News Briefs

Feb. 17, 2020

Bill Aims to Protect 'Made in California' Brand

A proposed bill would prevent consumers from being misled into buying 'California' olive oils that are actually from somewhere else.

Feb. 17, 2020

No New US Tariffs on Spanish Olive Oil Imports

The United States Trade Representative decided not to add new tariffs to Spanish packaged and bulk olive oil imports. The USTR will revise the list once again in August.

Feb. 14, 2020

Quality Controls in Europe Need Improvement, Study Finds

Virgin olive oil promoted as extra virgin is a common infringement in the E.U., a new study found.

Feb. 12, 2020

Production in Spain Lower than Anticipated

The latest harvest data suggests Spain will produce less than one million tons of olive oil, a significant decrease from last autumn's estimates.

Feb. 12, 2020

Spain's Olive Oil Sector Calls for More Protests

Five of the country's main agricultural organizations plan to occupy town squares across the province of Jaén, demanding higher prices for olive oil and more support for traditional groves.

Feb. 10, 2020

Obesity a 'Looming Epidemic' in Developing Countries, World Bank Says

Poor nutritional habits and reduced physical activity are the main reasons for high obesity rates.

Jan. 26, 2020

Trump Wants a New Trade Deal with Europe

The president said he wants a new agreement with Europe in place before the November election.

Jan. 26, 2020

Australia Hails Sino-American Trade Deal, but Danger Lurks for Farmers

The new accord favors global economic growth in general but could lead to a reduction of the Australian share in the Chinese market.

Jan. 16, 2020

Alentejo Olive Oil Association Appoints First Executive Director

Gonçalo Almeida Simões brings 15 years of experience advocating for Portuguese agriculture to the European Union.

Jan. 15, 2020

Hephaestion Was a Friend of Alexander's, but Not Cretan Producers'

Adverse weather conditions in Crete caused further damage to olive oil growers and producers.

Jan. 14, 2020

Botanical Council Publishes Overview of Olive Oil Adulteration

The American Botanical Council has released a report detailing the causes of adulteration of olive oil and the issues surrounding olive oil counterfeiting, mislabeling and fraud.

Jan. 13, 2020

Dame Helen Mirren Narrates Xylella Video

Mirren spoke of the devastation caused by the disease, including the death of millions of olive trees across Europe and beyond.

Jan. 13, 2020

Olive Oil Culture Award Call for Entries

Contestants have until the end of March to submit projects celebrating the history, culture and tradition surrounding olive oil production in Spain.

Nov. 14, 2019

European Commission Announces Storage Aid

The storage aid scheme aims to stabilize the current imbalance in the E.U. olive oil market.

Nov. 7, 2019

Europe, China Agree to Protect Foods With Geographical Indication

Kalamata olives and various olive oils from Spain and Crete are included in the deal.

Nov. 5, 2019

U.S. Leaves Paris Climate Agreement

On Monday the U.S. government announced its withdrawal from the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change, due to the economic burden of complying with the requirements.

Nov. 4, 2019

Australian Exporters List 30 Trade Barriers Since Launch of New Register

In Australia, numerous trade barriers have been listed since the launch of a register that aims to identify challenges exporters face.

Oct. 30, 2019

EFSA Presenting Xyllela Research at Corsica Conference

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other E.U.-funded projects are presenting the latest research on Xylella fastidiosa at a conference in Corsica this week.

Oct. 30, 2019

Spain's Harvest Estimates Continue to Grow

Previous predictions estimated that Spanish production would hover at about one million tons over the summer. The latest estimate predicts a 20-percent higher yield.

Oct. 28, 2019

In One Brooklyn Bakery, On-Tap Olive Oil Helps Ditch Plastic

In an Italian restaurant and bakery in Bedford-Stuyvesant, shop-goers fill up on olive oils on-tap, leaving single-use glasses and plastics behind.

Oct. 28, 2019

Spanish Olive Oil Giant Plans to Evade Tariffs With New U.S. Production Center

Asecur is making plans to open the packaging facility in order to evade newly imposed tariffs on some Spanish olive oil imports to the U.S.

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