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Olive Oil Is Becoming A Luxury
We're about to suffer a looming worldwide olive oil crisis as poor harvests cut yields (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 237)
Feb 15, 2017 Style & Living
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The olive oil shortage is coming, says Walter Zanre, boss of Fillippo Berio UK, the nation's best-selling olive oil brand, and it will be much worse than anyone realises.

"Look at these numbers," he says, spreading out sheets of data on olive harvests around the world. "2017 will be very bad for olive oil." In Spain, an unusually hot and dry summer just led to the worst harvest in nearly 20 years. In Italy, unseasonably hot and humid temperatures have attracted fruit files and bacteria, damaging olive tree groves. Farmers say their yields will be cut in half this year. In Greece, a heat wave could cost growers more than a quarter of their crop. In Spain's most fertile regions excessive heat has decimated its harvest.

And things are only going to get worse, with experts predicting a worldwide shortage over the next couple of months, sending prices skyrocketing around the globe. Overall, global production is set to fall about 8 percent overall.

British consumers may soon be forced to pay up to a third more to get their hands on extra virgin olive oil, Zanre warns, especially if the pound and the euro reach parity once more. Between the bad harvest and ongoing currency volatility around the world, it's a bad time to be in olive oil, he admits. "We've been forced to go from people who make and bottle olive to currency speculators," Zanre says.

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