The Four Major Vegetable Oils

Table 1 and Figure 1 show the production levels in 1994/95 through 2011/12 for the four major vegetable oils. Over this 18-year period production of these four oils together has increased by 78.6 million tonnes. This has come from palm oil (35.8 million tonnes), soybean oil (22.5 million tonnes), rapeseed oil (13.5 million tonnes) and sunflowerseed oil (6.8 million tonnes). The graph shows clearly how production of palm oil has exceeded that of soybean oil since 2004/05 and that these two oils are increasingly dominant among the vegetable oils.

Table 1

Figure 1

Figure 1. Production (million tonnes) for the four major vegetable oils (palm, soyabean, rapeseed, and sunflowerseed) in the 17 years between 1994/95 and 2010/11.