Europe

Mar. 4, 2020

New Bank Set to Auction Abandoned Farms in Italy

Almost 25,000 acres of abandoned public lands will be auctioned to a new generation of agricultural entrepreneurs and farmers.

Mar. 3, 2020

Italy Set to Deal Major Blow to 'Agribusiness Pirates'

A new law would protect Italian agriculture by letting prosecutors pursue frauds anywhere in the supply chain.

Feb. 28, 2020

E.U. Tenders for Private Storage Conclude

The fourth and final tender for private storage aid succeeded in withholding more stocks from the European olive oil market to ease pressure on prices.

Feb. 27, 2020

Coronavirus Epidemic Hits Italy's Agriculture Sector

The rising number of coronavirus infections across northern Italy has impacted every corner of the country's agriculture sector, from harvesting and production to tourism and exports.

Feb. 26, 2020

Small Sampling in Sweden Spurs Debate on Tasting Panels

Sweden tested 21 brands that it suspected could be mislabeled and found most of them were. Producers and regulators are arguing over the survey's methods.

Feb. 24, 2020

Greeks Call for Strategic Plan in Wake of Low Prices

The minister of agriculture has called for a plan to support the olive oil industry after private storage aid was rejected as inefficient for the Greek sector

Feb. 14, 2020

Quality Controls in Europe Need Improvement, Study Finds

Virgin olive oil promoted as extra virgin is a common infringement in the E.U., a new study found.

Feb. 12, 2020

Production in Spain Lower than Anticipated

The latest harvest data suggests Spain will produce less than one million tons of olive oil, a significant decrease from last autumn's estimates.

Feb. 12, 2020

Spain's Olive Oil Sector Calls for More Protests

Five of the country's main agricultural organizations plan to occupy town squares across the province of Jaén, demanding higher prices for olive oil and more support for traditional groves.

Feb. 12, 2020

Third Tender for Storage Aid Concludes, EU Calls for Patience

With 171,000 tons of olive oil removed from the market with no significant effect on olive oil prices, the European Commission said it expects results in due course.

Feb. 12, 2020

Italian Producers Shortchanged in EU Funding

Italian farmers say recent rounds of funding were directed mainly to their competitors in Spain, Greece and Portugal.

Feb. 10, 2020

Spanish Table Olive Producer Wins Gender Equality Award

Blanca Torrent was recognized for the gender equality policy at Torrent Olives and her work advocating for women in agribusiness.

Feb. 7, 2020

Italy's Olive Oil Competitiveness Hindered by Aging Groves

With higher costs and lower yields than modern olive oil farms, quality alone may not be enough to protect Italy's smaller producers in a fast-changing international market.

Jan. 16, 2020

Alentejo Olive Oil Association Appoints First Executive Director

Gonçalo Almeida Simões brings 15 years of experience advocating for Portuguese agriculture to the European Union.

Jan. 15, 2020

Hephaestion Was a Friend of Alexander's, but Not Cretan Producers'

Adverse weather conditions in Crete caused further damage to olive oil growers and producers.

Jan. 14, 2020

Pizza Giant Domino's Wants a Slice of Italian Market

The CEO of Domino's Italy believes there is still room in the traditional home of pizza for a delivery option. Traditional pizzaioli remain skeptical that the restaurant chain can increase its foothold in the market.

Jan. 10, 2020

New Year, Same Problems for Greek Olive Oil Producers

Olive oil production varied from area to area, but uniformity of low prices was a constant across all of Greece.

Jan. 2, 2020

E.U. Approves PGI for Apulia

"Olio di Puglia" PGI is entered in the register of protected geographical indications

Jan. 2, 2020

Portugal May Be the Third-largest Olive Oil Producer by 2030

Investments in high-density groves and modern mills are driving Portugal's rise among olive oil producers.

Dec. 30, 2019

Spanish Olive Oil Group Demands Answers From Prime Minister

The Interprofessional demanded to know how the government would help struggling producers and retaliate against U.S. tariffs.

Dec. 26, 2019

E.U. Anticipates Increase in Consumption and Exports by 2030

Europe expects olive oil consumption to increase mostly in non-producing countries and exports to grow in both traditional and new markets.

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