Africa and The Middle East
Morocco, Argentina Seek to Increase Olive Production
Plans are underway in both Morocco and Argentina to increase the output of olives and olive oil.
Police Say Smuggled Moroccan Olive Oil Found in ‘Toxic Goods’ Containers
Illegally imported Moroccan olive oil in containers labeled as containing toxic substances was found in a van headed for Barcelona.
South African Olive Oil Producers Seek Reforms
A new chapter for South African olive oil is taking shape with several major developments promising reform for the local industry.
Libya Hopes to Boost Olive Oil Exports
Libya is aiming to reduce its economic dependence on crude oil, and improve its export success in another kind.
Iran Produced 47,000 Tons of Olive in 2012
Iran produced about 28,000 tons of canned olives this year, while olive oil production stood at 3,200 tons.
Libya’s New Oil Comes from Pressing, Not Drilling
Libya aspires to establish itself as the new player in the olive oil industry and export its olive oil to Europe.
Producers in Lebanon Benefit from Reduced Syrian Imports
Olive farmers in Lebanon have achieved some advantage this year in the domestic market due to reduced imports from war-stricken Syria.
Hojiblanca Goes After Tough Iranian Market
Despite high entrance fees and strict bureaucratic regulations, the Hojiblanca group is stepping up promotional efforts in Iran.
Suspected Fraud Hits Major Israeli Supermarkets
Government officials raided two factories in northern Israel, pressuring Ramy Levi and Home Center to recall thousands of olive oil products allegedly containing lamp oil.
Syria Expects Record Olive Oil Production Amid Political Unrest
The Syrian Ministry of Agriculture has issued a statement announcing that favorable weather conditions are helping the olive harvest this season.
Boost for Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil
Canaan Fair Trade connects Palestinian producers with food lovers and socially and environmentally responsible communities around the world, said its founder Nasser Abufarha.
Oversupply Rocks Jordan Olive Oil Industry
Jordan's olive oil producers say traders are importing more than they are legally allowed causing a severe oversupply that has crippled the domestic industry.
Tunisia Eyes China for Share of Emerging Olive Oil Market
Most believe the key to the future success of the Tunisian oil industry will be to mind its reputation and focus on the quality of the olive oils it produces.