Condiments and seasoning market in Europe - Statistics and Facts
The vast majority of European oils, margarines and sauces produced in 2016 came from Italy. That year, Italy counted nearly 4,300 companies producing such products, more than twice as much as Europe’s second-largest producer Spain (1,681 companies) and almost ten times as much as number three, Portugal (448 companies). Furthermore, next to all its companies producing oils, margarine and sauces, Italy was also home to approximately 300 companies specializing in manufacturing condiments and seasoning. In comparison, in the United Kingdom there were 185 enterprises producing condiments and seasoning.
The Spanish are not just producers, but also keen consumers of oils. In 2015, Spanish households consumed nearly 375 million liters of olive oil, roughly 140 million liters of sunflower oil and 46 million liters of other oils. Per capita, this amounted to 8.2 liters of olive oil, 3.1 liters of sunflower oil, and 1 liter of other oils. In comparison: Germans consumed 3.3 kilos of margarine per capita in 2014, and 11.2 kilos of cooking oils, including olive oil. The total consumption of olive oil in Italy in 2016/2017 amounted to approximately 560,000 tons.
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