Which Country Produces the Most Olives in the World?

Oleaginous Fruits November 02, 2017
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2015, the country with the largest volume of the olive output was Spain (6,598 thousand tonnes), accounting for 41% of global production. Moreover, olive output in Spain exceeded the figures recorded by the world's second largest producer, Turkey (1,703 thousand tonnes), fourfold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Morocco with a share of 10%.

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

Top 10 Olive Producing Countries in the World

1. Spain (6,598K Tonnes)
2. Turkey (1,703K Tonnes)
3. Morocco (1,614K Tonnes)
4. Italy (1,587K Tonnes)
5. Greece (1,130K Tonnes)
6. Algeria (574K Tonnes)
7. Egypt (559K Tonnes)
8. Portugal (538K Tonnes)
9. Tunisia (226K Tonnes)
10. Libya (189K Tonnes)

Global Olives Production

Global olive production amounted to 16,056 thousand tonnes in 2015, rising by +4.9% against the previous year level. Overall, the global olive output pursued a moderate decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total output figures decreased 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 production attained its maximum volume of 22,045 thousand tonnes. From 2009 to 2015, the total olive output growth failed to regain its strength.

Over the analyzed period, global olive production was buoyed by disposable income growth, population growth, and growth of medical care and personal care products. These key factors are to remain relevant with regard to olive output in the immediate term. This general positive trend was largely conditioned by a robust expansion of the harvested area and a noticeable contraction of the yield figures.

The world olive harvested area amounted to 10,208 thousand ha in 2015, which was almost equal to the previous year figure. The olive harvested area indicated a noticeable increase over the period under review, representing a compound annual growth rate of +1.3% from 2007 to 2015. This trend pattern was relatively stable throughout the analyzed period. Over the period under review, the total olive harvested area peaked in 2013, falling back in the following year.

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Source: World: Olives - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast