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Jun. 7, 2021

Inclement Weather Dampens Argentina Olive Harvest, But Quality Remains High

Estimates for the 2021 harvest see production falling or remaining steady. Producers say they are more concerned about exports and prices.

May. 20, 2021

Deforestation and Industrial Agriculture Spur Zoonotic Diseases, Study Finds

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, new research examines the association between the emergence of zoonotic diseases, forest clearance and monocultures.

May. 17, 2021

Chilean Producers Manage a Hard Year to a Promising Harvest

Chile is expected to produce roughly 20,000 tons of olive oil in 2021. Producers have renewed focus on quality to help their brands stand out.

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Apr. 26, 2021

South American Olive Oil Conference Goes Online

Attendees can listen to prerecorded lectures on a range of topics online. Presenters see this as a positive step for the continent’s olive oil sector.

Apr. 26, 2021

World Olive Oil Competition Entries Way Up From Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Greece

Producers signed up in record numbers to compete on the world stage, and many submitted new product variations to distinguish their brands in the global marketplace.

Apr. 20, 2021

Olive Oil Consumption Hits Record High in Australia

The International Olive Council predicts that Australians will consume 51,000 tons of olive oil in the 2020/21 fiscal campaign ahead of what could be a record harvest for producers.

Mar. 31, 2021

USDA Funds More Covid Relief Aid for Farmers

Along with extending additional aid to farmers who did not receive any in the previous round, the package adds funding for many other programs, including organic certification.

Mar. 15, 2021

Studies Suggest EVOO Helps Reduce Covid Symptoms

Extra virgin olive oil and other key foods in the Mediterranean diet lower the risk of a cytokine storm, boost the immune system and have antiviral properties.

Feb. 15, 2021

Olive Oil Permeates Greek Social Fabric in Time of Need

From charitable efforts to reversing desertification, olive trees and olive oil continue to play a fundamental role in Greek society.

Feb. 11, 2021

Catalan Producers Emphasize History and Sustainability in Tourism Initiative

The award-winning producers Mil & Un Verd are on a mission: preserve the historical structures and millennial olive trees of their estate while sustainably producing extra virgin olive oil from native varieties.

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Feb. 11, 2021

Andalusian Festival Inaugurates Virtual Event

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced some parts of La Molienda de Riogordo olive oil festival online. Organizers are capitalizing on the opportunity to offer an English-language version.

Jan. 4, 2021

California Table Olive Harvest Exceeds Expectations Despite Pandemic, Wildfires

The table olive harvest in the Golden State was between 9,000 and 15,000 tons larger than initially expected. The transition to high density groves has increased efficiency and quality, one of the state's main producers said.

Dec. 28, 2020

California Farmer Learns to Adapt to Constant Change

Challenges created by the pandemic and climate change prompted an award-winning producer to go with the flow.

Dec. 22, 2020

Producers in Greece Adapt to Challenging Harvest

Greek producers have shown resourcefulness in dealing with the exceptional challenges of the 2020 harvest, supported by their knowledge of the industry and their clients.

Dec. 14, 2020

Pandemic and Weather Extremes Compound an Off-Year in Turkey

Bad springtime weather and logistic challenges have made what was expected to be a tough year even worse.

Dec. 1, 2020

In Spain, Some See New Opportunities for Tourism in Pandemic's Wake

2020 gave outdoor activities a newfound importance. Efforts are underway to ensure that the olive oil industry is poised to capitalize on the shift.

Nov. 18, 2020

Covid Relief Program Could Also Help Italy's Olive Oil Storage Problem

Producers in Italy warn that storage facilities are filling up quickly just weeks into the harvest. Low demand from the restaurant and hospitality sector has caused the backlog.

Nov. 18, 2020

Second Wave of Covid Hampers Harvest in Greece

A newly-imposed lockdown has brought Greece to a standstill and created a logistical nightmare for olive growers. Some health experts believe the start of the harvest is partly responsible for the spread of the virus.

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