Jun. 1, 2023
Test results published by the National Consumer Institute, found that 23 of 24 olive oils had traces of plasticizer and hydrocarbon contamination.
May. 9, 2023
Focus on Quality Yields Success for Producers in France
Despite a sharp drop in production due to Europe’s prolonged drought, the number of French entries at the World Competition has progressively increased over the years.
Feb. 7, 2023
Climate Change Leads Some Bordeaux Wine Producers to Plant Olives
Farmers in the western French department of Gironde have met with national production officials to discuss the future of olive oil production in the non-traditional area.
Dec. 13, 2022
Chefs in France Bring Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Christmas Dinners
The quality of local oils and their health benefits have earned a place at the heart of French Christmas traditions.
Nov. 15, 2022
Award-Winning Producer on Corsica Stays Optimistic Despite Island's Challenges
The challenges of high-quality olive oil production are accentuated on an island, Emile Borel-Berta told us. Still, the NYIOOC award-winning producer is confident about the future.
Nov. 14, 2022
Tourist Train in Provence Partially Fueled by Olive-Pit Biofuel
The vintage steam train is experimenting with fuel made out of olive pits, which is more environmentally friendly and cheaper than coal.
Nov. 14, 2022 News Briefs
French Scientists and Health Professionals Reiterate Support for Nutri-Score
Aug. 16, 2022
French Olive Sector Anticipates 50 Percent Harvest Loss
Scorching summer temperatures and the region's prolonged drought have resulted in a significantly lower fruit set in France and a significantly smaller harvest.
Jul. 5, 2022
French Producers Celebrate Superb Showing at NYIOOC
Producers from southern France and Corsica combined to earn 11 awards from 26 entries in the 2022 World Olive Oil Competition.
May. 31, 2022
A Family Tradition Takes Root at Moulin de la Coquille
The French producer earned a second consecutive Gold Award at the 2022 NYIOOC, attributing the success to new investments in organic production, irrigation and technology.
May. 25, 2022
Nutri-Score Does Not Penalize Traditional Food Specialties, Survey Finds
At least two-thirds of samples with protected statuses from the European Union received an "A" or "B" from Nutri-Score.
May. 25, 2022
French Farmers Feel Impacts of Worsening Drought
A lack of rainfall last autumn and winter combined with low soil moisture and water levels means water restrictions are already being implemented across southern France.
May. 3, 2022
French Draft Bill to Exclude PDO and PGI Products From Nutri-Score
Nutri-Score’s creators rebuked the effort, labeling the representatives’ criticisms as uninformed and unrealistic for any food labeling system.
Jan. 18, 2022
Health Professionals in France Endorse Widespread Adoption of Nutri-Score
Health providers in France have asked the federal government to lobby the European Commission in support of the widespread adoption of the controversial front-of-pack label system.
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
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.
Apr. 2, 2019
Recovery of Traditional Olive Groves Stimulates French Oliviculture
French olive growers are working on recovering traditional olive groves as a means to strengthen the sector.