COVID-19

Jul. 13, 2020

COVID-19 Inflicts €2 Billion of Losses on Italian Olive Oil Sector

Italy’s major farmers association attributes the bulk of losses to the shutdown of the nation’s foodservice sector during the pandemic and a precipitous drop in tourism.

Jul. 9, 2020

World's Oldest Sporting Event Delayed Due to Covid Concerns

The centuries-old Kırkpınar olive oil wrestling championship will reportedly not go ahead until the end of summer or autumn. The decision was made by the event organizers after consulting with Turkey’s Ministry of Health.

Jul. 8, 2020

Famed New York Culinary School Will Close Its Doors

The International Culinary Center will be absorbed by New York's Institute for Culinary Education.

Jul. 7, 2020

Poor Demand for Kalamata Olives in Greece

Thousands of tons of Kalamata olives remain idle in many producing territories of the country as a result of the pandemic and the closure of eateries.

Jul. 7, 2020

EVOO Consumption in Italy Predicted to Grow Even As Consumer Spending Falls

The increase in olive oil consumption is partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led consumers to change their eating priorities.

Jul. 6, 2020

Trade Group Donates 190k Liters of Pomace Oil to Hospitality Sector in Spain

In the wake of the pandemic, the Spanish interprofessional, Oriva, will distribute the refined oil to 12,500 hotels, restaurants and caterers.

Jun. 9, 2020

Italian Farmhouses Push to Revitalize Tourism in Pandemic's Wake

An association of Italian farmers warns that the sector could lose €1 billion in 2020. As the lockdown eases, farmhouses are finding new ways to safely attract tourists.

Jun. 5, 2020

USDA Predicts Global Olive Oil Production To Decrease Again

The United States Department of Agriculture predicts that global olive oil production will fall by nearly three percent, to 3.03 million tons, in the 2020/21 crop year.

Jun. 3, 2020

Plant-Based Food Sales Skyrocket as U.S. Consumers Seek Healthier Options

While the data show that plant-based food sales in the United States grew by 90 percent over the same period last year, anecdotal evidence suggests olive oil sales grew with them.

May. 26, 2020

Spain Requests More EU Support for Olive Oil Producers

Spain has asked the European Commission to afford olive oil producers similar protection to other agriculturalists.

May. 26, 2020

Europe Announces 'Flexible' Support Programs for Olive Oil Producers

The latest measures by the European Commission will provide olive oil ands table olive producers with access to low-interest loans and change the funding priorities of the sector to help combat economic problems caused by 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.

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.

Apr. 3, 2020

UN, WHO and WTO Call for Action Amid Threats to Food Supply

In a rare joint statement, the three bodies say measures are necessary to intercept a global food crisis due to the coronavirus trade restrictions.

Apr. 2, 2020

Transporters Warn of Effects of COVID-19 Measures on Food Supply

European logistics firms fear the quarantine measures and bureaucratic hurdles, while consumer demand keeps growing.

Mar. 31, 2020

Europe's Supply of Fruits and Vegetables Hindered by COVID-19 Restrictions

Travel restrictions are keeping agricultural laborers from their seasonal jobs, leaving crops unharvested amid the coronavirus emergency.

Mar. 31, 2020

Coronavirus Impacts Australian Growers as Harvest Nears

While much of the world grinds to a halt in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, olive growers in Australia are getting ready to harvest.

Mar. 30, 2020

Olive Growers and Producers Support Compatriots in Italy

As everything but essential work remains halted in Italy, olive oil producers are finding new ways to persevere, while raising money to help the nation's overwhelmed healthcare service.

Mar. 30, 2020

Domestic Consumption Rises in Greece Amid COVID-19, Economic Growth Predicted to Halt

Greek olive oil remains in high demand among national consumers as the country's economic growth is predicted to grind to a halt.

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