European Union

IOC Approves New Limits for Fatty Acids, Restoring ‘Extra Virgin’ Status to Southern Italian Varieties

The International Olive Oil Council approved new limits for fatty acids, allowing some varietals with unique chemical makeups to meet the parameters for the extra virgin grade.

Fire Devastates Ybarra’s Seville Facility

Almost half of the Seville based Ybarra factory was destroyed in a blaze that broke out Saturday afternoon. The company vowed to rebuild as soon as possible.
Special Report

Research Shows Leccino Less Susceptible to Xf

According to a new study, the Leccino olive variety appears to be ‘tolerant’ to the attack of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium that has wiped out large swaths of Italian olive-growing regions.

World’s Largest Olive Oil Producer Pledges ‘Higher Standards and Transparency’

After the recent judgement by the Italian Antitrust Authority, the producer of Bertolli, Carapelli and Carbonell launched a campaign promising consumers a commitment to higher quality.
Olive Oil Times Special

Olive Oil from Croatian Island of Krk Gets PDO

Bottles of extra virgin olive oil from Krk will now be labeled with its official appellation “Krčko maslinovo ulje” and its packaging will feature a specially designed logo.

Kyriakos Mamidakis, Award-Winning Olive Oil Producer, Dies

Mamidakis ran a large oil and gas company and produced an award-winning olive oil on his family's Estate on Crete.
Special Report

Milan to Host First World Conference on Mediterranean Diet

The aim of the two-day international conference is to “revitalize the Med Diet, from a healthy dietary pattern to a healthy Mediterranean sustainable lifestyle.”

Italian Antitrust Authority Fines Lidl, Deoleo and Coricelli for Misleading Consumers

The Italian Antitrust Authority imposed fines on the global discount supermarket chain Lidl and the world's largest olive oil producer for mislabeling olive oil.