Morocco has become one of the world’s major producers and exporters of olive oil, with an annual net production that exceeds 140, 000 tons.
Exporting over 45,000 tons of olive oil per year, Morocco has landed 5th in the list of world’s largest oil exporter after Spain, Tunisia, Italy and Greece, said the weekly Maroc Hebdo.
Morocco also ranks 5th in the list of the global olive oil producers. Morocco has doubled the net production in six years to 1.5+ million metric tons. It increased from 120,000 tons to 140,000 tons.
Morocco produced more table olives than Tunisia in 2012. Morocco produced 100 thousand tons while Tunisia 24 thousand tons, only.
The quality of the Moroccan olive oil attracted the attention of the European Union and the United States of America, which became Morocco’s key customers.
Olive oil is mostly exported in bulk from Morocco and Tunisia to Spain and Italy who further process it into virgin and extra-virgin olive oil and re-brand it as a product of Spain and Italy.
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