Oils that are considered virgin are the purest of olive oils and undergo little to zero processing, allowing the oils to maintain their distinct flavor, aroma, and health benefits.
Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) February 10, 2014
Tuscan olive oil producer Bellucci Premium comments on an article published by Olive Oil Times regarding various US olive oil import statistics, such as the drop in imports from Spain.
In an article published by Olive Oil Times on January 29th titled “Italy, Spain, Tunisia America’s Top Olive Oil Suppliers,” various US olive oil import statistics from 2013, reported by the International Olive Council (IOC), are discussed. One surprising statistic is that imports from Spain, the world’s largest olive oil exporter, dropped from 93,000 to 59,000 tons. The IOC believes this drop is due to a drought-induced 62% drop in Spanish olive oil production that lasted from 2012-2013.
The leading supplier of olive oil to the US, Italy, saw their exports fall about 10,000 tons. Although Spanish and Italian imports were down, Turkey’s imports “multiplied nine-fold.” Turkish exports to the US shot up from 3,152 tons in 2011-2012 to 28,729 tons in 2012-2013. Greece and Morocco also experienced an increase in exports to the US.
The vast majority of olive oil imports to the US, 64%, was in the virgin category while one-third was in the “olive oil” category and 4% was olive pomace oil.
Natalie Sexenian, the marketing manager for organic olive oil producer Bellucci Premium, says, “It is interesting to see oils in the virgin category increase and take over the market. Oils that are considered virgin are the purest of olive oils and undergo little to zero processing, allowing the oils to maintain their distinct flavor, aroma, and health benefits.”
Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.