Production

Jan. 21, 2021

Researchers Develop a Method to Retrieve the Sugar in Olive Pits

The high quality of the raw material, mostly glucose, allows its use in food and pharmaceutical applications.

Jan. 20, 2021

Harvest Winds Down in Greece with Mixed Results

Good quality and mediocre quantity characterize the 2020 season in Greece, as the pandemic continues its reign of challenges and uncertainties for producers.

Jan. 15, 2021

Producers Warn of 'Incalculable Damage' in Wake of Filomena

Asaja Madrid estimates that the region's olive harvest will fall by 35 percent as a result of the blizzard.

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. 30, 2020

Consumption, Exports of Italian PDOs and PGIs Keep Growing

A survey shows that exports and consumption of Italian extra virgin olive oils with geographical indications grew steadily over five years.

Dec. 29, 2020

Spain Seeks New Technology for Olive Oil Quality Testing

Spain’s central government is working with local authorities and members of the olive oil sector to improve olive oil testing and quality standards.

Dec. 18, 2020

Global Olive Oil Production Dips to Four-Year Low

Tunisia, Italy, Portugal and Algeria experienced the largest production decreases. Lower yields throughout much of the world were partially offset by a bumper harvest in Spain and a good year in Morocco.

Dec. 18, 2020

California Yield Will Be Lower than Predicted

Climate and COVID-19 complicated the harvest for many producers as they entered an off-year, but quality is reportedly as high as ever.

Dec. 16, 2020

Europe Launches Comprehensive Database of Geographical Indications

The new platform, GIView, contains information on every geographical indication in Europe.

Dec. 15, 2020

Scientists in Spain Identify Olive Genes Resistant to Common Pathogen

Researchers at IFAPA have identified several genes that provide resistance to the fungi that cause Verticillium wilt.

Dec. 14, 2020

Pandemic and Weather Extremes Compound an Off-Year in Turkey

Bad springtime weather and logistic challenges have made what was expected to be a tough year even worse.

Dec. 4, 2020

Italian Olive Oil Production Off by Nearly a Third This Year, Forecasts Suggest

The most significant drops in yield have been reported in the south, while northern and central Italy recorded some increases.

Dec. 1, 2020

Producers Transform Olives from Monumental Trees into Medicine on Crete

Along with producing award-winning extra virgin olive oil from their centuries-old trees, Eftihis Androulakis and Michalis Marakas are making inroads into the food supplement business. Their high-phenolic olive oils are being prescribed doctors in Belgium.

Sep. 22, 2020

Olive Flies in Spain Are Immune to Common Pesticide, Study Finds

Roughly 80 percent of olive fruit fly populations on the mainland have genes that confer resistance to one of the most popular pesticides.

Sep. 21, 2020

Some Signs Suggest Better Outlook for Greek Farmers

Lower yield predictions in Spain and Italy open new hopes for Greek olive growers as harvesting begins.

Sep. 21, 2020

Climate Change Transforming Europe's Agriculture, Report Finds

Crops like apricots and nectarines typical in the south are beginning to appear in northern regions, while in Mediterranean regions, tropical weather is hitting vineyards and olive groves.

Sep. 16, 2020

Climate and COVID Worry Farmers Preparing for Harvest

An Olive Oil Times survey reveals a season of growing uncertainties and challenges for olive oil producers.

Sep. 14, 2020

Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Italy's Olive Oil Producers

Extreme weather events – ranging from hail storms to flash flooding – have impacted olive growers across Italy. For many farmers, hopes of a promising harvest have washed away.

Sep. 8, 2020

Authorities Investigate New Olive Tree Pathogen in Northeast Italy

The Venetian regional government has teamed up with farmers and researchers to find the cause of an ongoing outbreak

Aug. 31, 2020

Mounting Concerns in Greece as Harvest Nears

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and persistently low olive oil prices remain the biggest worries for producers.

Aug. 21, 2020

Spain's Farmers Welcome Low Harvest Forecasts

An official for one of Spain’s main agricultural unions argues that steadily rising global consumption paired with a decrease in production may lead to more demand for Spanish olive oil and cause prices to rise.

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