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World lavender leader

World lavender leader

Who knew? Bulgaria has overtaken France to become the world's top producer of lavender oil.

France itself now purchases 80 - 90% of Bulgaria's output.

Lavender oil is used in the perfume and cosmetics industry and in medicine.

France and Bulgaria together account for nearly 75% of the world's lavender oil output, but France lost 50 percent of its crops between 2005 and 2010 due to a noxious bacteria.

Last year France distilled 25-30 tonnes of lavender oil, while Bulgaria's output was 45 tonnes.

In 2012 lavender oil traded at a record high of ?100 per kg.

The biggest importers are France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and USA.

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