The DOP Siurana forecasts a 10% rise in the price of olive oil

The Siurana Protected Designation of Origin (PDO Siurana) expects to close the olive campaign with a production of three million kilos of oil, a figure much lower than the average for the designation of origin, which is above five million of kilos

This represents 45% less production of that product. But according to the president of the Regulatory Council of the Siurana PDO, Antoni Galceran, production "is not something that affects quality."

Galceran affirmed that this decrease has several reasons. The main ones have been the high temperatures and prolonged droughts in recent months. That is why the forecast made by the Siurana DOP for the harvest is one of the lowest. "We had spent many years where the harvest was not so low," said Galceran.

The product will be worth 10% more

Due to this, olive oil producers forecast a 10% price increase. It is affected, in part, by the little harvest this year, which makes less product available, but the height of the prices to produce has also had a great influence.

"It's not just because of the imbalance between supply and demand, it's above all because of the increase in production costs," Galceran explained.

All the materials necessary for farmers, such as fertilizers or diesel, and the materials for packaging and labeling bottles such as plastic, glass or cardboard have seen their price increase.

According to the president of the PDO Siurana, this increase in the price of oil is "moderate and responsible" and will not "compensate" the producers. For them it will not be a "good year", although the oil is "more expensive". "We must seek balance, we could not afford not to raise the price because then it would not be profitable for the farmer," he said.

Cook Ada Parellada is the godmother of this harvest of

the Siurana PDO

The presentation of the new oil took place yesterday in Valls, where the godmother of this year's harvest was also announced: the cook and Creu de Sant Jordi 2016, Ada Parellada. The chef of the Semproniana Restaurant in Barcelona, ​​​​who has become the sixth godmother of this entity, affirmed that being one is a "responsibility" to defend and militate with the local product and the values ​​of sustainable food.

"As restaurateurs we have this opportunity to spread and transmit all that effort behind each local product with our dishes and flavors," Parellada stressed.

He also expressed concern about the emergency suffered by local producers throughout the country and appealed to the responsibility of consumers to support local food.

The harvest of the olives has been advanced up to two weeks due to the high temperature

«We have the opportunity to save the world three times a day, and with oil I would dare to say five, because we can include the mid-morning snack and sandwich». «Every time you fill the basket with products you are choosing what environment you want”, added the cook.

After the appointment of Ada Parellada as godmother of the 2022-2023 harvest, a few olives were collected with the participation of members of the sector and cooperatives and a tasting of the new extra virgin Arbequina olive oil was carried out.

An advanced harvest

Although most of the olives are already harvested at the beginning of November, it is not very usual to do so at this time. This is a factor that has also affected the production of olive oil in recent years and is mainly due to the climate emergency.

The general rise in temperature has caused the flowering and ripening of the olives to advance, and, therefore, the harvest also has to be done earlier. The frosts in the month of April in some inland areas also greatly affected the fruit.

Antoni Galceran commented that the olive harvest is now advancing a couple of weeks: "It was very common to always start in November and today it is starting at the end of October, and even in some very early oils in mid-October" .

Despite the results of this year's olive campaign, Galceran also warned about the difficulties that the peasant sector will have to overcome, not only the increase in production costs and the effects of climate change, but also the lack of generational relief.

The representative of the entity recalled that the PDO Siurana is the largest in Catalonia and the one that produces the most. It currently has 5,550 producers and 34 associated entities. There are nearly 200 authorized brands in the Siurana PDO spread over six counties.

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