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Sep. 23, 2021

Award-Winning Producers in Central Italy Prepare for Harvest

Sustainable farming, state-of-the-art milling, and synergies between committed farmers are key factors behind the success of the producers from central Italy

Sep. 23, 2021

WTO Delays Judgement on Spanish Black Olive Tariffs for Third Time

The European Union and the United States are negotiating a solution to the disagreement over anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Spain.

Sep. 20, 2021

Uzbekistan Joins Olive Council

The Central Asian country became the 18th member of the international organization and plans to dramatically increase olive production.

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Sep. 17, 2021

Rehabilitating Olive Trees in Aragón to Stem Spain’s Rural Exodus

Apadrina un Oliva has put the area’s abandoned olive trees up for adoption. The result has handed a lifeline to the town and its residents.

Sep. 16, 2021

Brexit Leads to Sharp Decline in UK Imports of Italian Foods

Officials in the Italian agriculture sector worry that increased bureaucratic hurdles may also lead to an uptick in food fraud.

Sep. 16, 2021

New Research Reveals Key Role of Olive Oil in Ancient Roman Diets

Using new investigative techniques, researchers from the University of Kent determined that olive oil constituted 20 percent of caloric intake among residents of one Roman city.

Sep. 14, 2021

Intensive Olive Farms Contribute to Desertification in Spain, Experts Warn

Researchers caution that one-fifth of Spain is at risk of desertification. Poor agricultural and land-use practices paired with historic mismanagement are largely to blame.

Sep. 8, 2021

Spain Approves New Rules Governing Olive Oil Quality and Standards

The new laws update the previous ones from 1983 and are meant to add value for producers, promote consumption and fight fraud.

Sep. 2, 2021

Weakened Gulf Stream Will Have Major Impact on European Agriculture, Scientists Predict

Weakening ocean currents will likely increase incidences of extreme weather events, researchers warn, particularly in the Mediterranean Basin.

Sep. 1, 2021

Turkey Lifts Ban on Bulk Olive Oil Exports Ahead of Schedule

The government said it implemented the ban to prevent price speculation and protect small producers. However, many producers largely opposed the prohibition.

Sep. 1, 2021

Both Sides of Labeling Divide Satisfied As Amended Bill Passes California Senate

The bill, AB-535, would require brands that use the term “California” in their name to disclose the minimum percentage of California olive oil in their blended products.

Sep. 1, 2021

Italian Olive Growers Suffer Through Long Summer of Drought, Wildfires

Coldiretti estimates that wildfires cost the Italian agriculture sector at least €1 billion in damage. Olive growers blame climate change for longer, hotter and drier summers.

Aug. 30, 2021

Spain Regains Position of Second Largest Olive Oil Exporter to the U.S.

In the first half of 2021 olive oil exports from Spain to the U.S. increased by nearly 40 percent. Andalusian exports largely fueled the growth.

Aug. 12, 2021

Japan May Recognize Some PDO and PGI Olive Oils from European Countries

Extra virgin olive oils from France, Greece, Italy and Spain will be considered for protection from imitations or copies on the Japanese market.

Aug. 12, 2021

People Here Use More Olive Oil than Anywhere Else in The World

Sammarinese consume an average of 22 kilograms of olive oil each year, or about a liter every two weeks.

Aug. 10, 2021

Brač Seeks Croatia’s Sixth PDO Certification

Olive oil has played an integral role in the cultural, ecological and economic development of the Dalmatian island.

Aug. 7, 2021

Drought Likely to Cause Production Decrease in Spain, Leading Cooperative Predicts

Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias said that the news is not all bad, with olive oil exports buoyed by increased demand from the United States.

Aug. 6, 2021

Positive Signs for Olive Oil Sector in E.U. Report

The European Commission expects olive oil exports to hit a record high in 2021. Growing demand, decreasing imports and a steady supply suggest prices will rise too.

Aug. 5, 2021

California’s Olive Oil Producers Face Uncertain Future as Historic Drought Continues

While some farmers remain optimistic that research and preparation will yield a fruitful future, others worry about the diminishing prospects of surface irrigation.

Aug. 4, 2021

Greece Requests Aid for Expected Drop in Olive Oil and Table Olive Production

Some olive-producing regions in Greece are expecting yields to fall by 70 to 90 percent after a year of erratic weather conditions.

Aug. 4, 2021

Small Farmers and Producers in Italy Organize to Promote Artisanal Oils

The Italian Federation of Independent Olive Growers seeks to promote the culture of small and medium-sized growers and native olive varieties.

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