Further demonstrating that the Uruguay is well on its way to achieving its goal of producing 10 million liters annually by 2020.
According Daniel Davidovics, director of the Uruguayan Olive Oil Association (Asociación Olivícola Uruguaya) Per capita consumption in Uruguay has increased from 200 grams just a few years ago to 450 this year. Uruguay still a long way from the 12 or 13 liters per capita that you see in certain European countries, but the important thing is that we keep growing, that consumers keep learning about the diverse properties of olive oil and appreciate the excellent quality that Uruguay can produce.
National production is also increasing steadily. This year production volume hit approximately 700,000 liters, exceeding Asolur Vice President Alberto Peverelli’s earlier prediction of 550,000 liters. Davidovics says next year Uruguay should increase that figure by an additional 25 percent.
“We’re estimating that next year’s production of extra virgin olive oil will hit one million liters, the most we’ve ever had,” he said.
Uruguay’s industry has become increasingly mobilized in recent years, as evidenced by the 120 members that currently belong to the Uruguayan Olive Oil Association (Asolur). Asolur was instrumental in helping Uruguay become a member of the International Olive Council (IOC) this year, joining Argentina to become the second country representing South America. Reed more at OliveOilTimesUruguay’s olive oil industry has continued to grow this year,