News Briefs

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.

Jan. 8, 2020

Olive Oil Times Turns 10, Gets New Look

Ten years and thousands of articles later, the mission has remained steadfast while the website's design has changed with the times.

Jan. 8, 2020 N. America

COOC Names New Exec. Director

Jan. 6, 2020 News Briefs

Oman Reports a Good Harvest

Jan. 2, 2020 News Briefs

Med Diet Tops List, Again

Dec. 19, 2019

IOC Celebrates 60th Anniversary and World Olive Day

The IOC celebrated 60 years of activity and World Olive Day during the 110th session of the Council of Members in Madrid.

Dec. 12, 2019

Italian Farmers Support Cancer Research

Farmers teamed up with the AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research in Italy to develop a project to promote health education.

Dec. 11, 2019

New List of U.S. Tariff Targets Includes More Olive Oils From Europe

The United States Trade Representative is seeking public comments on additional tariffs on European goods.

Dec. 9, 2019

Researchers Will Meet to Discuss Xylella and Climate Change in Madrid

The December 12 forum will focus on current research and containment efforts in Spain and how climate change is impacting the spread of the pathogen.

Dec. 9, 2019

Asoliva Elects New President

Antonio Gallego García will face the challenge of keeping Spanish olive oil competitive in the U.S. in the face of tariffs as well as promoting oils to new export destinations.

Dec. 5, 2019

Nearly One-third of World's Olive Oil Made from Picual

The newly published reference guide, International Olive Growing: Worldwide Analysis and Summary, sheds light on a number of interesting olive oil-related statistics.

Nov. 19, 2019

Europe Allocates €200M to Promote Agri-food Products

More than half of the budget (€118 million) will go towards campaigns pursuing markets outside the EU with high-growth potentials, such as Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United States.

Oct. 9, 2019

Andalusia Temporarily Bans Machine-Assisted Harvesting at Night

The ban will give the autonomous government time to research the impacts night-harvesting has on local and migrating bird populations.

Oct. 7, 2019

Germany Announces Introduction of Controversial Food Labeling System

Despite their initial opposition to Nutriscore, Germany's Julia Klöckner last week gave the green light for the controversial food labeling system.

Oct. 2, 2019

U.S. Can Impose $7.5 Billion of Tariffs on European Goods, WTO Says

Officials in the United States have yet to decide which goods will be subject to the tariffs. Olive oil and table olives were both included in preliminary lists.

Sep. 23, 2019

Italy's New Agriculture Minister Pledges to Stem Spread of Xylella

At a meeting with olive oil industry representatives, Teresa Bellanova expressed her commitment to curb the spread of the bacterium, help affected famers and millers, and maintain a constant dialogue with Brussels.

Sep. 23, 2019

Italian Village Provides Local Olive Oil for Student Snacks

In the southwestern village of Stella Cilento, children will enjoy an afternoon snack of bread and olive oil provided by the town, after helping with the harvest.

Sep. 19, 2019

MPs in Austria Reject EU-Mercosur Free Trade Deal

Citing environmental concerns, no major political parties in the Austrian parliament supported passing the deal. Many want the government to veto it all together, while one wants to renegotiate.

Sep. 17, 2019

Israel Requests Documents About Its Exclusion from Olive Council Meeting

The Israeli embassy in Madrid told the International Olive Council it does not recognize any of the decisions made at the 109th session.

Sep. 8, 2019

Xylella Spreads to Olive Trees in France

The two infected olive trees, which were kept for ornamental purposes, were detected in the towns of Antibes and Menton.

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