Business 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. California Establishes Olive Oil Commission The California Olive Oil Commission would conduct research and recommend olive oil grades and labeling standards in the state. Olive Council Welcomes U.S. Report, But Queries Objectivity in Parts The IOC praised the U.S. International Trade Commission report but laments that "opinions as opposed to facts” are at times conveyed in it. Spain Expects Stronger Olive Oil Season Early estimates suggest Spain is set for a return to higher olive oil production in 2013/13 with a harvest well over a million tons. Trade Commission Releases Report on Year-Long Investigation into U.S. Olive Oil Competitiveness Olive oil producers, importers and marketers around the world are sifting document to try to gauge how it might affect their interests. © 2014 Olive Oil Times. All Rights Reserved.