News Briefs

Jul. 5, 2022

Greek Producers Reject Restrictions on Use of 'Kalamata’ on Table Olives

According to the interprofessional, producers of Kalamata olives outside of Messenia will suffer “immeasurable damage” as a result of the restrictions.

Jul. 5, 2022

Italy’s Farmhouses Enjoy a Post-Pandemic Boom

A new study found that more than seven in 10 Italians plan to visit a local farmhouse this summer.

Jun. 27, 2022

Riccardo Cassetta Elected as Assitol President

The Italian Association of the Edible Oil Industry also elected several vice-presidents and new board members.

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Jun. 17, 2022

Brussels Wants at Least €53B for European Agriculture in 2023

The funding will be used to mitigate the impacts of the global food security crisis, invest in sustainable agriculture and prevent environmental degradation.

Jun. 17, 2022

Italy and Brazil Shine at 7th EVO-IOOC in Campi Flegrei

Organizers of the event said quality continues to improve each year, with nearly one-quarter of submissions certified organic and 15 percent with protected status.

Jun. 15, 2022

Researchers Identify Compounds to Stem the Spread of Verticillium Wilt

In a controlled experiment, researchers from the University of Córdoba reduced the development of the disease by 70 percent.

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May. 24, 2022

Anna Cane Re-Elected as President of Assitol’s Olive Oil Group

Cane said she would dedicate her third term as president to olive oil research and better educating the public about extra virgin olive oil.

May. 23, 2022

Global Olive Oil Production Expected to Slip to 2.9M Tons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects olive oil consumption, exports, imports and ensign stocks to decrease as well.

May. 23, 2022

Study Reveals Impacts of Climate Change on Spanish Olive Sector

A global temperature increase of 1.5 ºC above pre-industrial averages would decrease the amount of land suitable for certain olive varieties and production in Andalusia.

May. 23, 2022

Entries Open for 6th Ranieri Filo Della Torre Literary Prize

The fifth Ranieri Filo della Torre literary prize ended with high participation and demonstrated the growing interest in olive oil culture.

May. 18, 2022

WMO: Next Five Years Will Be Hotter than The Last Five

With the prospect of global temperatures exceeding the 1.5 °C threshold, major olive farming regions can expect less precipitation.

May. 16, 2022

Rising Prices Contribute to Spike in Olive Thefts in Jaén

The increase in thefts, which mainly involve criminal organizations stealing harvested olives from the field or the mills, was largely attributed to rising prices.

May. 11, 2022

New Rules for Tunisian Olive Oil Exports to Europe

Tunisian producers who hope to qualify for the E.U.’s duty-free quota must provide details about their shipments and obtain permission from the agricultural ministry.

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Apr. 6, 2022

As Most Consumers Find Ways to Cut Costs, Olive Oil Consumption Trends Higher

One survey suggests people are consuming less and looking for cheaper alternatives. However, sustainability and the environment remain relevant values for consumers.

Apr. 6, 2022

Rising Sunflower Oil Prices Present Opportunities and Challenges in Spain

Some industry officials believe the country’s surplus of olive oil will alleviate the rising prices of sunflower oil.

Apr. 5, 2022

Italy Earmarks  €100 Million to Upgrade Its Olive Mills

The funds will be used to improve quality and energy efficiency by upgrading milling equipment. Money will also be provided for renewable energy projects.

Mar. 31, 2022

Ercole Olivario Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Introduces Oleotourism Award

Producers from Sardinia, Lazio and Puglia competed at the 2022 Ercole Olivario where a new award for promoting tourism was introduced.

Mar. 31, 2022

Some Effects of Climate Change Are Already Irreversible, U.N. Warns

More than three billion people are being pushed beyond their ability to adapt, the report warned. However, there is still time to prevent the worst-case scenarios.

Mar. 31, 2022

Italian Olive Oil Producer Plans New U.S. Facility

Certified Origins, which produces the Bellucci brand, is investing $25 million in a new facility to blend, bottle, package and distribute its oils in Virginia.

Mar. 29, 2022

Unilever Bets on Blockchain Tech for Deforestation-Free Certified Palm Oil

The food giant’s use of blockchain may benefit small farmers growing palm fruit sustainably and prevent deforestation of more of Southeast Asia’s tropical forests.

Mar. 29, 2022

Umbrian Villages Steeped in Olive Oil Culture Promote New Tourism Initiative

Local olive varieties have been planted along a route that connects several villages steeped in olive oil-producing tradition.

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