Messinian Olive Oil Leads Greek Olive Oil Production

olive oilThe prefecture of Messinia has been declared the leading Greek prefecture in olive oil production. Thirty-eight percent of this year’s olive oil production in Greece came from Messinia, especially in a problematic period for the Greek olive oil industry.

“Only this year has Messinia produced 38,000 tons of olive oil when the total olive oil production in Greece was about 100,000 tons.” said the president of the Panmessinian Association of Olive Oil Producers, Antonis Korakakis.

He also stressed that this year, total Greek production decreased by 35 percent as compared to previous years, considering the weather and other natural conditions destroyed the crops and affected the production. “Messinia ranked first because it was less affected by the problems. Conversely, in Crete and in Northern Greece the production decreased by 80 to 90 percent,” Korakakis explained.

As far as olive oil price is concerned, this year the producers are selling each kilogram of olive oil for 2.70 euros compared to 2.80 euros last year.

Furthermore, he pointed out that the producers should always try to standardize their oil and promote it to the markets in order to earn more money and thrive.


  • Polycrates

    The view of EU “food police” is there is a lot of saturated fat in olive oil. Faced with lower crop yields from the drought, escalating property taxes for farmers, fuel prices, transportation costs, consumers scaling back and now the prospects for a FAT TAX, Greece’s last great export crop is under considerable pressure. The last and final crop for many farmers giving up their occupation is planting houses where vineyards and olive groves once stood. What a sad legacy to see the pride of ancient and modern Greece wither away or be cut for firewood.