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May. 21, 2020

Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Jaén Granted PGI Status

Olive oil from the Jaén region has been approved by the European Commission for PGI status and added to the official register of 1,470 protected products.

May. 21, 2020

Greek Producers Continue to Celebrate Record Year at 2020 NYIOOC

Celebrating good results after a tough year and acknowledging the steps needed to continue producing high-quality oil in a changing climate were among the themes discussed by winning producers.

May. 20, 2020

Monumental Olive Trees in Cyprus Destroyed by Wildfires

Wildfires ravaged northern Cyprus last weekend, destroying tens of thousands of acres of crops and forest. Olive growers and oil producers, already struggling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, are facing additional challenges in the aftermath of the blaze.

May. 15, 2020

Award-Winning Portuguese Producers React to Initial NYIOOC Results

With 16 awards so far, Portuguese producers have built on their traditionally strong performance at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality competition while they underscore the diversity of the region's offerings.

May. 13, 2020

Spanish Producers Among the Early Winners at 2020 NYIOOC

With 25 awards so far, Spain and Italy lead this year's ranking at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest, which is unveiling the results throughout the week.

May. 13, 2020

Golden Year for Tuscan Producers as Early NYIOOC Results Unfold

As results from the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest continue to unfold online, producers in Tuscany have already struck gold.

May. 11, 2020

Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers

Sicilian farmers struggle with drought and a severe sales slump as consumers move to cheaper, imported oil blends, leaving premium local EVOOs on grocery shelves.

May. 7, 2020

Producers: Spanish Olive Oil Prices Inconsistent With Market Conditions

Spanish farmers and growers have had to contend with sales prices well below the production costs for two seasons in a row. COAG is now demanding an official investigation on prices that have shrunk 37 percent since March 2018

May. 5, 2020

Lockdown Extension Adds to Setbacks for Italian Producers

The extension, in an area that was mostly spared by the virus outbreak that ran wild in northern Italy, has prompted local institutions to call on the central government to let their region set its own course of economic recovery.

May. 1, 2020

EU Olive Oil Production Estimates Released

A smaller yield is expected in Spain compared to last season, with Italy and Greece bouncing back from their previously poor harvests.

Apr. 29, 2020

European Geographical Indicators Valued at More Than $80 Billion

A study from the European Commission found that extra virgin olive oils make up $326 million of the total value of European geographical indicators. PDO and PGI oils from Spain and Italy account for nearly 40 percent of that amount.

Apr. 28, 2020

Argentina Exits Mercosur Trade Negotiations

The move comes as a blow to olive oil producers who may lose out while the rest of the bloc negotiates free trade deals with South Korea and Canada. Argentina will continue working with the Mercosur to implement a previously agreed deal with the European Union.

Apr. 24, 2020

Andalusia Declared Free of Xylella

After an incident in 2018, an action plan led to the examination of more than 1,600 plant species and the creation of inspection zones to test for the existence of the bacterium.

Apr. 24, 2020

EU Introduces Standards for Use of Reclaimed Water for Irrigation

New measures aim to promote the reuse of city wastewater for the irrigation of farmland.

Apr. 24, 2020

Coronavirus Crisis Hits Small Producers Hardest in Portugal

Domestic consumption has dried up as restaurants close and hotel rooms sit empty. Exports have also dropped as countries around the world cancel their orders for Portuguese oil.

Apr. 22, 2020

EU Program Offers Funding for Projects That Combine Robotics, Agriculture

Robotics companies and farmers can compete for grants from a program aimed at strengthening the European network of digital innovators.

Apr. 21, 2020

Drought, Worker Shortages and Roaming Boars: Challenges Mount for Italy's Farmers

Thousands of small farmers are having to contend with seasonal labor shortages, a lack of spare parts for their machines, severe drought and wild boars roaming through unworked fields. Italian agriculture is facing challenges from all directions in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apr. 21, 2020

Italian Production in 2019 Exceeds Initial Estimates

Italian olive oil production reached 365,000 tons, an increase of 110 percent compared to 2018 and 25,000 tons higher than initial estimates. Consumption, imports and exports also increased.

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