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E.U. Approves PGI for Apulian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Jan. 2, 2020
Ylenia Granitto

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The European Commission has approved the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Olio di Puglia,” which was pub­lished in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The PGI is reserved for the extra vir­gin olive oil pro­duced in the admin­is­tra­tive ter­ri­tory of the Puglia region, obtained from olives of the vari­eties Cellina di Nardò, Cima di Bitonto (or Ogliarola Barese, or Ogliarola Garganica), Cima di Melfi, Frantoio, Ogliarola salentina (or Cima di Mola), Coratina, Favolosa (or Fs-17), Leccino, and Peranzana.

The approved vari­eties can be used alone or in blends in which they con­sti­tute no less than 70 per­cent with other Italian vari­eties.

This is an impor­tant recog­ni­tion for Apulian olive grow­ers and Italian agri­cul­ture,” the pres­i­dent of the asso­ci­a­tion for the pro­tec­tion and val­oriza­tion of IGP Olio di Puglia, Pantaleo Piccinno, told Olive Oil Times.

It is a suc­cess in terms of ter­ri­to­ri­al­ity, as we have man­aged to ensure that all pro­duc­tion phases, includ­ing bot­tling, must take place in our region,” he said. This prod­uct is char­ac­ter­ized by excel­lent health prop­er­ties, given by a high con­tent of polyphe­nols, as well as fresh­ness, since only the olive oil pro­duced in the cur­rent crop year can be labeled as IGP Olio di Puglia.”


These points can be trans­lated into mar­ket­ing ele­ments but, above all, pro­vide an incen­tive for Apulian farm­ers, Piccinno said.

The PGI was made pos­si­ble thanks to the work by the mem­bers of the sci­en­tific com­mit­tee.

Special thanks go to Maria Lisa Clodoveo, Bernardo De Gennaro, Salvatore Camposeo, and Maurizio Servili, for hav­ing given strength and struc­ture to the argu­ments we have sub­mit­ted to Brussels, and to Fabrizio De Castro and Pietro Spagnoletti for their valu­able work in prepar­ing the pro­duc­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tion,” Piccinno said.

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