California Olive Oil Council

Jan. 8, 2020

COOC Names New Exec. Director

Patricia King has been named executive director for the California Olive Oil Council after Patty Darragh's retirement last fall after 22 years with the council.

Oct. 2, 2018

Unusual Weather Leads to Dismal Harvest in California

Amid a harvest impacted by late winter temperature fluctuations, California is expecting a 30-percent drop in olive oil production this season.

Aug. 27, 2018

California Olive Ranch Announces Expansion

A $35-million equity infusion is being used to add more than 2,000 acres of farm fields, additional infrastructure, staffing and research and development, the company revealed.

Jun. 11, 2018

Unusual Weather Could Be Problematic for California Olive Crop

A warm winter followed by several spring cold snaps have led to fewer olive trees blooming in central California.

Oct. 23, 2017

Wildfires Not Expected to Impact Record Olive Oil Production in California

The 2017 harvest is on track for a record production of 4.3 million gallons, according to the California Olive Oil Council.

Aug. 7, 2017

COOC's Patricia Darragh: 20 Years With California Olive Oil

Patricia Darragh discussed advances in standards and education, and her own fiery passion for the olive oil industry.

Aug. 21, 2014

Drought Just a Bump in the Road for California Olive Oil

Despite the long-lasting drought, domestic production is increasing as Americans become more educated about local olive oils.

Jul. 22, 2014

Divergent Views on Proposed California Olive Oil Standards

Forty-nine witnesses testified on proposed olive oil grading and labeling standards, and many others submitted written comments.

May. 6, 2014

Who’s Who On New Olive Oil Commission of California

To improve the state’s competitiveness the commission is expected to set meaningful and mandatory olive oil standards.

Mar. 29, 2014

California Producers Approve State Olive Oil Commission

California producers voted into existence a new Olive Oil Commission of California with an eye toward enhancing the competitiveness of the state’s olive oil industry.

Jan. 24, 2014

Importers and California Producers Begin a Dialogue in Davis

In an unlikely meeting, California olive oil producers met with major olive oil importers at U.C. Davis to find common ground.

Sep. 25, 2013

California Establishes Olive Oil Commission

The California Olive Oil Commission would conduct research and recommend olive oil grades and labeling standards in the state.

Sep. 10, 2013

Bill to Create California Olive Oil Commission Clears Senate

The Senate approved a measure to establish a state commission to strengthen the competitiveness of California’s olive oil industry.

Nov. 23, 2010

California Survey Confirms Olive Oil Boom

"We estimated 1.1 million gallons, but it gave people the opportunity to do a comparison to a country very well known as a producer, which is thrilling.” Patricia Darragh

Oct. 25, 2010

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.

Aug. 13, 2010

EVOO and A-Rod: The Dawn of Olive Oil's Era of Testing

The lawsuit was announced in typical American fashion, complete with a celebrity chef. Maybe this is what it needed to come to. Nothing happens here without buzz.

Aug. 4, 2010

Lawsuit Targets Olive Oil Brands Denounced in Davis Study

The lawsuit is the latest development in the unfolding aftermath of the Davis study which was financed, in part, by olive oil producers in California.

Jul. 26, 2010

Davis Olive Center Chemist, NAOOA's Bauer on NPR

Debate continues to swirl around the recent UC Davis Olive Center's report that found most imported extra virgin olive oils sampled did not meet international standards.

Jul. 14, 2010

In America, Olive Oil from Coast to Coast

You can thank the booming California industry for the buzz around olive oil in the States these days, but East Coasters aren't exactly virgins to the concept.

May. 7, 2010

Californians Rejoice After USDA Revises 1948 Standards

"It’s been a long journey for us" says Patty Darragh of the California Olive Oil Council.

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