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Jun. 7, 2012

Producer Prices Lowest Since 2009

The latest round of subsidized olive oil storage has failed to rally prices, which the International Olive Council says remain at their lowest levels since 2009.

May. 17, 2012

More Storage Aid for Virgin Olive Oil

For the third time in eight months, the European Commission is to subsidise the temporary withdrawal of virgin and extra virgin olive oil from the market in the hope rock bottom farm gate prices improve.

May. 7, 2012

European Commission Advisory Group Told Panel Tests 'Not Sustainable'

Concerns with the olive oil panel test were aired at the last meeting of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on Olives and Derived Products.

Feb. 8, 2012

EU Offers Olive Oil Storage Aid Amid Tumbling Prices

The European Commission is set to subsidize the temporary storage of 100,000 tons of olive oil in a bid to bolster dismal farm-gate prices.

Feb. 2, 2012

Europe Reviews Olive Oil Quality Benchmark

Commissioner Dacian Cioloş announced a review in response to a call by Italian parliament members for the alkyl esters parameter for EVOO to be lowered.

Jan. 22, 2012

Spain Looks for Solutions on Olive Oil Prices, Quality

Spain is pushing for European Commission aid to bulk store extra virgin olive oil until its price improves and is debating other measures to improve quality and sustain the ailing sector.

Jan. 18, 2012

EU Codifies Marketing Standards for Olive Oil

In the interests of clarity and rationality, the European Union has this month published an updated version of its regulation on marketing standards for olive oil.

Jan. 8, 2012

Unaprol President Urges Europe to Lower Alkyl Ester Limits

Italy's consortium of Italian olive oil producers, responded to consumers' concerns in the wake of 'Made in Italy' mislabeling claims.

Oct. 24, 2011

Olive Oil Industry Groups Reject Proposals for CAP Reform

Proposals include limiting the subsidies large farms can receive, and allocating a fixed amount per hectare rather than according to the production history -- a change that would see France and Spain lose the most, according to reports.

Sep. 29, 2011

European Commission OKs Payments for Six Months of Olive Oil Storage

The European Commission announced today that it will provide private storage aid enabling up to 100,000 tons of Spanish virgin olive oil to be stored for six months.

Aug. 6, 2011

European Commission Prepares to Ban Thousands of Unproved Health Claims

Food marketers are on notice as Europe gears up to ban thousands of claims on labels but the antioxidant effects of polyphenols in olive oil was among the few approved.

May. 27, 2011

Commissioner's Answer Still "No" to Aid for Private Olive Oil Storage

Despite receiving a petition with 50,000 supporting signatures from Spain alone, the European Commission today stood firm on its rejection of calls for the introduction of private storage aid for olive oil.

Apr. 17, 2011

Spanish Watchdog Says Private Storage Aid Potentially Anti-Competitive

With a decision imminent from Brussels private storage aid for Spain's struggling olive oil sector, the head of the competition authority poured cold water on the measure, calling it potentially anti-competitive.

Apr. 1, 2011

Ciolos: Storage Aid Would Be Nothing But an "Aspirin"

The EU commissioner called on the Spanish regional governments to address structural problems in the olive oil sector and again rejected calls for the provision of private storage aid.

Mar. 29, 2011

Thousands to Welcome Cioloş in Cordoba Friday with Calls for Storage Aid

10,000 people will gather in Cordoba Friday during a visit by European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Cioloş to call for the immediate provision of private storage aid for olive oil.

Mar. 18, 2011

Commissioner Says He Will Analyze Spain's Call for Private Storage Aid

European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Cioloş said he would closely examine Spain's case but reiterated he saw no proof of a "serious market disturbance" requiring bulk storage payments.

Mar. 3, 2011

Spain's Farmers Call for a Clamp-Down on Olive Oil Price Abuses

A form of “commercial terrorism" is being committed by distributors taking advantage of their dominant market position, according to Spain's association of small farmers.

Feb. 23, 2011

European Commission Rejects Private Storage of Olive Oil

The European Commission says the bargaining clout of large-scale distributors is at the root of Spain's olive oil price plunge — not a market disturbance.