Africa / Middle East

Jun. 17, 2020

Egyptian EVOO Pioneer Sets Gold Standard

Wadi Food has led the way for Egyptian olive oil producers. In spite of the difficulties of producing high-quality oil in the country's Western Desert.

Jun. 10, 2020

Two Lebanese Producers Prevail at World Olive Oil Competition

Producers in Lebanon demonstrate how both tradition and innovation are thriving in the ancestral home of the olive tree.

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.

Jun. 1, 2020

Winning Producers at World Competition Give Moroccan EVOO the 'Place It Deserves'

Morocco took home a record number of awards at this year's NYIOOC. Winners attributed their success to a "quiet revolution" in the country's olive oil sector.

May. 26, 2020

Record Year for Turkish Olive Oils at World Competition

With 18 Golds and 10 Silvers, Turkish producers walked away with more awards at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality competition this year than ever before.

May. 20, 2020

Tunisian Olive Oils Reach New Heights in World Competition

Despite the political and economic difficulties, Tunisian olive oils won more quality awards at this year's World Olive Oil Competition than ever before.

Feb. 3, 2020

Troubles Persist for Tunisian Olive Oil, As Officials Hope to Turn a Corner

Bureaucratic and technological hurdles, decreasing olive oil prices and political difficulties may hinder ambitious plans to expand the Tunisian olive oil sector.

Jan. 29, 2020

Olive Oil Waste Fuels Spanish Power Plant and Palestinian Startup

A new plant will work to counteract the negative impacts of olive by-products in the region while developing a reliable substitute for fossil fuel.

Jan. 16, 2020

Tunisian Olive Oil Producer Will Use Blockchain Technology to Fight Fraud

Combating food fraud and ensuring authenticity will be an important part of a company’s success moving forward.

Dec. 4, 2019

Production Stagnates in Egypt as Harvest Approaches

As millions of new olive trees are planted, another poor harvest is predicted after a cold winter and hot growing season.

Oct. 17, 2019

Tunisia Expects Record-Setting Harvest

Thanks to above average rainfall, Tunisia is set for a record harvest, with predictions of a yield of 350,000 tons.

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. 5, 2019

Bonsai Masters: The Art of Olive Bonsai

In South Africa, members of a local bonsai society are taking the ancient Japanese art form and applying it to some of the country's native miniature olive trees.

Jan. 15, 2019

Export Ban Impacts Libyan Olive Oil Industry

A ban imposed to olive oil exports in 2017 was meant to protect the domestic production market. Producers say that it is having the opposite effect.

Dec. 20, 2018

Egypt Has Ambitious Plans to Become the World's Largest Table Olive Producer

Ahead of taking the chair position for the 2019 IOC Council of Members meeting, Egypt's Agriculture Minister pledges more cooperation and investment in the country's already substantial olive sector.

Aug. 1, 2018

Israel Increases Duty-free Import Quotas on Olive Oil

Spanish producers are closely watching as the Israeli Minister of Economy seeks to stabilize olive oil prices.

Jul. 26, 2018

Tunisian Producers See Promise in Olive Oil Tourism

Tunisian producers are exploring how olives, one of the country's biggest natural resources, can potentially lure a new kind of tourist.

Jul. 23, 2018

Researchers Turn to Olive Oil to Help Reduce Maternal Deaths in Uganda

Mbarara University of Science and Technology researchers are testing a wound dressing with olive oil and honey.

Jun. 19, 2018

Olive Farm Helps Save Rhinos

South African olive oil producer Rio Largo Olive Estate has designed two labels to fund endangered rhinos.

May. 16, 2018

Egypt Rejoins International Olive Council

The IOC welcomed Egypt back into the organization and said it would work with government officials and producers to invest in the country's strengthening olive and olive oil sectors.

Mar. 12, 2018

Revolution, Hope and Tunisian Olive Oil

Raouf Ellouze and Karim Fitouri were drawn back to Tunisia at times of political upheaval and change. Now, they want to help Tunisia become known for world-class olive oil.

More