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World consumption of table olives has increased by 178.7% since 1990

World consumption of table olives has increased by 178.7% since 1990

2019/01/03 - The world consumption of table olives has multiplied by 2.8, increasing by 178.7% during the period between the 1990/91 and 2018/19 campaigns, as detailed in the last newsletter of the International Olive Council (IOC) .

The biggest increase in consumption was found in key producer IOC member countries. In some countries, consumption rose in response to rising production, for example in Egypt, where consumption went from 11,000 t. in 1990/91 to 370,000 t. in 2018/19. At the same time, Algeria went from consuming 14,000 t. to 340,000 t., and Turkey from 110,000 t. to 360,000 t. Graph 2 shows the annual consumption of table olives per capita in IOC member countries in 2017. Algeria takes the lead – its 41 million inhabitants consume a total of 297,000 t. olives per year, or 7.2 kg. per capita. Egypt and Turkey come in joint second, consuming 4.1 kg. each, and Lebanon follows with 3.6 kg. Other countries fall below 3 kg. per capita annually.

Consumption in the European Union increased by 69.8% during this period, going from 346,000 t. in 1990/91 to 588,500 t. in 2018/19. Consumption in the EU in 2017 stood at around 1.1 kg. per capita.

Regarding the annual consumption of table olives per capita of a group of non-member countries. We note in particular consumption in Albania and Syria, standing at 10.8 kg. and 10.1 kg. respectively. Chile, Peru and Saudi Arabia fall in between the 1 kg. and 2 kg. mark, with 1.6 kg., 1.4 kg. and 1 kg. respectively. And finally, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Iraq, the USA and Brazil stand between 0.5 kg. and 1 kg. The remaining countries consume less than 0.5 kg. of table olives per capita per year.

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