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Industry Notables Set to Testify at USITC Hearing

Nov. 30, 2012
Denise Johnson

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Adam Englehardt, Vice President of Orchard Operations at California Olive Ranch, will be among the first to tes­tify at a Dec. 5 pub­lic hear­ing on olive oil com­pet­i­tive­ness at the United States International Trade Commission.

The United States International Trade Commission will begin an inves­ti­ga­tion into the com­pet­i­tives­ness of the olive oil indus­try with a pub­lic hear­ing Wednesday in Washington. The USITC will col­lect infor­ma­tion on the 2008 – 2012 prac­tices of major olive oil sup­pli­ers world­wide, empha­siz­ing the U.S., Spain, Italy and North African pro­duc­ers.

Representatives from the largest American pro­ducer, California Olive Ranch, will begin the pro­ces­sion of wit­nesses from three con­ti­nents sched­uled to tes­tify includ­ing sci­en­tists from the University of California at Davis, author Tom Mueller, olive oil importers, and pro­duc­ers from Georgia, Florida and Texas.

As of November 29, 2012 at 9:50 a.m.

TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF PUBLIC HEARING

Those listed below are sched­uled to appear as wit­nesses at the United States International Trade Commission’s hear­ing:

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Subject: Olive Oil: Conditions of Competition between U.S. and Major Foreign Supplier Industries

Inv. No.: 332 – 537

Date and Time: December 5, 2012 — 10:30 a.m.

Sessions will be held in con­nec­tion with this inves­ti­ga­tion in the Main Hearing Room (room 101), 500 E Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

ORGANIZATION AND WITNESS: TIME ALLOCATION:

PANEL 1 60 min­utes total

California Olive Ranch
Oroville, CA

Adam Englehardt, Vice President of Orchard Operations

California Olive Oil Council
Berkeley, CA

Patricia Darragh, Executive Director

California Olive Ranch
Oroville, CA

Gregg Kelley, Chief Executive Officer

The Bari Olive Oil Company
Dinuba, CA

Kyle Sawatzky, Owner and Sales Manager

Enzo Olive Oil Company
Madera, CA

Pat Ricchuiti, President

Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery
Watsonville, CA

Bruce Golino, Founder

California State University Fresno
Center for Agricultural Business
Fresno, CA

Dr. Mickey Paggi, Director

University of California, Davis
Davis, CA

Dr. Selina Wang, Director of Research

Tom Mueller, Author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous
World of Olive Oil”

ORGANIZATION AND WITNESS: TIME ALLOCATION:

PANEL 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 24 min­utes
Washington, D.C.
on behalf of

North American Olive Oil Association (“NAOOA”)

Eryn Balch, Executive Vice President, NAOOA

Frank Patton, Chief Executive Officer, Pompeian, Inc.

John Sessler, Chief Executive Officer, JCS Tradecom;
and Chairman of the NAOOA Executive Committee

Valeria A. Slater )
J. David Park )
Brian Pomper ) – OF COUNSEL
Bernd G. Janzen )
Sally S. Liang )

American Olive Oil Producers Association 8 min­utes
Clovis, CA

Alex Ott, Executive Director

Boundary Bend Limited 8 min­utes
Victoria, Australia

Leandro Ravetti, Executive Director

Charles Sturt University – Australia 8 min­utes
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation
Bathurst, Australia

Dr. Rodney Mailer, Associate Graham Centre Member

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation 8 min­utes
Brooks, CA

Marshall McKay, Chairman

ORGANIZATION AND WITNESS: TIME ALLOCATION:

PANEL 3 60 min­utes total

Georgia Olive Farms
Lakeland, GA

Jason Shaw, President

The University of Georgia
Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development
Athens, GA

Kent Wolfe, Director

Georgia State Department of Agriculture
Atlanta, GA

Sydne Smith, Policy Director

Cowgirl Brands LLC
Dallas, TX

Karen Lee, President

Next Door Pantry LLC
New Braunfels, TX

Abigail Rutledge, President

Central Texas Olive Ranch, LLC
Granger, TX
Joshua Swafford, Executive Vice President

Farrell’s Olive Orchard & Nursery
Artesia Wells, TX

G. D. Jerry Farrell, Owner

Texas Olive Ranch
Dallas, TX

Jim Henry, President, Texas Olive Ranch; and
Founding Director, Texas Olive Oil Council

The Florida Olive Council, LAA
Gainesville, FL

Michael O’Hara Garcia, President

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The hear­ing, and the USITC inves­ti­ga­tion, is the lat­est and most high-pro­file ini­tia­tive of an expand­ing group of New World olive oil pro­duc­ers seek­ing a lev­el­ing of the field of com­pe­ti­tion with European and North African imports.


John Sessler, Chairman of the North American Olive Oil Association

Importers will be rep­re­sented at the hear­ing by the North American Olive Oil Association and the Washington law firm, Akin Gump.

Olive Oil Times will be cov­er­ing the hear­ing.


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