Europe

Mar. 19, 2024

Growers in Croatia Await Contest Results

Industry advocates and producers see the NYIOOC as a way to showcase Croatia's quality and combat adulteration and fraud.

Mar. 19, 2024

Registration of Kalamata Olives as Intellectual Property Renews Controversy in Greece

The registration of the Kalamata table olive PDO from Messenia with WIPO will restrict the term's use by table olive producers in Greece, re-igniting an ongoing debate.

Mar. 14, 2024

Authorities in Puglia Confirm Culprit in Olive Tree Devastation

Officials rebuffed a recent study that implied Xylella fastidiosa was not mainly responsible for the millions of ravaged trees.

Mar. 13, 2024

The Rise of Cycling in Italian Olive Groves

In Umbria and Lazio, farms and sport groups organize bike tours in the olive groves, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenery and taste local olive products.

Mar. 13, 2024

High Prices Are Changing How Italians Feel About Olive Oil

Consumer surveys show Italians are buying less extra virgin olive oil, while other data confirm lower supermarket sales.

Mar. 7, 2024

Spanish Campaigners Lobby for Glyphosate Ban After EU Fails to Reach Consensus

The world’s most used herbicide was found in concentrations exceeding the legal limit in Mar Menor, spurring advocates to call for a ban in Spain.

Feb. 29, 2024

Authorities Identify Xylella Strain Infecting Vines, Almonds in Puglia

The new variant was detected in a region already severely affected by Xylella fastidiosa pauca.

Feb. 29, 2024

Supermarkets in Spain Poised to Clash Over Olive Oil Prices

Olive oil prices at origin remain at historic highs, but direct-to-consumer promotions by some brands have supermarkets weighing their next move.

Feb. 28, 2024

Córdoba Festival Promotes Local Olive Oil Against Backdrop of Harvest Challenges

Organizers hailed the event as an opportunity for local producers to promote their products after a demanding harvest.

Feb. 26, 2024

New Law in Italy Establishes Role of Farmers in Protecting Environment

Along with protecting Italy’s natural landscapes and promoting the cultivation of traditional crops, the law seeks to curb the rural exodus with economic incentives.

Feb. 23, 2024

World Trade Organization Finds U.S. Noncompliant in Table Olive Trade Spat

The WTO ruled that the U.S. must remove tariffs on Spanish table olive imports, while a separate case is pending in the Court of Appeals.

Feb. 22, 2024

Italian Farmers, Producers Confirm Production Rebound

Olive oil production for the 2023/24 crop year was bolstered by strong harvests in the south.

Feb. 20, 2024

Balearic Islands Tighten Restrictions as Xylella Spreads in Mallorca

The strain of Xylella fastidiosa responsible for Olive Quick Decline Syndrome was identified in other plants in Mallorca.

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Jan. 29, 2024

In Search of Chill: Cool Nights Needed for Olive Trees in Greece

After warm spells decimated their harvests, producers in Greece are hoping for cool temperatures during critical growing stages this time around.

Jan. 25, 2024

Record Olive Oil Prices Drive Down Consumption in Spain

Consumers are using less olive oil, buying smaller formats and switching to lower-quality categories.

Jan. 16, 2024

Spain Set to Eliminate Value-Added Tax on Olive Oil Sales

The tax cut is part of wider efforts to address the rising cost of living. The measure would eliminate VAT on olive oil until June 30th.

Jan. 5, 2024

Buoyed by Awards, the Pope’s Official EVOO Producer Looks Ahead to Harvest

Pontiffs have traditionally favored extra virgin olive oils of Lazio. Domenico Sperlonga is following in the footsteps of his forefathers to serve Pope Francis.

Jan. 3, 2024

In South West France, Plans to Make More Olive Oil

Officials in Lot-et-Garonne plan to take advantage of the favorable climate and rich water resources to increase production.

Jan. 3, 2024

Upstart Belgian Importer Stakes Claim on the World Stage

The founders of ASUR source award-winning oils from Greece to sell in Belgium and the Netherlands, facing challenges associated with nascent olive oil markets.

Jan. 3, 2024

Tuscany Announces Funds to Prevent Olive Grove Abandonment

The measures are meant to encourage growers to take care of abandoned olive trees in difficult terrains and maintain them to prevent wildfire and pest development

Jan. 2, 2024

Rise in Production of Italian PDO and PGI Olive Oils, New Report Reveals

An estimated 23,500 operators produced 13,500 tons of extra virgin olive oil with geographical indications in 2022, but their export value remained stable at €62 million.

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