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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.

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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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Nov. 11, 2020

Olive Oil Consumption in Spain Increased During State of Emergency

Olive oil consumption was 20 percent higher during the four-month-long state of alarm than it was before or after the emergency declaration, a government report found.

Nov. 9, 2020

Italy’s New Lockdown Hits Olive Oil Sector, Again

New Covid containment measures threaten the rise in domestic olive oil consumption that has buoyed the sector.

Nov. 9, 2020

Volunteers Lend a Hand in Italy's Olive Harvest to Help Those in Need

Across Italy, students and volunteers are flocking to the olive groves to help with the harvest. The olive oil they help produce is destined for those in need from Sicily to Lombardy.

Nov. 5, 2020

Bumper Harvest in Spain Comes With Drought, Coronavirus Concerns

Spain is expected to produce 1.6 million tons of olive oil this season. Slowing sales in the hospitality sector and a dry summer and spring have some producers concerned.

Oct. 14, 2020

U.N. World Food Program Wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The WFP was awarded for its contributions to combat hunger and efforts to create better conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.

Oct. 8, 2020

Harvest Underway in California Amid Historic Wildfires, Covid Concerns

Producers are predicting smaller yields than last year. The record wildfires appear to have had a minimal effect on the state's olive farmers.

Oct. 5, 2020

Greece Pledges €126M Aid to Olive Oil Producers for Pandemic-Related Losses

Around 145,000 beneficiaries of the program are expected to receive €300 per hectare of olive grove if the plan receives approval from the European Commission.

Sep. 22, 2020

In Italy, Students Return to Study Among Olive Trees

A pioneering outdoor classroom at the Ciuffelli Agricultural Institute provides students with an inspiring setting to resume their studies.

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