Africa / Middle East

Sep. 14, 2023

Syria Restricts Olive Oil Exports as Harvest Outlook Worsens

Olive oil production in Syria is expected to fall by 50 percent in the 2023/24 crop year. Authorities have banned exports to prevent price rises.

Sep. 11, 2023

Cultivating Hope in Palestine

A nongovernmental organization seeks to plant 50,000 olive trees across Gaza and the West Bank to improve the economic outlook of Palestinians.

Aug. 18, 2023

Citing Rising Prices and Low Margins, Turkey Bans Bulk Olive Oil Exports

The trade ministry wants to promote the country's packaged olive oil exports while limiting further price rises for domestic consumers.

Aug. 14, 2023

Tunisia Has a Plan to Boost Its Olive Oil Industry

The strategy aims to increase annual production of extra virgin olive oil while growing packaged exports and domestic consumption.

Aug. 7, 2023

Italy Becomes Largest Market for Tunisia’s Organic Olive Oil Exports

Tunisia's organic production is increasingly favored by large Italian bottlers.

Aug. 2, 2023

Education Vital to Success of Turkey’s Olive Oil Sector, Award-Winning Producer Says

After winning 10 awards at the 2023 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the producers behind Oliva Malia are keen to share the secrets of their success.

Jul. 20, 2023

Signs Suggest a Weak Harvest in Turkey

Official estimates will not be published until September, but producers in Turkey said cold and rainy weather combined with the earthquake has led to scarce fruit.

Jul. 12, 2023

Quality Places Cambodian Importer on World Stage

Tiger Power imports Tunisian extra virgin olive oil produced on the company farm in Nabeul and sourced from other local growers.

Jul. 10, 2023

Yusuf Can Zeybek Triumphant at Kırkpınar

The first-time Kırkpınar winner overcame two-time champion İsmail Balaban to win the title of head wrestler at the world’s oldest sporting event.

Jun. 27, 2023

How Awards Helped One Tunisian Producer Thrive in the Lucrative U.S. Market

The NYIOOC award-winning producer behind Massiva combines generations of olive oil production experience with adept marketing.

Jun. 8, 2023

Olive Oil Producers in Middle East Enjoy Award-Winning Finish to Bumper Harvest

Producers in Lebanon, Israel and Jordan overcame economic challenges to celebrate success at the 2023 World Olive Oil Competition.

May. 22, 2023

Bozelli Boss Highlights the Value of Skillful Blending

The Turkish producer and World Competition winner believes masterful extra virgin olive oil blends exceed the sum of their parts.

May. 4, 2023

Tunisian Producers Celebrate Victory After Season Plagued by Drought

Producers overcame the country’s severe drought and macroeconomic difficulties to win 27 awards at the World Competition.


Jan. 17, 2023

Food Crisis Looms as Pakistan Announces Recovery Strategy

The high level of inflation, natural disasters, and national debt has cause Pakistan to seek international aid.

Jan. 17, 2023

Jordan's Olive Oil Yield Lower than Expected

In Jordan, overall yield is expected to grow, even though the 2022 harvest may produce less olive oil than expected.

Jan. 3, 2023

Moroccan University to Offer Olive Oil Master’s Degree

The two-year degree program is meant to help professionalize the increasingly-important table olive and olive oil sectors in the North African country.

Dec. 12, 2022

Producers in Israel Reap Benefits of Record Harvest

Despite rising production costs and persistent challenges from imports, Israeli olive oil producers anticipate a bumper harvest and improved market share.

Dec. 8, 2022

In Turkey, Olive Oil Exports Rise with Prices and Production

The rising volume and value of Turkish olive oil exports have been fueled by strong production, surging prices and more branded oils.

Dec. 5, 2022

Rising Olive Oil Prices, Exports Help Sustain Tunisian Trade Balance

Olive oil accounted for 40 percent of agricultural export value. An increased focus on branding and organic farming might further grow the sector’s value.

Nov. 28, 2022

Low Availability and Rising Prices Spark Concerns of Olive Oil Fraud in Morocco

Already-high olive oil prices could rise a further 25 percent, which would put the product out of reach of many of the country’s consumers.

Nov. 18, 2022

Bumper Crop Expected in Syria Amid Ongoing Civil War

Local sources say production may reach 125,000 tons, a significant increase from the previous year. However, the future of olive growing in the country remains uncertain.