Annual olive oil per capita consumption in Spain 2019, by type and region

Galicia led the list of consumers of regular olive oil with over 6.9 liters per capita, whereas Cantabria featured the highest intake of extra virgin olive oil at 5.34 liters in 2018. Although an indispensable ingredient in the Spanish cuisine, olive oil consumption can vary greatly across the Mediterranean country’s regions depending on the preferred oil type. Olive oil consumption experienced a downward trend during the last years, with the average person intaking 7.71 kilograms of the golden liquid in 2019 from 9.7 kilograms in 2010.

Spain: paradise for olive oil lovers and the olive oil business

Aceites del Sur-Coosur S.A, ACESUR, was the company that most produced bottled olive oil in 2018. Of the 3.26 million metric tons produced worldwide in 2018, Spain contributed to 1.25 million metric tons, which accounts for over 38 percent of the total global production of olive oil. The exports of olive oil registered a record high in 2017, reaching values of over 3.9 billion euros.

Supermarkets the preferred place to buy olive oil

In terms of expenditure, Spaniards spent on average three euros on their olive oil – although the price can vary greatly depending on the distribution channel, with hypermarkets featuring the cheapest olive oil price per liter in 2018. Nationwide, the average Spaniard shopped for olive oil at supermarkets in 2018, with nearly 50 percent of olive consumer in this country choosing this distribution channel over other stores.

Volume of olive oil consumed per capita in Spain in 2019, by autonomous community and type

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The data can be found in the section "Vegetable oils and fats".

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