S. America

Oct. 26, 2021

Olive Oil Producers in Chile Hail a Record Yield

Chile produced 25,500 tons of olive oil in the 2020/21 crop year. But despite the bumper crop, exports fell substantially.

Jul. 8, 2021

Olive Oil Production In Uruguay Set to Rebound

Production will not exceed the record highs of 2019 but is expected to reach 1,900 tons. Producers report that quality is as high as ever.

Jun. 30, 2021

South American Producers Celebrate NYIOOC Victories After Tough Year

The pandemic and difficult climatic conditions hampered the harvests of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, yet these producers managed to win the industry's most coveted quality awards.

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Jun. 16, 2021

Rising Demand for Virgin Olive Oils Drives Imports in Brazil

Data from the International Olive Council shows that Brazil’s appetite for olive oil and table olives has weathered the pandemic, with imports of both continuing to rise.

Jun. 7, 2021

Inclement Weather Dampens Argentina Olive Harvest, But Quality Remains High

Estimates for the 2021 harvest see production falling or remaining steady. Producers say they are more concerned about exports and prices.

Jun. 7, 2021

Renewed Focus on Quality Pays Off for Brazilian Producers at 2021 NYIOOC

Brazilian producers earned a record-high 18 awards at the World Olive Oil Competition from 19 entries.

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.

Jun. 9, 2020

Pandemic, Drought Slow Chilean Harvest

Chile's worsening coronavirus outbreak has added to the challenges facing producers who nevertheless remain optimistic about the quality of their harvests.

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. 5, 2020

Pandemic Delays Argentina's Exports

Dropping demand for table olives and olive oil in Brazil combined with low prices for both mean many producers are having problems remaining solvent. Some are getting emergency loans while others cut costs.

Apr. 17, 2020

Uruguay Anticipates Poor Harvest Amid Pandemic

Uruguayan olive oil producers are expecting a 60 percent production decrease in 2020, after a record-breaking harvest in 2019. The coronavirus toll on tourism, exports and production costs are hurting their profitability.

Nov. 13, 2018

'Sabor Oliva' Joins Uruguayan Producers and Public

Fewer producers attended this year's edition, but spirits were high among attendees. After a disastrous 2018 harvest, producers say they are hoping to set a record in the next campaign.

Nov. 9, 2018

Olive Oil Imports Reach Record in Brazil

Only the United States and Italy import more olive as consumption continues to grow in Latin America’s most populous country.

Nov. 7, 2018

Chilean Olive Oils on the Rise, but Challenges Await

Production hit a record high and domestic consumption is slowly growing, but some involved with the sector believe a few of the country’s largest challenges still lie ahead.

Oct. 5, 2018

Brazilian Guidebook Profiles Local Producers

The second edition of a guide to Brazilian olive oils tells stories of the people behind the products.

Aug. 30, 2018

Spain's Dcoop Acquires Stake in California Table Olive Producer Bell-Carter

Spain's largest olive oil cooperative and its Moroccan partner have acquired 20 percent of the company partially responsible for U.S. tariffs on Spanish olives in an effort to avoid paying them.

Aug. 22, 2018

Peru Rediscovers Its Own Olive Oils

Peru has a centenary tradition of olive cultivation which started in the colonial period but was soon interrupted. In the last decades, the spotlight on gastronomy and Peruvian cuisine has created a renewed interest in domestic olive oil production.

Jul. 18, 2018

In Western Argentina, Rising Energy Costs Worry Some Olive Growers

As Argentina's energy minister deregulates the sector and electricity costs shoot up, olive farmers are feeling the effects.

Jul. 11, 2018

CEO of Largest Olive Oil Company Calls the Industry's Business Model 'Broken'

Pierluigi Tosato spoke today to a group representing major importers and said the industry was going about it all wrong.

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