King Felipe VI (centre), together with Junta's head Juanma Moreno (left), this Wednesday, in Jaén. / CASA REAL

King Felipe VI supports the Spanish olive sector on a visit to Andalucía

The monarch opened the Expoliva international fair in the region, with the participation of a dozen countries and almost 270 exhibitors


King Felipe VI has shown his support for the Spanish olive sector, and in particular that of Jaén and Andalucía, with his presence at the opening of the twentieth edition of Expoliva, the International Olive Oil and Related Industries Fair, which will run until 25 September in Jaén.

The event involves the the participation of a dozen countries and almost 270 exhibitors.

It was around 11am when the monarch arrived at the exhibition and conference centre in Jaén where he was greeted by the mayor of the city, Julio Millán, the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, and the president of the Diputación de Jaén, Francisco Reyes.

Inside, the king unveiled a plaque before he began a tour of some of the 266 exhibitors spread over more than 13,300 square metres of floor space.

One of the first stands he stopped at was that of the Diputación de Jaén where was given a Jaén Selección 2021 oil. He also visited the stand of the three protected denominations of origin of olive oil that the province of Jaén has.

Normally, the fair is held every two years in the month of May but this year, due to the pandemic, it had to be moved to September.