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Jun. 30, 2020

U.S. Considers New Tariffs on European Olives and Olive Oils

The U.S. Trade Representative is considering whether to increase existing tariffs on imports from the European Union as well as implement new ones.

Jun. 30, 2020

Proposed Bill Gives U.S. Agricultural Sector Easier Access to Emissions Trading

Newly proposed legislation in the United States seeks to create additional sources of revenue for the agricultural sector while helping to cut down on greenhouse gases.

Jun. 29, 2020

Italian Government Pledges €120 Million in Aid for Xylella-Ravaged Puglia

The money will be divided among farmers who suffered at least a 30-percent loss of production.

Jun. 11, 2020

Anna Cane Re-elected President of Assitol's Olive Oil Group

Anna Cane was reap­pointed to the pres­i­dency of the Olive Oil Group of the Ital­ian Asso­ci­a­tion of Oil Indus­try (Assi­tol) after a unan­i­mous vote by the assem­bly of entre­pre­neurs. Ric­cardo Cas­setta, man­ag­ing direc­tor of the olive oil com­pany Biol­e­vante in Andria, was recon­firmed as vice-pres­i­dent, along with the newly appointed vice-pres­i­dents Dora Desan­tis, head of qual­ity

Jun. 5, 2020

Farmers Blame Law Violators for Low Olive Oil Prices

An association of Spanish farmers said violations by large companies explain what is continuing to drive olive oil prices lower and called for whistleblower protections.

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.

May. 1, 2020

37 New Plant Species Added to Xylella Host List

Ornamental, wild and commercial plants were all found to be hosts of the world's most deadly plant pathogen. The total list of identified host plants is up to 595.

May. 1, 2020

EU Olive Oil Production Estimates Released

A smaller yield is expected in Spain compared to last season, with Italy and Greece bouncing back from their previously poor harvests.

Apr. 29, 2020

Tunisia Exports 146,000 Tons of Olive Oil Amid COVID-19 Crisis

While Tunisia's exports of olive oil slowed during the coronavirus crisis, the country had seen relative success in continuing activity and reaching foreign markets.

Apr. 28, 2020

Argentina Exits Mercosur Trade Negotiations

The move comes as a blow to olive oil producers who may lose out while the rest of the bloc negotiates free trade deals with South Korea and Canada. Argentina will continue working with the Mercosur to implement a previously agreed deal with the European Union.

Apr. 24, 2020

UK Calls for 'Spittlebug Spies' to Gather Evidence for Xylella Project

The "spies" provide scientists with data to track the potential spread of Xylella fastidiosa.

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