Which Country Produces the Most Virgin Olive Oil?

Virgin Olive Oil Production (tonnes), 2014
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 33 countries in 2014, Spain ranked the highest in virgin olive oil production with 1,738,600 tonnes followed by Italy and Greece. On the other end of the scale was Malta with 4.00 tonnes, Montenegro with 180 tonnes and Mexico with 250 tonnes.

Total virgin olive oil production reached 3,414,847 tonnes in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 17.3 % more than in the previous year and 14.8 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total virgin olive oil production reached an all time high of 3,488,907 tonnes in 2012 and an all time low of 931,298 tonnes in 1962. The average annual growth amounted to 1.75 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Spain, accounted for 50.9 % of virgin olive oil production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 65.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 84.4 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Virgin Olive Oil Production indicator page.

Virgin Olive Oil Production Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Algeria tonnes 36,400 50,000 39,900 57,900 48,200
Argentina tonnes 25,700 21,000 18,000 21,600 29,400
Egypt tonnes 6,700 4,300 3,300 5,700 8,200
Greece tonnes 328,273 305,000 306,900 357,200 331,946
Israel tonnes 5,700 7,200 6,500 12,700 13,000
Italy tonnes 607,000 517,460 526,778 541,760 505,915
Jordan tonnes 11,292 16,760 21,412 19,447 21,548
Lebanon tonnes 12,000 12,600 32,000 14,000 11,200
Morocco tonnes 75,000 111,600 146,700 133,500 120,100
Palestine tonnes 17,584 4,771 23,754 20,754 22,951
Portugal tonnes 58,742 68,185 68,683 83,191 76,500
Spain tonnes 1,044,687 1,384,383 1,395,210 1,567,523 652,687
Syria tonnes 156,338 168,163 194,995 208,329 193,829
Tunisia tonnes 160,000 150,000 174,600 112,400 192,600
Turkey tonnes 99,500 145,600 162,600 184,200 206,300