Europe

Sep. 21, 2020

Some Signs Suggest Better Outlook for Greek Farmers

Lower yield predictions in Spain and Italy open new hopes for Greek olive growers as harvesting begins.

Sep. 16, 2020

Italy Provides €140M in Loans to Producer Groups to Buy Olive Oil, Table Olives

Guaranteed loans are available to producer organizations to buy Italian olive oil and table olives from their members.

Sep. 16, 2020

Xylella Fastidiosa Arrives in Third French Region

Authorities have implemented containment protocols after discovering an infected lavender plant at a gardening store in Occitanie. The southern region is home to about one-quarter of France’s olive oil production.

Sep. 14, 2020

Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Italy's Olive Oil Producers

Extreme weather events – ranging from hail storms to flash flooding – have impacted olive growers across Italy. For many farmers, hopes of a promising harvest have washed away.

Sep. 9, 2020

Italy Reiterates Opposition to Nutri-Score Label, Calls for Wider Adoption of Nutrinform

the Italian Minister of Agriculture has been lobbying other E.U. governments on the issue and has called for the protection of foods that she hailed as "pillars of the Mediterranean diet.”

Sep. 8, 2020

Ancient Olive Mill Transformed Into ‘Solidarity Kitchen’ on Lesbos

Situated above the massive Moria refugee camp on the eastern Greek isle, volunteers have turned an old oil mill into an impromptu community kitchen and are helping to provide 1,000 meals each day.

Aug. 31, 2020

Spanish Table Olive Exports to U.S. Fall Further

Table olive exports from Spain to the United States fell by almost a third in the first half of 2020. U.S. tariffs are blamed for the steep drop.

Aug. 27, 2020

Italian Agricultural Agency’s Olive Oil Purchase Tenders Are Too Low, Farmers Argue

The Agency for Payments in Agriculture has awarded its €8 million tender. Skeptical farmers are questioning the criteria used to make the decision and have said the final amount of €2.28 is too low.

Aug. 27, 2020

Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears

The usual influx of seasonal workers who come to harvest apples, grapes and olives in Italy has been interrupted. Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 has politicians and farmers worried that key crops will not be picked in time.

Aug. 25, 2020

Europe Removes Tariffs on U.S. Lobsters in Bid to De-Escalate Trade Tensions

In return for removing $111 million tariffs on lobster imports, the United States will eliminate $160 million in tariffs on a range of goods. Observers see this as the first step in de-escalating trade tensions that led to the imposition of a 25-percent tariff on some Spanish olive oils.

Aug. 25, 2020

Asian Bug May Be Cause of ‘Green Drop’ in Olive Trees, Researchers Find

An experiment revealed that the presence of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug on olive tree branches correlated with increased occurrence of the newly-observed ‘green drop’ disease.

Aug. 24, 2020

German Chancellor Casts Doubt Over Landmark E.U.-Mercosur Trade Deal

Angela Merkel is concerned that dropping E.U. tariffs on some agricultural products from Brazil will expedite deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Aug. 21, 2020

Spain's Farmers Welcome Low Harvest Forecasts

An official for one of Spain’s main agricultural unions argues that steadily rising global consumption paired with a decrease in production may lead to more demand for Spanish olive oil and cause prices to rise.

Jul. 16, 2020

Olive Oil World Tour Campaign Relaunches in Spain

From July through September, thousands of passengers boarding the high-speed ferry, Cecilia Payne, will be reminded of Spain's olive oil sector.

Jul. 16, 2020

Tariff Threats, Covid Aftermath Hang Over Spain's Table Olive Harvest

Table olive producers are expecting a slightly better harvest this year than they had in 2019. In spite of this, uncertainty over the future of the sector remains.

Jul. 13, 2020

COVID-19 Inflicts €2 Billion of Losses on Italian Olive Oil Sector

Italy’s major farmers association attributes the bulk of losses to the shutdown of the nation’s foodservice sector during the pandemic and a precipitous drop in tourism.

Jul. 13, 2020

Portugal Bans Nocturnal Olive Harvesting Practice for Upcoming Season

While conservationists have hailed the move as a step in the right direction, many of them have urged the country's ministry fo agriculture to make the ban permanent.

Jul. 10, 2020

Having Survived Invasion and Disease, Millenary Olive Tree Recognized in Spain

The Spanish Association of Olive Municipalities has named a 1,100-year-old olive tree on Mallorca the “best monumental olive tree in Spain.”

Jul. 10, 2020

E.U. Olive Oil Production Expected to Hit 5-Year High

The European Commission estimates production will rise to 2.3 million tons in the coming crop year.

Jul. 9, 2020

World's Oldest Sporting Event Delayed Due to Covid Concerns

The centuries-old Kırkpınar olive oil wrestling championship will reportedly not go ahead until the end of summer or autumn. The decision was made by the event organizers after consulting with Turkey’s Ministry of Health.

Jul. 7, 2020

EVOO Consumption in Italy Predicted to Grow Even As Consumer Spending Falls

The increase in olive oil consumption is partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led consumers to change their eating priorities.

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