Spain’s Olive Harvest Marked by Lower Yields, Too Many Workers

With hordes heading to Andalusia looking for work at harvest time many will be turned away this year, while low prices and yield will cause some farmers to let the olives rot.

Olive Oil Industry Groups Reject Proposals for CAP Reform

Proposals include limiting the subsidies large farms can receive, and allocating a fixed amount per hectare rather than according to the production history -- a change that would see France and Spain lose the most, according to reports.
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Virgin Olive Oil Prices Hit Trigger Level for European Aid

The average price for virgin olive oil is now so low in Spain that the European Commission has no choice but to subsidize storage until the market improves, the Spanish government and olive oil producers said today.

Commissioner’s Answer Still “No” to Aid for Private Olive Oil Storage

Despite receiving a petition with 50,000 supporting signatures from Spain alone, the European Commission today stood firm on its rejection of calls for the introduction of private storage aid for olive oil.
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El País: The “Olive Oil Con”

The consolidation in the bottling industry is to blame for the critical imbalance in the value chain of Spain's olive oil industry, the Spanish newspaper reported today.