Global olive oil world production, as estimated by the International Olive Council, is expected to be 2,918,000 tons, a reduction of 7% from last season, though growth in demand should improve prices. SGS provides full olive oil analysis per the IOC and EU regulations at our Seville laboratory.

Against stability in Spanish production, yield for the 2016 season is predicted to be 1,400,000 tons (similar to the previous year), the Mediterranean’s main producer countries have seen mixed fortunes. Production has fallen in Italy, down 30% to less than 330,000 tons, in Greece, down 20% to 260,000 tons, and in Tunisia production is down 29% to 110,000 tons. On a more positive note, Turkey is expecting production to increase to 190,000 tons, up 24%.

Cultivated Areas

Spain has cultivated 2.5 million of hectares for olives, some 700,000 hectares with irrigation, intensive and semi intensive. In Australia, an area of about 30,000 hectares is dedicated to olive production, and in Argentina, where the market is growing and developing, the objective has been to cultivate 90,000 hectares.

High in demand, but low in production, between 2005 and 2009 the United States has planted more than 8,000 hectares of olives – meeting less than 2% of its market demand.

China is the country with the most ambitious objectives. Its plantations date back to the 1960's and it now has 59 million olive trees in an area equal to the olive-growing area of Jaen, Spain.

Spanish Markets

In Spain, last year 790,000 tons of olives were exported (packed and bulk), 471,500 tons were for the domestic market and there is stock of about 315,000 tons.

SGS’s laboratory in Seville is IOC recognised and ISO 17025 accredited for analysis of olive oil. Recently, we also have increased the scope of our accreditation for heavy metals (ICP/MS) and pesticides residues (GC/MS/MS).

As a FOSFA member, staff at the facility can perform all contractual analyses as per FOSFA terms for oils and seeds, as well as per GAFTA for cereals and feeds. In addition, we have extensive contaminant testing capabilities, including pesticide residues, mycotoxins, heavy metals, PAH, SAH and microbiology.

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