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Jan. 11, 2021

Domestic Olive Oil Market Improves in Spain

Increasing sales at home have overshadowed a slight dip in exports in the first two months of the current crop year.

Jan. 6, 2021

Mediterranean Diet Tops Annual List for Fourth Consecutive Year

The U.S. News and World Report named the Mediterranean diet as the best overall diet for 2021. The eating plan was also recognized as the best plant-based diet and a top option for heart health and diabetes.

Dec. 31, 2020

Uruguay Expects a Better Harvest Following a Disastrous One

Production is expected to rebound after a dismal harvest last year, but will not quite reach the highs of the 2018/19 crop.

Dec. 30, 2020

Consumption, Exports of Italian PDOs and PGIs Keep Growing

A survey shows that exports and consumption of Italian extra virgin olive oils with geographical indications grew steadily over five years.

Dec. 29, 2020

Spain Seeks New Technology for Olive Oil Quality Testing

Spain’s central government is working with local authorities and members of the olive oil sector to improve olive oil testing and quality standards.

Dec. 28, 2020

Olive Leaves Have Higher Levels of Phenols in the Summer, Research Shows

Summer harvesting might provide the best results for the growing number of farmers and companies investing in olive leaf-derived products.

Dec. 2, 2020

MedDiet Better for Stress Management, Study Finds

Researchers in the U.S. found that the Mediterranean diet can play a significant role in coping with stress compared to a diet containing more animal protein and saturated fat.

Dec. 1, 2020

Producers Transform Olives from Monumental Trees into Medicine on Crete

Along with producing award-winning extra virgin olive oil from their centuries-old trees, Eftihis Androulakis and Michalis Marakas are making inroads into the food supplement business. Their high-phenolic olive oils are being prescribed doctors in Belgium.

Nov. 20, 2020

Olive Oil Times Awarded for News Coverage by Italian Agriculture Group

The president of the Italian Confederation of Farmers recognized Olive Oil Times for its “fundamental role” in reporting on the sector.

Nov. 18, 2020

Covid Relief Program Could Also Help Italy's Olive Oil Storage Problem

Producers in Italy warn that storage facilities are filling up quickly just weeks into the harvest. Low demand from the restaurant and hospitality sector has caused the backlog.

Nov. 11, 2020

Olive Oil Consumption in Spain Increased During State of Emergency

Olive oil consumption was 20 percent higher during the four-month-long state of alarm than it was before or after the emergency declaration, a government report found.

Nov. 9, 2020

Italy’s New Lockdown Hits Olive Oil Sector, Again

New COVID containment measures threaten the rise in domestic olive oil consumption that has buoyed the sector.

Nov. 5, 2020

Polyphenols Found in Olive Oil Could Be Key Ingredient for Improving Food Safety

Researchers say olive oil rich in polyphenols could become a food additive ingredient for improving food safety and increasing protection for humans and livestock.

Sep. 16, 2020

Xylella Fastidiosa Arrives in Third French Region

Authorities have implemented containment protocols after discovering an infected lavender plant at a gardening store in Occitanie. The southern region is home to about one-quarter of France’s olive oil production.

Sep. 8, 2020

Ancient Olive Mill Transformed Into ‘Solidarity Kitchen’ on Lesbos

Situated above the massive Moria refugee camp on the eastern Greek isle, volunteers have turned an old oil mill into an impromptu community kitchen and are helping to provide 1,000 meals each day.

Sep. 8, 2020

Authorities Investigate New Olive Tree Pathogen in Northeast Italy

The Venetian regional government has teamed up with farmers and researchers to find the cause of an ongoing outbreak

Sep. 8, 2020

Reforming Food Systems Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change, Report Finds

In the fight to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 ºC (3.6 ºF) above pre-industrial levels, policy makers will need to focus on adapting their food systems to be more plant-based and sustainable, according to the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund.

Sep. 4, 2020

Imports Rise in Spain as Big Brands Work Around U.S. Tariffs

Spanish companies are re-exporting more oils from Portugal and Tunisia to the U.S. to bypass tariffs.

Sep. 2, 2020

Adherence to MedDiet Reduces Risk of Contracting Symptoms Associated With Parkinson’s, Study Finds

Researchers at Harvard University found that diets rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts decreased the manifestations of prodromal symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease by as much as one-third.

Sep. 1, 2020

Scientists Want a 'Climate Label' Added to Europe's Nuti-Score

The influential scientific advisory board, WBAE, has asked the German government to do more for sustainability by introducing specific labels on products based on their carbon footprint.

Aug. 31, 2020

E.U. Trade Commissioner Steps Down After Breaking Covid Rules

In an uncommon occasion in European politics, Phil Hogan has left his post as agriculture commissioner over the Golfgate scandal.

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