France

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.

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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.

Dec. 10, 2021

Harvest Underway in France with Varying Expectations

Challenges created by springtime frost and summer drought have led to an uncertain harvest forecast, with production predictions ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 tons.

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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.

May. 20, 2020

Winning NYIOOC a 'Matter of Pride' for French Producers

French brands earned a record-high eight awards at the 2020 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, including six Golds and two Silvers.

Mar. 30, 2020

EU Grants PDO Status to Olive Oils of Provence

Provençal olive oil represents distinctive organoleptic characteristics, unique chemistry and strong historical ties to the land.

Feb. 19, 2020

Deadly Tomato Virus Confirmed at French Farm

The tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) has already appeared in Spain, Italy, Germany, U.K., Netherlands, U.S. and Mexico.

Dec. 4, 2019

Corsica Producer Fears Mediterranean Culture Under Threat

Producers in Corsica are at the mercy of policy measures to contain Xylella fastidiosa on the island. Some fear these new policies are damaging the island's olive-producing culture.

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Jan. 3, 2018

France's Top Chef Talks Olive Oil

Olive Oil Times spoke with Mirazur's Mauro Colagreco.

Nov. 27, 2017

French Farmers Get Outside Help to 'Professionalize' EVOO Production

After an improved yet unexceptional olive harvest in France, olive growers are turning to a Spanish company for help.

Jun. 22, 2017

French Olive Sector Calls 2016 Harvest 'Catastrophic'

At its general assembly, the president of the French olive grower's association called on members to implement changes or watch the country's olive sector die a slow death.

Jan. 3, 2017

Making Olive Oil in France the Ancestral Way

Millers in the rural town of Coudoux, France, are perpetuating the ancestral way of producing olive oil to offer a traditional product that tastes the same as it did a century ago.

Dec. 1, 2016

Notes from Panisse: Early Harvest and 'Fruite Noir'

New York olive oil merchant Steven Jenkins asks his friend in Provence about late harvest oils.

Nov. 23, 2016

A Disappointing Olive Harvest in France

French olive growers are expecting the 2016 harvest to be disappointing as a severe drought hit the country during the critical summer months.

Oct. 21, 2016

Olive Harvest in France Threatened by Drought

A prolonged drought in the French department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is threatening the olive harvest which has just begun in the region.

Aug. 29, 2016

Corsica Rewards Grower for Olives Picked, and Those That Fell

A Corsican olive oil producer feared for her orchards after the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria was spreading on the island, but for the third consecutive year, Fabienne Maestracci was rewarded for the quality of her work.

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