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Mar. 16, 2021

New Legislation Aims to Limit Use of ‘California’ on Olive Oil Labels

Supporters of Assembly Bill 535 say it will protect California growers from unfair business practices. Detractors believe the bill punishes large producers and is unconstitutional.

Mar. 5, 2021

Europe, U.S. Agree to Freeze Tariffs for Four Months

The decision came after a phone call between the U.S. president and European commissioner and will give the two sides time to negotiate a new trade deal.

Mar. 5, 2021

Costco Poised for Upturn in U.S. Olive Oil Consumption

Trends seen at America’s fourth-largest retailer may predict where the olive oil sector is going.

Oct. 8, 2020

Harvest Underway in California Amid Historic Wildfires, Covid Concerns

Producers are predicting smaller yields than last year. The record wildfires appear to have had a minimal effect on the state's olive farmers.

Sep. 22, 2020

USDA Extends Coronavirus Relief to Olive Growers

The USDA has made $14 billion available in its second round of relief for farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sep. 21, 2020

Olive Center Founder Steps Down After 12 Years

Dan Flynn has announced he will resign as the executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center. His successor’s main challenge will be expanding the center’s financial base.

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. 19, 2020

U.S. Rejects E.U. Demand to Drop Tariffs on Agricultural Goods

Tariffs on Spanish olive oil and French and Spanish table olives will remain at 25 percent however, after the U.S. opted not to increase them.

Aug. 7, 2020

California Trade Group Rescinds Membership Agreement After Backlash

Forty six member producers – representing a majority of the COOC’s production and revenue – condemned the change to the agreement, arguing it devalued the trade association and California olive oil.

Jul. 10, 2020

Goya CEO Faces Backlash for Praising Trump

Politicians, restaurateurs and consumers are calling for a boycott of the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States after its CEO lavished praise on the president.

Jul. 8, 2020

Famed New York Culinary School Will Close Its Doors

The International Culinary Center will be absorbed by New York's Institute for Culinary Education.

Jun. 30, 2020

U.S. Considers New Tariffs on European Olives and Olive Oils

The U.S. Trade Representative is considering whether to increase existing tariffs on imports from the European Union as well as implement new ones.

Jun. 30, 2020

Proposed Bill Gives U.S. Agricultural Sector Easier Access to Emissions Trading

Newly proposed legislation in the United States seeks to create additional sources of revenue for the agricultural sector while helping to cut down on greenhouse gases.

Jun. 3, 2020

Plant-Based Food Sales Skyrocket as U.S. Consumers Seek Healthier Options

While the data show that plant-based food sales in the United States grew by 90 percent over the same period last year, anecdotal evidence suggests olive oil sales grew with them.

Jun. 2, 2020

More U.S. States Home to Award-Winning Olive Oils

Producers from Georgia, Oregon and Texas combined to win seven awards at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest, demonstrating that California is not the only part of the U.S. producing high-quality oils.

May. 27, 2020

Trade Group Petitions FDA for Olive Oil Standard of Identity

The North American Olive Oil Association seeks to establish an olive oil standard of identity, which the association said will help prevent fraud and increase consumer confidence in olive oil.

May. 25, 2020

Latin American Producers Celebrate Another Successful Year at NYIOOC

Producers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico overcame drought and other challenges during the 2019 harvest to win a combined 14 awards at the World Olive Oil Competition.

May. 18, 2020

Record Wins for American Producers at World Olive Oil Competition

American producers took home a record-high 56 Gold and 18 Silver Awards at the world's premier olive oil quality competition. Only Spanish and Italian producers received more.

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