Europe

Dec. 1, 2021

Award-Winning French Producer Looks to The Past to Meet Challenges of The Future

Maintaining organic farming methods and experimenting with ancient olive varieties are how Château d’Estoublon keeps its 500-year olive oil production history alive.

Dec. 1, 2021

New Olive Trees Are Being Planted in Xylella-Ravaged Puglia

A new law in Italy has changed monitoring and removal operations in Xylella-plagued areas. Funds are being used to replant trees and compensate millers.

Nov. 30, 2021

Award-Winning Producer Says Croatians Need to Return to Their Traditional Roots

After climate change wreaked havoc on the 2021 harvest, one of Croatia’s leading producers believes the olive farming paradigm in the country must change.

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Nov. 29, 2021

Critics of Nutri-Score Demand Reform to Ratings of PDO and PGI Foods

Officials in France, Italy and Spain want specialty products to be treated differently than processed foods by the labeling system.

Nov. 22, 2021

Italy Ramps up Nutri-Score Criticism as Deadline for E.U. Food Labeling System Looms

The Italian Agriculture minister continued to denounce how Nutri-Score grades local specialties, while drumming up support for an alternative.

Nov. 22, 2021

Social Farming Initiatives in Italy Focus on Environment, Inclusion

Italy leads the way in social olive farming with projects in Tuscany and Molise that focus on quality, protecting biodiversity and social inclusion of marginalized groups.

Nov. 9, 2021

Celebrating the Fruit of An Ancient Tree in Montenegro

The Old Olive Tree in southern Montenegro is thought to be the oldest in Europe and the third-oldest in the world.

Nov. 8, 2021

Global Olive Oil Imports Slip

The latest International Olive Council data show that olive oil imports have decreased globally, while table olives imports are on the rise.

Nov. 8, 2021

Heavy Downpours Dampen Harvest Outlook in Greece

Many producing regions, especially in the western part of the country, were hit with a deluge that some farmers say is becoming more common.

Nov. 8, 2021

European Parliament Approves Farm to Fork Strategy

Among the main tenants of the plan are animal welfare, emissions reduction and front-of-pack nutrition labeling. It will now be up to the European Commission to propose the formal legislation.

Nov. 3, 2021

Portugal’s Transition to Modern Farming Yields Another Record Harvest

Portugal will produce 150,000 tons of olive oil in the 2021-22 crop year. Favorable weather and the sector’s continuing modernization were attributed to the bumper harvest.

Nov. 1, 2021

Dalmatian Couple Share an Award-Winning Oblica with The World

Martina Radovčić and Marko Murtić founded their olive grove eight years ago. Starting with an emphasis on local cultivars, the couple hopes to show the world a taste of Dalmatia.

Nov. 1, 2021

An Estimated 33,000 Jobs Lost to Xylella Fastidiosa in Puglia

Officials warned against underestimating the threat to the region's economy posed by the continued spread of the deadly olive tree disease.

Sep. 30, 2021

Award-Winning Producers on Šolta Prepare for Modest Harvest

The Zlatna Šoltanka cooperative is preparing for a 25-percent lower yield than last year’s. Still, its founder emphasizes that quality trumps quantity.

Sep. 29, 2021

Producers in Istria Brace for a Disappointing Harvest

Producers on Croatia’s northwestern peninsula expect a decrease of up to 80 percent compared with last year’s yield.

Sep. 28, 2021

Study: Human Activity Increased Likelihood and Severity of July Floods in Western Europe

The World Weather Attribution Initiative concluded that human-caused climate change increased the likelihood of the historic flooding by as much as 20 percent.

Sep. 28, 2021

5.5 Million Hectares of Traditional Olive Groves at Risk of Abandonment

A new report highlights the major transformation that the olive sector is undergoing, with modern groves set to replace many traditional ones.

Sep. 27, 2021

Newly-Proposed Med Index Rating Seeks to Surpass Nutri-Score and Nutrinform

A front-of-pack labeling system takes into account a food item’s macro and micro-nutrients and its social and environmental sustainability.

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. 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.

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