Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne

New Seal Program Aims to Regain Consumer Confidence

The Extra Virgin Alliance says it will test olive oils on store shelves to improve the supply chain and restore consumer trust.

American Olive Oil Producers Draft Federal Marketing Order

American olive oil producers are drafting a federal marketing order that would set higher quality standards, redefine grades and require new testing of all olive oil produced here.
Special Report

Sensory Evaluation Classes Return to Paso Robles Olive Festival

In their second year at the Olive Festival, the classes are part of the olive oil short courses offered by the U.C. Davis Olive Center.

Change in the Air at California Olive Oil Council Meeting

There was a sense at this week's meeting in Monterey that the local industry stood at a pivotal moment with unprecedented challenges and opportunities.
Olive Oil Times Special

“Slippery Business” Journalist Tom Mueller Speaks at UC Davis

Mueller's investigation of adulteration and unethical practices helped to advance the cause of advocates of olive oil standards reform in the US.

Good Oils Gone Bad: Recognizing Olive Oil Defects

What good olive oil tastes like and how to recognize some of the defects in an oil past its prime.
Special Report

An Introduction to Olive Oil Tasting

In the first in a series of articles addressing basic consumer questions about olive oil written by leading experts, Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne explains olive oil tasting and food-pairing.

New U.S. Olive Oil Standards in Effect Today

Producers who choose to label their product "US Extra Virgin Olive Oil" may now begin the process of having it inspected and certified by the USDA.