Turkey

Redemption for Orhan Okulu at 657th Kirkpinar

Last year's runner-up has now claimed victory at the 2018 Kirkpinar olive oil wrestling championship.

Olive Skills Help Rehabilitate Turkish Prisoners

In addition to pressing the olives grown on prison land, the facility also charges locals a small fee to process their olives.
Special Report

Turkish Olive Oil Giant Opening New Facility in Germany

In a move seen as an opportunity for the Turkish firm to circumvent the European Union’s import quota on Turkish olive oil, Marmarabirlik, is preparing to open storage and processing facilities in Cologne, Germany.

Ismail Balaban Wins 656th Kirkpinar

Balaban narrowly missed out on the title in 2013, when he was beaten by Ali Gürbüz, who was later stripped of the title when he was exposed as one of 16 oil wrestlers who had tested positive for banned substances.
Olive Oil Times Special

Wildfire Destroys Grove in Turkey

In an ironic twist of fate, Turkey's olive trees had just been saved from proposed changes to the country's “olive law” when they went up in flames.

Turkey Removes Controversial Article in ‘Olive Law’

While the decision was welcomed, olive oil industry leaders fear the issue will crop up again.
Special Report

Turkey’s Prime Minister Fuels ‘Olive Law’ Debate

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim appeared to support the proposed changes to the law that protects small groves in comments he made at a meeting on June 3rd.

Turkish Government Backtracks Proposed Changes to ‘Olive Law’

The draft proposal which the government claimed was to support the development of industry and production was highly criticized by the olive oil industry and opposition parties and as it threatened the country’s olive oil production.