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Olive oil production in Croatia hit a four-year high in the 2020/21 crop year. Producers also reported excellent quality, especially in Istria. However, the Covid-driven economic crisis has severely impacted domestic consumption. Meanwhile, both extra-European Union imports and exports hit record highs.

2020/2021 Croatia harvest report

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20Silver Award

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Croatia2021 Croatia harvest report

Olive oil production in Croatia rose to 4,600 tons in the 2020/21 crop year, the highest total since 2016/17 and the third consecutive year of growth. Producers reported favorable weather conditions and a low presence of the olive fruit fly, contributing to the production increase. Newly-planted groves entering maturity have also helped the tiny southern European nation boost its production. The Croatian agriculture minister has previously stated his ambition to triple the number of olive trees currently being grown. Along with increasing quantity, many producers also reported having an exceptionally high-quality harvest. However, the good fortune was not spread across the country uniformly, with producers on the Istrian peninsula, in the north of the country, faring better than their counterparts located on the southwestern coastline, including Dalmatia and some of the coastal islands. According to producers, the COVID-19 pandemic had little impact on the harvest, with many areas of the country having low infection levels during critical moments in the crop year. While production increased, domestic consumption dropped to 7,000 tons, down from 8,300 tons in the previous crop year and its overall joint-lowest level since 2014/15. Producers blamed the pandemic for the consumption decrease, with travel restriction severely hurting the tourism industry and the overall economic crisis driving down household incomes. Despite the decrease in domestic consumption, extra-European Union olive oil imports rose to a record-high 400 tons. Croatia generally never produces enough olive oil to meet domestic consumption. However, the trend of importing cheaper non-virgin olive oils to blend with local extra virgin olive oils has producers worried that those cheap imports and blends will soon outcompete them. This development has led to an increase in extra-European Union olive oil exports from Croatia, which hit a record-high 400 tons in the current crop year. Many producers are focussing on exporting their highest-quality extra virgin olive oils to the United States and East Asian countries.

2020/2021 Croatia Harvest by Numbers

4,600 Tons

Production

400 Tons

Imports

400 Tons

Exports

7,000 Tons

Consumption

Croatia Winners

Bozic UjeGold award

Bozic Uje

Al Torcio BlendSilver award

Al Torcio Blend

Selekcija BožićSilver award

Selekcija Božić

Villa Sianna RosignolaGold award

Villa Sianna Rosignola

Al Torcio BiancheraGold award

Al Torcio Bianchera

PriskaGold award

Priska

Insula ZontiGold award

Insula Zonti

Al Torcio LeccinoSilver award

Al Torcio Leccino

Radojković FormsGold award

Radojković Forms

Avistria Stari BuzaGold award

Avistria Stari Buza

Šoltansko Maslinovo Ulje BlendGold award

Šoltansko Maslinovo Ulje Blend

TurinelaGold award

Turinela

Plima OliveGold award

Plima Olive

Istriana Leccino Gold award

Istriana Leccino

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