased numer­ous stud­ies that proved that olive grow­ing has pos­i­tive effects on the envi­ron­ment and that the adop­tion of appro­pri­ate agri­cul­tural prac­tices helps to increase the capac­ity for atmos­pheric C02 seques­tra­tion in per­ma­nent veg­e­ta­tive struc­tures (bio­mass) and in the soil.”

A sci­en­tific con­sen­sus has now been reached that olive trees have a pos­i­tive car­bon bal­ance and that they have a real pos­i­tive impact and offer a real envi­ron­men­tal ser­vice to soci­ety,” the IOC said.



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