In terms of consumption per capita, the Greeks set a shining example, with an average of more than 24 liters/person/year (we’re convinced Greeks are literally bathing in olive oil!!) The next runners up are the Spanish and Italians, who use an average of about 15 and 13 liters/person/year, respectively. When compared to North American averages, about 1 liter for Americans and 1.5 liters for Canadians, it is easy to see that the growth potential here is enormous.
However, in terms of consumption by country, the United States is actually the third largest consumer of olive oil in the world, consuming about 9% of global olive oil production. This is still small compared to Italy (21%) and Spain (19%), but is just ahead of the olive-oil-loving Greeks, who despite such high consumption per capita, account for about 7% of total global consumption.