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Sales of Packaged Organic Olive Oil from Andalusia Sharply Higher

6. September 2011
Julia Butler

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Sales of pack­aged Bio-Olivenöl from Andalusia grew nearly - per­cent in -, almost equal­ing that of the region’s bulk olive oil sales.

Overall, sales of Andalusian Bio-Olivenöl were up - per­cent over the pre­vi­ous year, reach­ing a total of - mil­lion kilos, of which nearly - mil­lion were pack­aged and the rest bulk.

According to Europa Press, while - mil­lion kilos were sold in Spain, the rest was exported to a total of - coun­tries, of which France is still the biggest buyer. Last year the French soaked up - mil­lion kilos and showed an increased inter­est in the pack­aged vari­ety, with those sales up about - per­cent to - kilos.

No such trend in Italy, the next main buyer, which took - mil­lion kilos and all of them bulk. According to Francisco Casero, pres­i­dent of the Andalusian Committee of Ecologic Agriculture (CAAE), and Francisco Zurera, the Córdoba del­e­gate of Andalusia’s Agriculture and Fisheries depart­ment, Italy later sells the oil "as its own,” above all in the United States.

"However, Andalusia is itself hav­ing a big impact in this (American) mar­ket, sell­ing - kilos of its pack­aged Bio-Olivenöl and a fur­ther - kilos of bulk oil,” they said.

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Meanwhile Japan, the third biggest importer of Andalusia’s organic oil, is the biggest buyer of the pack­aged sort. Japan bought nearly one mil­lion kilos last year, of which the vast major­ity (- kilos) were pack­aged.

Andalusia now devotes - hectares to Bio-Olivenöl pro­duc­tion, up - hectares on -.

Most of Spain’s olive oil exports are still in bulk but trade in pack­aged oil – in con­tain­ers of less than - liters usu­ally mar­keted directly to con­sumers, restau­rants, and gourmet shops – has dou­bled in the last five years and the upward trend con­tin­ues.

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