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Olive oil balances and future plans of International Olive Council

Great turning point in world olive-growing sector. It 'got the year of passing: 2.95 million tonnes of production, consumption 2.98 million tons

The International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) has estimated a decline in world production of olive oil by 2.5% to 2.95 million tonnes for the year 2010-2011.

This follows from the preliminary estimates made known during the 98th session of the members of the IOC held in Madrid November 22 to 26.

The largest is the European Union (EU), with 2.1 million tons, of which 1,20 million tonnes produced by Spain, with a drop of 14% compared to the year 2009 to 2010.
Estimate also the productions of other nations: 336,000 tons for Greece, 480,000 tonnes for Italy to Portugal 67,500, 6,500 in Cyprus, 6,000 tons for France.

Outside the EU, the IOC has estimated a production of 193,500 tonnes to Syria, Turkey, 160,000; for Tunisia, 120,000, for Morocco, 150,000; to Algeria, 48,000 to Palestine, 24,900; for Jordan, 19,000 for Australia, 18,000; for Argentina, 17,500 and finally to Libya, with 15,000 tons of olive oil.

World consumption will reach 2.98 million tons, an increase of 3.65% compared to the year 2009-2010.

As for the main areas of consumption, the European Union confirms its leading position with 1.88 million tonnes, followed by USA (260,000), Syria (125,000 tons) and Turkey (115,000).

The IOC has estimated that world exports of olive oil will exceed 707,000 tons, an increase of 5.05% over the previous year, with the EU (438,000 tonnes) as a major trading power, following a large distance Morocco (40,000 tons), Syria (50,000), Tunisia (90,000) and Turkey (38,000).

Overall imports, according to the budget for the year 2010-2011, which covers the period from October 1, 2010 until September 30, 2011, is estimated at 684,000 tons, 2.93% more than in 2009-2010.

With regard to olive products promotion, the Council of Members discussed the
progress in the IOC promotional campaigns in China and Russia and determined the action to be undertaken in the upcoming 2011 campaign in the United States and Canada. Other topics of discussion included the priority ranking for launching the market research planned in Japan, South Korea and Australia in 2011.

Another area of business discussed by the Council of Members was its work on standards for trade in olive products. It adopted the method for the determination of the composition and content of sterols and triterpene dialcohols by capillary column gas chromatography and gave the green light to the revised methods for the determination of ΔECN42, the determination of waxes, methyl esters and ethyl esters by capillary column gas chromatography, the sensory analysis of table olives and the organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oils; it also approved the revision of the trade
standard for olive oils and olive-pomace oils.

As part of its training activities, the Council will continue to grant scholarships to students from member countries pursuing international post-graduate courses of study (Masters in olive growing and olive oil technology at the University of Córdoba in Spain and the University of Spoleto in Italy) and university specialisation courses; it will also award scholarships to PhD students. Additionally for 2011, it has decided to hold an international course and various national seminars and to run training courses for technical officers from IOC member countries. It also means to carry on with its programme to provide the services of experts for countries needing technical assistance.

When discussing research & development and environmental affairs, Members
noted that the activities of the Irrigaolivo project would continue. This programme for the development and dissemination of sustainable irrigation management in olive growing kicked off in Syria and Morocco in March 2010 on funding from the Common Fund for Commodities. They also noted the planned publication of a glossary of olive and olive oil terminology in 2011 in the five official languages of the IOC (Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish). In addition, they instructed the Executive Secretariat to draw up the terms of reference for a project to set up pilot olive nurseries to provide demonstrations and training aimed at improving the application of olive propagation techniques and they requested an evaluation to be undertaken of the activities of the world olive germplasm collection in Marrakech, Morocco.

by S. C.
06 december 2010, Technical Area > Olive & Oil