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Mar. 10, 2021

Tunisia Works With Producers to Add Value to Branded Exports

Olive oil exporters in Tunisia hope to double exports of bottled olive oil in the next five years. The government plans to help by easing bureaucratic hurdles and promoting quality.

Mar. 3, 2021

Mauritania Seeks to Join Olive Council

The West African nation and IOC will work together to promote olive cultivation, olive oil consumption and establish quality control measures.

Feb. 24, 2021

Hardships in Lebanon Shift Focus to Exports

A devaluing local currency coupled with the scarcity of hard currencies has made production more expensive. Producers are turning to exports as a solution.

Aug. 24, 2020

Kırkpınar Governor Calls for Cancellation of This Year’s Event

The Covid-19 pandemic originally delayed the 659th edition of the world's oldest sporting event from the first week of July to September. Now the main sponsor and ceremonial head of the event says he no longer supports the tournament taking place.

Aug. 12, 2020

Destruction of Olive Trees in West Bank Is an Attack on Palestinian Sovereignty, Activists Say

The vandalism comes at a time when Palestinian olive oil production is being threatened by Israel’s steady acquisition of territory in the West Bank.

Jul. 29, 2020

Despite Challenges, Soap Production Continues in West Bank

While the majority of Palestine’s soap factories have closed after years of occupation and economic hardship, a few have managed to hang on. Giving a modern twist to ancient practices, some producers are not ready to wash their hands of the business yet.

Jun. 30, 2020

Tunisia Asks Europe to Increase Duty-Free Imports

The head of Tunisia's National Olive Oil Board has formally requested that Brussels nearly double existing duty-free olive oil import quotas to 100,000 tons per year.

Jun. 18, 2020

Tough Times for Producers in Jordan's Jerash Province

Ever-changing weather, marketplace turmoil and a surplus of olive oil have severely impacted local farmers and cast a shadow on the coming season

Jun. 18, 2020

South African Producers Share Realities of Harvesting During Lockdown

Even with ongoing water shortages and the challenge of working during a lockdown, growers anticipate a good harvest.

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.

May. 19, 2020

South African Producers Persevere to Win 4 NYIOOC Awards

South African producers earned four awards at the world's premier olive oil quality competition. Producers persevered through drought to make their oils and the coronavirus pandemic to send them to New York.

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. 8, 2020

Olive Harvest in South Africa Proceeds Largely Unhindered

South Africa is in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but with the necessary permits, EVOO producers continue harvesting.

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