News Briefs

Feb. 13, 2024

The Role of Gulls in Spreading Olive Seeds Across Balearic Islands

Gulls contributed to the long-distance spread of local olive seeds, facilitating the colonization and expansion of the variety

Feb. 5, 2024

Farmers Across Europe Protest High Costs, Reduced Subsidies

With one eye on European elections in June, some officials have proposed relaxing environmental requirements of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Jan. 30, 2024

Starbucks Expands Oleato Line to All U.S. Stores

The move comes as the company braces for the publication of disappointing economic data and one year after the line of beverages made its debut in Italy.

Jan. 29, 2024

Production in Spain Expected to Fall Short of Initial Estimates

Production estimates range from 680,000 to 755,000 tons for the 2023/24 crop year, below expectations at the start of the harvest.

Jan. 16, 2024

Spain Set to Eliminate Value-Added Tax on Olive Oil Sales

The tax cut is part of wider efforts to address the rising cost of living. The measure would eliminate VAT on olive oil until June 30th.

Jan. 15, 2024

Chickens Fed Olive Oil Are More Resilient to Environmental Stressors, Study Finds

Separate research has also found that olive oil consumption improves the health of chicken meat and eggs for human consumption.

Dec. 19, 2023

COP28 Climate Conference Concludes With Mixed Results

The world’s nations have agreed to move away from oil and other fossil fuels, however, without a clear commitment to completely phase out fossil fuels as an energy source.

Dec. 14, 2023

Farmers in Greece Call for Subsidies Amid Low Yields

A steep drop in production has led the country’s table olive and oil producers to protests, asking for financial aid of €200 per stremma to be granted to all olive farmers.

Dec. 13, 2023

An Olive Harvest Under Bombardment in Southern Lebanon

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has drawn in Hezbollah militants from Lebanon, threatening olive farmers and their livelihoods.

Dec. 12, 2023

Production Rebound Still Expected in France After Mixed Harvest

Production could rise to 4,400 tons, though some producers are seeing worse yields than last year.

Dec. 12, 2023

Role of Women in Sector Takes Center Stage at World Olive Day

Celebrated at the International Olive Council’s headquarters in Madrid, the event spotlighted the role women play in the olive sector.

Dec. 7, 2023

Police in Spain and Italy Uncover Olive Oil Fraud Ring

A Europol investigation led to the arrest of eleven accused of adulterating extra virgin olive oil with other products.

Dec. 3, 2023

2023 Is the Hottest Year on Record; 2024 Will Likely Be Hotter

The average global temperature in 2023 was 1.40 ºC above the pre-industrial average, with many olive-growing regions bearing the brunt of extreme heat.


Oct. 12, 2023

Researchers Identify Three Olive Varieties Resistant to Pervasive Fungus

Three cross breeds of Frantoio, Koroneiki and Arbosana olives resisted Verticillium dahlia in a controlled environment.

Oct. 11, 2023

Researchers Identify Olive Genes Associated with Fruit Weight

The findings could help growers select the most productive olive varieties. Next, they plan to look for genes associated with polyphenol production.

Oct. 11, 2023

Olive Growers in Madrid Benefit from CAP Funds

Officials in Madrid have released €8.5 million from the Common Agricultural Policy to promote traditional landscapes and biodiversity in the capital region.

Oct. 11, 2023

Olive Farmers Find Creative Ways to Beat Labor Shortages as Harvest Begins

A teacher in Italy allows students to miss class to help with the harvest. A Croatian man's one-year prison sentence was delayed to let him harvest the family grove.

Oct. 11, 2023

Morocco Bans Olive Oil Exports in Bid to Control Rising Prices

Officials say the ban will stem olive oil price increases in the country. It won't help elsewhere.

Oct. 3, 2023

Tunisian Producers Anticipate Production Rebound Despite Heat, Drought

Officials estimate olive oil production will be 200,000 to 220,000 tons as the harvest gets underway in Tunisia.

Oct. 3, 2023

Why Olive Oil Prices Are Higher in Spain

A combination of retail purchase schedules, consumer habits and tax rates explain why extra virgin olive oil costs more in Spain than in France, Italy or Portugal.

Sep. 28, 2023

Olive Oil Production Expected to Fall Below 1M Tons in Spain

Anticipation of a second-consecutive poor harvest in the world’s largest olive oil producer means prices are likely to keep rising.