Business Quality Seal Sought to Protect Image of Spanish Olive Oil Supporters say a proposed quality seal will help protect Spanish olive oil from “smear campaigns" by new producer countries. Catalan Competition Authority Considers Investigation Into Price Manipulation Growers’ claims that abusive behavior in the olive oil sector is artificially driving down ex-mill prices may be investigated. What an Olive Oil Brand Needs to ‘Make it Big’ in the U.S. Maria Reyes, category manager for one of the largest distributors, says it takes time, and money to break into the U.S. mass market. Copa Cogeca and Italy’s Traceability Achievement Copa-Cogeca held an event at the European Parliament to highlight the benefits of olive oil and ensure consumers are better informed. Spanish Olive Oil Exploring Other Worlds Its world-wide renown is on the increase and, in recent years, in emerging markets such as China and Brazil it has become far stronger. World Olive Oil Consumption Slips, Production Rebounds Global olive oil production should bounce back to about 3 million tons this season - up a fifth on 2012/13, according to a provisional forecast from the International Olive Council (IOC). Organic Olive Oil Leads Category in Germany German consumers are demanding more information on the qualities, and origins of olive oils, according to Spain’s ICEX. Hojiblanca Group Renamed Dcoop Spain’s giant Hojiblanca Cooperative Group -- the world’s biggest producer of extra virgin olive oil -- was renamed after a merger. Finding Success Exporting Greek Olive Oil Oliver Frick focuses on Germany. "I believe there is a nice connection, and Germans continue to appreciate Greek extra-virgin olive oil.” Greeks Respond to Calls for New Tests for Olive Oil Quality We asked three prominent Greeks how they view the proposed adoption of new testing methods for extra virgin olive oils. Spain Speculates on American Takeover of Deoleo Agribusiness and food giants Cargill and Bunge are rumored to be considering a takeover of the world’s biggest olive oil distributor. U.S. Launches Coordinated Strikes on E.U. Olive Oil Strongholds from Washington and Sacramento It might not have been the offensive many were expecting over the past few weeks, though it was carefully targeted. © 2014 Olive Oil Times. All Rights Reserved.