S. America

Jan. 5, 2021

Cultivating Olive Oil Culture Through the Recognition of Heritage Trees

By identifying centenary olive trees, the organizers of Sudoliva hope to promote olive oil culture in the Americas and help producers along the way.

Dec. 31, 2020

Uruguay Expects a Better Harvest Following a Disastrous One

Production is expected to rebound after a dismal harvest last year, but will not quite reach the highs of the 2018/19 crop.

Dec. 4, 2020

Spain, Uruguay Try to Revive Stalled EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement

Growing apathy in South America and hostility in Europe have thrown the future of the landmark deal into doubt. Uruguay and Spain have stepped in to try and breathe new life into what could be the world’s largest free trade deal.

Aug. 24, 2020

German Chancellor Casts Doubt Over Landmark E.U.-Mercosur Trade Deal

Angela Merkel is concerned that dropping E.U. tariffs on some agricultural products from Brazil will expedite deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Jun. 29, 2020

Production Declines Again in Argentina

While some producers simply entered an off-year in 2020, others had trouble finding workers to harvest their olives. Low global olive oil prices have also made production less profitable for all in the sector.

Jun. 16, 2020

An Olive Harvest in Peru Amid Sweeping Changes

Peruvian producers expect a 50-percent-lower yield this year while the Covid-19 pandemic increases consumption and changes in the sector abound.

Apr. 6, 2020

Chilean Producers Work to Prevent Harvest Disruption in the Face of Covid-19

Chilean olive oil producers prepare for an early harvest with a minimum of workers during the predicted peak of Covid-19 in the country.

Apr. 1, 2020

As Harvest Begins in Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil Records First Exports

Over the past two decades, olive oil production in southern Brazil has gone from one man's dream to a small but booming industry. As the 2020 harvest gets underway, producers in Rio Grande do Sul prepare for another trailblazing year.

Mar. 6, 2020

In Minas Gerais, Production and Tourism Go Hand in Hand

Among the fruit and coffee plantations of Minas Gerais, olive trees have taken root. Despite the region's unconventional climate, local producers are creating a new kind of olive oil culture in Brazil.

Jan. 10, 2020

Olive Oil Production, Exports Smash Records in Uruguay

In 2019, Uruguay quadrupled its olive oil production relative to the previous year. As trees come into maturity, production is likely to continue trending upwards.

Dec. 11, 2019

Argentine Producers Await Word on Export Policies As Harvest Nears

Producers in Argentina are expecting a better harvest this year as they look to a new government to spur more exports.

Oct. 17, 2019

Chile's First Olive Oil Guide Launched in Santiago

Guía Oliva 2019 reviews and rates extra virgin and flavored olive oils that are sold in Chile.

Sep. 9, 2019

Plans Stall for Buenos Aires 'Quality Stamp'

Researchers found that a regional mark to identify local olive oils would add value, but a lack of cooperation among producers has led to inaction.

Jul. 5, 2018

Production, Exports and Quality Main Issues for South American Producers

Representatives of the South American olive sector and government allies discussed the future of the sector, including the potential for an Olive Coordination Board for the Americas.

May. 31, 2018

Olive Council Session Returns to S. America

The 107th meeting of the organization will take place next month in Buenos Aires and will be followed by a seminar on olive growing in the Americas.

May. 29, 2018

Optimism Abounds in Argentina Olive Sector

Olive oil production is expected to grow by as much as 20 percent by 2019.

Apr. 12, 2018

Deoleo Agrees to Settle Lawsuit for $7 Million

The Spanish olive oil behemoth will settle with plaintiffs, paying out $7 million as well as agreeing to change labels and take measures to improve quality.

Feb. 5, 2018

Beef and Olive Oil Deal Breakers in Ongoing EU-Mercosur Talks

Sensitive agricultural products are the sticking points in the almost two-decade-long negotiations of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement.

Jan. 30, 2018

Poor Olive Harvests in Europe Lead to Boom in Exports From Mendoza

Olive oil sales in Mendoza doubled this year, mostly to Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United States, Mexico and Spain.

Nov. 21, 2017

Bi-Oceanic Corridor Would Boost Argentina's Exports

The Minister for Planning and Industry in La Rioja said that the provincial government had already been in talks with seven other provinces in both Argentina and Chile about making headway on the project.

Nov. 15, 2017

New Software Models Increase Efficiency of Olive Oil Production

This program takes factors such as the harvester's budget, potential climate risks and the level of synchronization between plantation and refineries into account before providing advice to olive growers.

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