Unites States is at the second rank in Turkey’s olive oil exportation, following Spain
According to archeological records, the oldest production facility of olive oil on the world goes back to 6th century B.C. , located in Klazomenai antique city in Urla, İzmir. Turkey is the motherland of olive and olive oil, where Turkish Natural Extra Virgin Olive Oil is prepared through thousands years of experience and tradition. Olives are squeezed and arrive at our tables without any chemical processing. Thus, it is a natural fruit juice. Turkish Olive oil is indispensable in our kitchens with its taste and place in healthy nutrition. It is the natural guard of our body with the vitamins A, D, E and K it consists of. Olive and olive oil are taken from the “immortal tree” as called in Anatolia, have a preserving effect on liver, red blood cells, and the brain. It reduces the cancer risk with the unsaturated fats it has. It helps maintain the mental health, and is valuable for the skin and hair. The most healthy elderliness around the world are observed in the Mediterranean and Aegean Region, that is mostly linked to the consumption of olive oil. Turkey is at the second rank in the world for table olives, following Spain, and is among the first 5 countries on olive oil export.
During the first 8 months of the current 2016 – 2017 season, Turkey’s table olive export was realized as 43,000 tons and 81 million USD. On the other hand the olive oil export for the first 7 months of the same period was increased by a record figure of 417%, compared to the previous year and reached 28,000 tons and an income of 107 million USD. Unites States is at the second rank in our olive oil export following Spain, and the export quantity increased by 1276% compared to the previous period and reached 7,700tons and 28.5 million USD.
Turkey’s 2023 target is 650,000 tons olive oil and 1,200,000 tons table olives production. Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters’ Association has been working nonstop for the development of the sector, since they were founded at 1940.