Making Olive Oil Star Fine Foods Launches California-Grown EVOO Star, a division of Spanish food giant Borges Mediterranean Group, has launched its first grown-in-California olive oil -- using a blend of Arbequina, Arbosana, and Koroneiki olives grown in the Central Valley. For French Olive Oil Producers, Less is More Olive oil production in France is tiny compared to its neighbors and there's a "problem with notoriety." Jean Benoit Hugues shares what the interprofessional association Afidol plans to do about lifting the profile, and sales, of French olive oil. South African Olive Oil Goes Wild When you run down the list of emerging olive oil producing countries don't forget South Africa, with its growing production of quality olive oils and ever more appreciative consumers. Olive Oil Producers Go Mobile in California Rambling along California roads and highways to the rhythm of the olive harvest, North America’s only two mobile mills work their way up the coast, making many stops along the way. Another Olive Production Project in India Following the success in Rajasthan, the government of Gujarat has funded a pilot project to grow olive trees in the state in an effort to transform the fortunes of local farmers. Athens Hosts Eleotechnia Mediterranean Exhibition of Olive and Olive Oil Over one hundred companies focused on olive oil and edible olive production in Greece gathered at the Eleotechnia Mediterranean Exhibition of Olive and Olive Oil in Athens. Olive Farming Blooms in India’s Desert State Gideon Peleg is the Israeli technical manager overseeing olive cultivation in Rajasthan. The first commercial yield from the Indo-Israel joint venture is expected this year. Rise in Tourism Forces Upgrades in Greek Olive Oil Mills Olive oil producers in Messinia are being forced to change to two-phase production systems and to stop disposing organic matter along the region's famous coastline. In Lucca, Biodynamic and Organic Farming Make a Bit of Magic Giuseppe Ferrua hand-picks his olives at just the right day of the lunar cycle to maximize the amount of liquid they contain. “Some people say we’re witches.” Lack of Farm Workers in Argentina Weakens Vulnerable Olive Oil Industry Cultivation in Cuyo is expected to grow 40 percent, but half of this green gold will never make it to store shelves. There are simply not enough workers to harvest the olives. Heavy Rains and High Hopes for Australian Olive Oil This Season Even with heavy rains, cooler temperatures are likely to improve the fatty acid profiles and intensity of most organoleptic attributes, according to Leandro Ravetti of Modern Olives. Andalusia Conference on the Future of Traditional Olive Oil Production Representatives from Spain’s Ministry of Rural and Marine Environment (MARM) met in Jaén this week to discuss the many challenges facing the country’s traditional olive oil industry. © 2014 Olive Oil Times. All Rights Reserved.