The Spanish Association for the Industry and International Trading of Olive Oil (ASOLIVA) has made public the forecasts for next season’s crop. According to this source, the production of olive oil in Spain will be around 1.3 million tons for the 2009/2010 period.
Similarly, the Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Spain has placed their estimates for this very same period at 1.25 million tonnes.
These figures reinforce the position of global leadership of Spain’s olive oil production, well ahead of other producing countries such as Italy (with an estimated production of 300,000 tons) or Greece (280,000 tons).
Spain Olive Oil Facts:
Spain exports its olive oil to more than 100 countries in five continents: Europe (84%), United States (5.7%), Asia (4%), South America (2.8%), Oceania (2.5%) and Africa (1%).
Where Does it All Come From?
- One of every four olives in the world comes from Spain. Spain accounts for more than 25 percent of the world’s olive-growing surface with more than 5.6 million acres of cultivation area.
- Olive Oil from Spain originates from seven regions — Andalusia is the leader, producing 80 percent of the supply. Other regions include: Castilla la Mancha (7%), Extremadura (5%), Catalonia (3.5%), Aragon (2.5%), Valencian Community (1%) and the Balearic Islands (1%).
- More than 260 olive varietals are cultivated throughout Spain; 24 types are used in olive oil.