Which Country Consumes the Most Olives in the World?

Vegetable And Animal Oils And Fats February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global olive consumption amounted to 17,766 thousand tonnes in 2015, growing by +15.4% against the previous year level. Overall, the global olive consumption indicated a moderate growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +0.6%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2013, when the output figure increased by +25% from the previous year level. In that year, the global olive consumption attained its maximum volume of 22,105 thousand tonnes. From 2014 to 2015, the total olive consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Olive Consuming Countries in the World

1. Spain (6598K Tonnes)

2. Turkey (1703K Tonnes)

3. Morocco (1614K Tonnes)

4. Italy (1587K Tonnes)

5. Greece (1130K Tonnes)

Global Olives Consumption

With nearly 6,598 thousand tonnes, Spain became the world’s leading olive consuming country, mixed up 41% of global consumption. The other major consumers were Turkey (1,703 thousand tonnes) and Morocco (1,614 thousand tonnes), with a share of 11% and 10%, respectively. Moreover, olive consumption in Spain surpassed the figures recorded by Turkey fourfold. They were followed by Italy with a 10% of global consumption share and Greece with a 7% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of olive consumption in Spain stood at +0.9%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Turkey (+5.9% per year) and Morocco (+11.8% per year).

Per capita olive in Spain was estimated at 143.05 kg/year, much higher than the global average of 15.76 kg/year. Spain was the leading country in terms of per capita consumption, among the main consumers of olive, followed by Greece (103.13 kg/year), Morocco (46.96 kg/year), Italy (26.53 kg/year) and Turkey (21.64 kg/year).

In Morocco, per capita olive consumption has grown noticably (+10.4% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Morocco per capita consumption reached 143.05 kg/year as compared with 21.25 kg/year in 2007.

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