30 May

No recession for Olive Oil in UK

Britons with a taste for Mediterranean-style cooking are spending record amounts on olive oil.

Sales have topped £150million a year for the first time. That is double the amount sold eight years ago and significantly more than the £90million spent on vegetable oil.

Growing evidence of the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet is behind the trend. Experts say olive oil is low in harmful saturated fat and can protect against heart attacks, strokes and cancer.

Half of UK homes now use olive oil compared with just 35 per cent in 2001, data from market analysts Nielsen shows.

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