Turkish Olive Oil Industry is the second largest olive cultivator in the world and is also is among the top five countries in olive oil production. Turkey is one of the producing countries that have embarked on an aggressive marketing campaign in the Asian region for the promotion of its unique olive oil.
170 million olive trees,
220.000 metric tons olive oil production in “on years”
450.000 metric tons table olive production in “on years”
400.000 Turkish families work in olive and olive oil production
More than 500 continuous olive oil extraction mills
Sufficient refinery and retail packing plants using the most modern Technologies,
State and private laboratories for the quality controls, which assure consistency with the international standards
Table olives exports: 72 thousand metric tons per annum
Olive oil exports: 20 thousand metric tons per annum (in “on” years)
Today, Turkey exports olive oil to the more than 90 countries such as USA, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, U.A.E. and very few countries are left that have not experienced the excellent taste and fragrance of Turkish olive oil.
Edible olives are exported to 65 countries on average, including pre-eminently Romania, Bulgaria, USA, Germany, Iraq.
TURKEY, UPWARD TREND IN THE PRICE OF OLIVES
The decreased production of olives in the Mediterranean Countries in 2013 will bring benefits to producers in Turkey, according to the Chamber of Agriculture of Aydin, an important area for the production of olives near Izmir.
Turkish producers are relieved considering that the season started badly. Prices were so low, below the production costs, that growers had decided to avoid to pick the olives.
However, the price has significantly increased, almost 40% at the moment, and is estimated to continue or even grow more in the coming months.
It should be noted that in the last five years the Turkish producers of olives and olive oil have gone through a difficult period.
International Olive Oil Consul
Turkey Promotional Committee for Olive and Olive Oil