France

Oct. 19, 2021

French Cheese Association Rejects ‘Simplistic’ Nutri-Score

Producers behind France’s Roquefort cheeses said the rating system failed to take into account the health benefits of their famous product.

Jul. 14, 2021

Producers Assess Damage of Springtime Frost Across Southern France

One agricultural expert estimates that olive oil production in the 2021/22 crop year could fall by more than 25 percent as a result of damage caused by the frost.

Jun. 21, 2021

Record Year for French Producers at World Olive Oil Competition

Producers across the south of France and Corsica earned a record-high number of awards despite a difficult harvest year from start to finish.

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Dec. 23, 2020

Production Rebounds in France Amid Climatic Challenges

Frost, hail and torrential rains dampened the 2020 olive harvest in France. It will still be better than last year and producers report that quality is as good as ever.

Sep. 16, 2020

Xylella Fastidiosa Arrives in Third French Region

Authorities have implemented containment protocols after discovering an infected lavender plant at a gardening store in Occitanie. The southern region is home to about one-quarter of France’s olive oil production.

Jul. 6, 2020

France’s Harvest Yield Lower Than Expected

Producers harvested about 2,500 fewer tons of olive oil than expected. A combination of growers entering an off-year and poor weather conditions were blamed for the significant drop in production.

Sep. 19, 2019

Scientists Find Earliest Evidence of Olive Oil in Central Europe

Early Celts in the French region of Burgundy imported olive oil from the Mediterranean around 500 BCE, a new study shows. The find is the earliest evidence of olive oil use in Central Europe.

Sep. 10, 2019

The Give and Take of French Cultivars

Local olive varieties in France are known for their sensory qualities, if not for their yields.

Sep. 8, 2019

Xylella Spreads to Olive Trees in France

The two infected olive trees, which were kept for ornamental purposes, were detected in the towns of Antibes and Menton.

Sep. 5, 2019

Making 'Magic' at Domaine de La Vallongue

Near Saint Rémy-de-Provence, Domaine de La Vallongue grows five varieties typical in the Vallée des Baux to craft its award-winning blend.

Aug. 21, 2019

French Trade Group Rebranded

While the name of France’s national olive oil association is changing the mission remains largely the same; promote local varieties and keep groves productive enough to maintain small farmers.

May. 22, 2019

Millions of Birds Killed by Nighttime Harvesting in Mediterranean

Upwards of 2.5 million birds are killed each harvest season in Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.

Apr. 3, 2019

Organic Olive Cultivation Increasing Worldwide

The organic land area used for olive cultivation across the world has almost tripled since 2004.

Aug. 11, 2016

Olive Oil Scandal Uncovered in France

120 tons of Spanish olives were milled in Provence and sold with the prestigious AOP labels of the region.

Jun. 28, 2016

France Cancels Tax Hike on Palm Oil

Indonesia threatened that it would not buy the military Airbus A 400M if the biodiversity law was adopted.

May. 2, 2016

Concerns About Dimethoate Ban Among French Olive Growers

Following a ban on the use of the insecticide dimethoate in France, French olive growers are concerned about the risk of damage to olive trees by the olive fruit fly, and increasing production costs.

Mar. 22, 2016

France Cuts Proposed Tax Hike on Palm Oil

Growers in Indonesia and Malaysia protested strongly to the French Government and managed to slash a proposed surtax on palm oil before the law was finally passed.

Feb. 19, 2016

Xylella Fastidiosa Continues to Spread in Corsica

The spread of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium on the French island of Corsica has been a cause of concern since the first case was detected last summer in Propriano.

Nov. 27, 2015

Another Case of Xf in France

The new infections have been identified as belonging to a sub-species called multiplex, which is not harmful to olive trees or grape vines.

Sep. 28, 2015

France Publishes Report on Xf in Corsica

The report confirmed plants to be infected by Xylella fastidiosa and citrus plants are not at risk from the particular strain.

Aug. 3, 2015

2014 Production Woes Extend to France

While not at the scale of neighboring Italy and Spain, France shared the pain of the infamous 2014 harvest.

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