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Producers across the country endured olive fruit fly infestations, torrential rain and hailstorms, all of which diminished the quantity of olives on the trees and impacted quality.

2023/2024 Greece harvest report

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30Silver Award

2024 NYIOOC Stats

Greece2024 Greece harvest report

Inclement weather and many olive groves entering an ‘off-year’ in the olive trees’ natural alternate bearing cycle resulted in Greece’s lowest harvest of the past decade. Farmers and millers yielded about 160,000 tons of olive oil in the 2023/24 crop year, 40 percent below the five-year average. Producers attributed the harvest decrease to extreme weather events, including hailstorms and heavy rain, along with an increased presence of pests and diseases, including the olive fruit fly and gloeosporium. Greece is Europe’s third-largest olive oil-producing nation, with olive groves featuring prominently in the country’s mountainous islands and peninsulas as well as in the rolling plains of the mainland. The Aegean island of Crete is the largest producing region, responsible for about one-third of the country's olive oil output. The Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece is the main producing region on the mainland. However, olives grow across the Greek mainland and its hundreds of inhabited islands. Greece is renowned for its diverse olive varieties. The most common are Koroneiki and Kalamata. However, Lianelia, Makri, Manaki, Olympia and Tsounati olives are also widely grown. While Greek bulk olive oil exports help Italian and Spanish bottlers meet their annual export quota, the government is also working to promote individually packaged extra virgin olive oil with Geographical Indicators via bilateral and European-wide trade deals. Among the challenges facing Greek farmers are increasingly intense bouts of drought, powerful storms, and unusually high winter temperatures, all of which are seen as the impacts of climate change. Find out more about the latest developments in the Greek olive oil sector here.

2023/2024 Greece Harvest by Numbers

160K Tons

Production

30K Tons

Extra EU Exports

80K Tons

Consumption

Greece Winners

KosterinaSilver award

Kosterina

Little Gypsy Farms High Mountain OrganicSilver award

Little Gypsy Farms High Mountain Organic

Gaea FreshGold award

Gaea Fresh

Kallas Natural Products  Silver award

Kallas Natural Products

Monogram Premium OrganicSilver award

Monogram Premium Organic

Green Diamond SuperiorSilver award

Green Diamond Superior

Mythocia Olympia PGIGold award

Mythocia Olympia PGI

Gaea Planet OrganicSilver award

Gaea Planet Organic

Laconian LegacySilver award

Laconian Legacy

LaconikoGold award

Laconiko

Laconiko ZOIGold award

Laconiko ZOI

Dimitri UnfilteredSilver award

Dimitri Unfiltered

Myths of Ancient Olympia KoroneikiSilver award

Myths of Ancient Olympia Koroneiki

Renieris Estate Chania Kritis PGISilver award

Renieris Estate Chania Kritis PGI

Laurel & Flame FreshGold award

Laurel & Flame Fresh

Acaia OrganicSilver award

Acaia Organic

Cretan HarvestSilver award

Cretan Harvest

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