News Briefs

May. 23, 2023

Researchers Investigate Role of Bioactive Compounds in Neurodegenerative Diseases

The researchers focused on studies investigating the flavonoids, polyphenols and other phenolic compounds found in extra virgin olive oil and the Mediterranean diet.

May. 23, 2023

Backyard Growers Create Prize-Winning Olive Oil in Australia

Two Australian organizations are working to prevent olives growing in Melbourne from going to waste by milling combined batches and returning the oil to the community.

May. 16, 2023

Croatian Farmers Maintain Groves for Ailing Peers

The charitable work of the olive growers comes shortly after a local even raised money for a cancer hospital and those in need.

May. 15, 2023

Smart Labels on Display at Italian Food Show

One of Italy’s premier food fairs highlighted tracking technologies to promote traceability and prevent fraud.

May. 8, 2023

AI Tool for Olive Farmers Will Improve Yields, Reduce Costs, Researchers Say

Citoliva, an Andalusia-based nonprofit, is developing an AI-based predictive model to determine the ideal moment while minimizing input costs.

May. 3, 2023

Croatian Celebrities Awarded at Local Olive Oil Quality Contest

The success in Zadar has even inspired a former Eurovision Song Contest winner to consider entering the 2024 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

Mar. 28, 2023

PDO and PGI Producers Celebrated at Ercole Olivario

Lazio, Sardinia and Sicily were the most awarded regions, with three prizes each, followed by Campania, Puglia and Tuscany, with one prize each.

Mar. 27, 2023

Med Diet More Effective in Obesity Prevention than Other Diets, Study Finds

The literature review found that the conviviality of the Mediterranean diet and its focus on consuming healthy fats help make it more effective than low-fat diets.

Mar. 27, 2023

Olive Oil Sales Slump in Spain, Production Forecasts Again Revised Downward

Spain will produce 680,000 tons of olive oil in the 2022/23 crop year, the lowest total in a decade. Sales domestically have also decreased compared to last year.

Mar. 20, 2023

16 Arrested as Police Uncover Network of Olive Thieves Outside Madrid

Spain’s Guardia Civil seized 6,000 liters of olive oil likely made from stolen olives.

Feb. 21, 2023

Andalusia Authorities Release Data on 2021/22 Season

New data shows a higher than average olive oil yield in Andalusia, with significant growth in olive farmland and a return to normal in olive oil consumption.

Feb. 15, 2023

Spain’s Sea of Olives UNESCO Application Moves Forward

Nearly 140,000 hectares of privately- owned land will be excluded in a catalog, which was a sticking point for environmental lawyers and agricultural unions.

Feb. 15, 2023

Andalusia Expand Efforts to Reduce CO2, Promote Biodiversity

The Andalusian government has partnered with SEO/BirdLife to reduce the region's carbon footprint by expanding the Olivares Vivos project.


Feb. 4, 2023

Europe Launches Initiative to Save Pollinators

The newly-proposed strategy aims at stopping the decline in pollinators by creating a ban on some pesticides and passing new agricultural measures.

Feb. 2, 2023

Spanish Olive Oil Sales Increase in China

New data shows Spanish olive oil sales increased significantly in China during the 2021/22 crop year.

Feb. 2, 2023

Tuscan Landfill Gives Away Olive Trees to Compensate for Carbon Emissions

A public waste company in Tuscany will support the planting of 245,000 olive trees to compensate for its CO2 emissions.

Feb. 2, 2023

Earth’s Ozone Layer Expected to Completely Rebound by 2040, Report Finds

A Unite Nations assessment finds that the ozone layer should be restored to 1980 levels by 2040.

Feb. 2, 2023

Andalusian Government Requests CAP Changes for Olive Growers

Authorities are asking for changes to the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy to remove economic burdens from olive and organic farmers.

Jan. 31, 2023

Morocco's Olive Oil Exports Reach Record Levels as Domestic Prices Rise

The latest trade data shows significant growth in Moroccan olive oil exports, but low production has raised prices domestically.

Jan. 31, 2023

Spanish Co. Introduces Vegan Cheese Made With Olive Oil

Väcka uses melon seed milk and extra virgin olive oil instead of coconut oil and fermented almond milk in two new vegan cheese products.

Jan. 30, 2023

Andalusian Farmland Will Be Monitored from Space

A nanosatellite will provide local farmers with data about agriculture's effect on the regional environment.