Do you like olives? No? Have you tried Greek? It may sound like a joke, but a lot of people who say they don't like olives change their minds when they have the opportunity to try olives matured in the Greek sun during their holidays. Different approaches to olive cultivation, and different methods of processing them , make a huge difference in taste in favor of the Greek ones. This difference is so significant that after returning from vacation, freshly baked Greek olives begin to look for these products on the market.
This tendency is slowly becoming visible in the export statistics of Greece. According to the latest data for the previous year, in the 2021/2020 season, there was a quantitative and valuable increase in the export of Greek olives . Compared to the previous season 2020/2019, Greece sold more of them both in terms of quantity and value to both European Union countries and countries outside the European Union.
What exactly is this increase in numbers? In the period 2020/2021, Greek table olives exported to other EU countries amounted to 92,603 tonnes worth 260.6 million euro. The data from the last year indicate, therefore, that more than 10.5 thousand were sold to the EU countries. tons more than in the 2020/2019 season.
As for the export of Greek olives to countries outside the European Union, the increase was even greater. In the 2020/2021 season, a total of 99 349 tonnes of olives were sold, worth EUR 290.8 million. Compared to the 2020-2019 season, over 30,000 people traveled to countries outside the EU. tonnes of olives more, and their value was more than EUR 25 million higher than the year before.
At the same time, it is worth noting that over the same time frame, Spain showed a decline in olive exports to countries outside the EU. In the 2021-2020 season, nearly 9.5 thousand tonnes of olives traveled from Spain to countries outside the EU. The slight decline in Spanish olive exports also applies to the European market. Obviously, when it comes to the olive export market, Spain is a much bigger player than Greece, both in terms of quantity and value. Nevertheless, the marked increase in olive exports from Greece may be a signal that an increasing number of consumers appreciate the fantastic taste of Greek olives and that they are more likely to look for them on the market.