Italica Olive Oil is distributed by Purcahse, New York-based Acesur DePrado North America's largest importers, packers and distributors of olive oil and olives (through the Tee Pee Olives unit.
With 188 million olive trees under cultivation, Spain is the largest producer of olives and olive oil in the world. Spain accounted for 36 percent of world production in 2005, followed by Italy with 25 percent and Greece with 18 percent. Spain's harvest in the current crop year is 823,000 tons, according to Asoliva, the Spanish association for olive oil producers and exporters. The spread of healthier eating habits in the United States is fueling olive oil sales. Figures from the International Olive Oil Council, which is based in Madrid, show that annual world consumption of olive oil has jumped to 2.8 million tons from 1.7 million tons in the last 15 years.
The exportation of Spain's olive oil has been an ongoing trade activity since the days of the Roman Empire. Italica Brand Olive Oil derives its name from the ancient Roman province of southern Spain called "Italica." Just as the Romans treasured the qualities of Spanish olive oil, so do the modern "Romans" who account for almost 60% of all Spanish exports of olive oil. Interestingly, much of the olive oil exported to the United States by Italy is re-packed Spanish olive oil.
Quality and innovation are a tradition nearly as old as the city of Italica itself.