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Oct. 27, 2020

Olive Oil Consumption Set to Outpace Production For a Change

Consumption is projected to reach 3.14 million tons while production slips in the 2020 campaign, finally reversing the downward price trends.

Oct. 27, 2020

Prices Open Higher in Greece Amid Shortage of Laborers

Early seasonal prices have reached €3.80 per kilo while the lack of foreign workers has prevented some harvesting activities in Greece.

Oct. 27, 2020

Italian Farmers Want Something Done About Wild Boars

With the number of wild boars in Italy doubling in the last ten years to 2 million, farmers' groups are calling again for a comprehensive plan to deal with an old and growing problem.

Oct. 21, 2020

World Olive Oil Competition Opens Registration for 2021

Early registration is open for the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

Oct. 16, 2020

Latest Xylella Outbreak in Puglia Continues to Spread

Authorities have identified 136 newly-infected trees in Puglia. Among the new discoveries are two millenary olive trees in what was considered to be a buffer zone.

Oct. 15, 2020

Bans on Night Harvesting Have Alleviated Threat to Migratory Birds

The head of conservation for BirdLife Europe applauded prohibitions on nighttime intensive olive harvesting in Spain and Portugal.

Oct. 8, 2020

Harvest Underway in California Amid Historic Wildfires, Covid Concerns

Producers are predicting smaller yields than last year. The record wildfires appear to have had a minimal effect on the state's olive farmers.

Oct. 6, 2020

Europe's Olive Oil Exports on Record-Breaking Pace

The E.U. also expects record-high imports in the 2019/20 crop year.

Oct. 5, 2020

New Consortium to Promote Terre Aurunche PDO

A producers' association seeks to standardize and promote Terre Aurunche PDO extra virgin olive oil and promote its quality.

Oct. 5, 2020

Greece Pledges €126M Aid to Olive Oil Producers for Pandemic-Related Losses

Around 145,000 beneficiaries of the program are expected to receive €300 per hectare of olive grove if the plan receives approval from the European Commission.

Oct. 5, 2020

After Record Year, Tunisian Production Falters

Low levels of rainfall and poor agronomic practices have made what was expected to be a down cycle in Tunisia even worse.

Oct. 1, 2020

Xylella Outbreak in Apulian Buffer Zone Puts Millenary Trees at Risk

At least 50 trees infected with the deadly plant pathogen have been discovered in a Xylella fastidiosa buffer zone, authorities said, threatening some of the area’s renowned ancient olive trees.

Oct. 1, 2020

Demand for Extra Virgin Drives Olive Oil Sales in Spain

While demand for extra virgin rose, the appetite in Spain for the lower grades has dried up.

Sep. 9, 2020

Italy Reiterates Opposition to Nutri-Score Label, Calls for Wider Adoption of Nutrinform

the Italian Minister of Agriculture has been lobbying other E.U. governments on the issue and has called for the protection of foods that she hailed as "pillars of the Mediterranean diet.”

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. 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. 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.

Aug. 31, 2020

Mounting Concerns in Greece as Harvest Nears

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and persistently low olive oil prices remain the biggest worries for producers.

Aug. 31, 2020

Spanish Table Olive Exports to U.S. Fall Further

Table olive exports from Spain to the United States fell by almost a third in the first half of 2020. U.S. tariffs are blamed for the steep drop.

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