COVID-19

May. 11, 2020

Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers

Sicilian farmers struggle with drought and a severe sales slump as consumers move to cheaper, imported oil blends, leaving premium local EVOOs on grocery shelves.

May. 7, 2020

Experts: Sustainable Farming Will Play Key Role in Post-Pandemic World

The population's priorities will shift in a post-coronavirus world, demanding ethical and sustainable production from farmers and distributors in the years ahead.

May. 5, 2020

Lockdown Extension Adds to Setbacks for Italian Producers

The extension, in an area that was mostly spared by the virus outbreak that ran wild in northern Italy, has prompted local institutions to call on the central government to let their region set its own course of economic recovery.

May. 5, 2020

Pandemic Delays Argentina's Exports

Dropping demand for table olives and olive oil in Brazil combined with low prices for both mean many producers are having problems remaining solvent. Some are getting emergency loans while others cut costs.

May. 1, 2020

Olivum Teams up With Local Charity to Feed Families in Need

The Alentejo Olive Oil Association is donating enough olive oil to help prepare 14,000 meals for unemployed families and others in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr. 29, 2020

Tunisia Exports 146,000 Tons of Olive Oil Amid COVID-19 Crisis

While Tunisia's exports of olive oil slowed during the coronavirus crisis, the country had seen relative success in continuing activity and reaching foreign markets.

Apr. 17, 2020

Uruguay Anticipates Poor Harvest Amid Pandemic

Uruguayan olive oil producers are expecting a 60-percent production decrease in 2020, after a record-breaking harvest in 2019. The coronavirus toll on tourism, exports and production costs are hurting their profitability.

Apr. 17, 2020

Producers in Spain Prepare for New Reality as Crisis Grinds On

The immediate economic impact of the coronavirus crisis is being felt by producers in Spain to varying degrees as they gauge its lasting effects on the sector.

Apr. 14, 2020

Europe Approves €1B in Aid for Greek Agriculture

Farming enterprises are eligible to receive up to €100,000 ($109,000) in repayable advances under the aid program.

Apr. 13, 2020

U.S. Olive Oil Imports Fall Due to Coronavirus

The U.S. olive oil import market has seen significant declines in the first two months of 2020, with a continued fall predicted for the remainder of the year.

Apr. 8, 2020

Olive Harvest in South Africa Proceeds Largely Unhindered

South Africa is in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but with the necessary permits, EVOO producers continue harvesting.

Apr. 6, 2020

Argentina Olive Harvest Begins Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

As the coronavirus spreads through Argentina, olive growers and oil producers are facing complications both during and after the harvest. Small producers are likely to be impacted the most.

Apr. 6, 2020

Chilean Producers Work to Prevent Harvest Disruption in the Face of COVID-19

Chilean olive oil producers prepare for an early harvest with a minimum of workers during the predicted peak of COVID-19 in the country.

Feb. 27, 2020

Coronavirus Epidemic Hits Italy's Agriculture Sector

The rising number of coronavirus infections across northern Italy has impacted every corner of the country's agriculture sector, from harvesting and production to tourism and exports.

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