News Briefs

Aug. 10, 2020

Consuming Some Animal Products Does Not Undermine Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

Newly published research from the University of Warwick shows that plant-based diets, such as Mediterranean diet, can lower cardiovascular risks even if they include a moderate amount of animal products.

Aug. 8, 2020

Nutri-Score Label More Effective Than NutrInform, Study Finds

The results of the study showed that while all five types of labels had limited impact on the food items chosen by consumers, the Nutri-Score system was most effective in aiding consumers to order the items by nutritional quality.

Aug. 4, 2020

Europe Demands U.S. Drop Tariffs After Member States Comply With Airbus Ruling

The European Commission wants the United States to scrap tariffs on a range of manufactured and agricultural goods now that E.U. states found to be providing illegal subsidies to Airbus have complied with WTO demands.

Jul. 30, 2020

In Italy, Farmers Unite to Compete With Multinationals

One of Italy’s largest agricultural firms has agreed to invest $200 million to provide more bargaining power and a larger pool of resources for independent farmers.

Jul. 29, 2020

Local Production and Sustainability Highlight Terra Madre 2020

Over the course of six months, farmers, scientists and other stakeholders in the global agri-food business will propose and debate solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing issues surrounding sustainability and climate change.

Jul. 29, 2020

Applying Crushed Rock to Croplands Reduces Atmospheric CO2, Study Finds

Up to two billion tons of CO2 could be absorbed each year by adding crushed rocks to farmlands. The technique could be employed by countries to help them meet their climate targets.

Jul. 16, 2020

Italy's Union of Olive Oil Producers Reelects Granieri

Unaprol's president, David Granieri, said he will continue working to revive the sector in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul. 15, 2020

Best Olive Oils Guide Adds Feature to Boost Online Sales of Award-Winning Brands

Finding online retailers who sell the best extra virgin olive oils just got a lot easier.

Jul. 13, 2020

Portugal Bans Nocturnal Olive Harvesting Practice for Upcoming Season

While conservationists have hailed the move as a step in the right direction, many of them have urged the country's ministry fo agriculture to make the ban permanent.

Jul. 10, 2020

Having Survived Invasion and Disease, Millenary Olive Tree Recognized in Spain

The Spanish Association of Olive Municipalities has named a 1,100-year-old olive tree on Mallorca the “best monumental olive tree in Spain.”

Jul. 10, 2020

E.U. Olive Oil Production Expected to Hit 5-Year High

The European Commission estimates production will rise to 2.3 million tons in the coming crop year.

Jul. 9, 2020

World's Oldest Sporting Event Delayed Due to Covid Concerns

The centuries-old Kırkpınar olive oil wrestling championship will reportedly not go ahead until the end of summer or autumn. The decision was made by the event organizers after consulting with Turkey’s Ministry of Health.

Jul. 6, 2020

Trade Group Donates 190k Liters of Pomace Oil to Hospitality Sector in Spain

In the wake of the pandemic, the Spanish interprofessional, Oriva, will distribute the refined oil to 12,500 hotels, restaurants and caterers.

Jun. 5, 2020

Cooperation in Fight Against Food Fraud Grows Among EU Countries

Olive oil tops the list for joint activities against counterfeit, adulteration and misleading labels.

Jun. 3, 2020

Plant-Based Food Sales Skyrocket as U.S. Consumers Seek Healthier Options

While the data show that plant-based food sales in the United States grew by 90 percent over the same period last year, anecdotal evidence suggests olive oil sales grew with them.

Jun. 1, 2020

Ancient Olive Trees Burn in Jordan Wildfires

Thousands of acres in one of the most important Jordan regions for olive oil production are burning.

May. 28, 2020

Olive Oil in Packaged Foods Influences Consumers More than Other Fats, Study Shows

Olive oil came out tops in every country for being perceived as a healthy oil in packaged foods.

May. 26, 2020

Europe Announces 'Flexible' Support Programs for Olive Oil Producers

The latest measures by the European Commission will provide olive oil ands table olive producers with access to low-interest loans and change the funding priorities of the sector to help combat economic problems caused by COVID-19.

May. 25, 2020

UK Publishes New Guidelines on Plant Imports to Stem Xylella Risk

The U.K. requires confirmation that an imported olive or almond plant's place of production and its 200-meter surrounding area has been Xylella-free for one year before the plant is imported.

May. 7, 2020

Malaysia Criticizes WHO Advisory Against Consuming Palm Oil During Pandemic

Olive and sunflower or canola oils are healthier options than palm and coconut oils, the WHO said in an advisory.

May. 1, 2020

Olivum Teams up With Local Charity to Feed Families in Need

The Alentejo Olive Oil Association is donating enough olive oil to help prepare 14,000 meals for unemployed families and others in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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