France

Sep. 20, 2022

France Unlikely to Eradicate Xylella, Report Finds

Auditors said delays in infected plant eradication, an uncoordinated effort to identify disease vectors and lack of control measures were the reasons for their conclusion.

Aug. 18, 2022

Europe Confronts Worst Drought in 500 Years, Officials Say

Countries in southern and western Europe are bearing the bunt of the drought, with varying impacts on olive farmers and society writ large.

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.

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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.

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Nov. 29, 2021

Critics of Nutri-Score Demand Reform to Ratings of PDO and PGI Foods

Officials in France, Italy and Spain want specialty products to be treated differently than processed foods by the labeling system.

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.

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.

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Oct. 29, 2018

Event Celebrating New Oils Returns to Paris for Fourth Edition

Producers, chefs and olive oil enthusiasts prepare to gather in Paris to sample and judge some of the year's best early-harvest oils.

Oct. 10, 2018

Labeling Practices Still Not Up to Par in France, Report Finds

The French Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control's recent report finds that misleading marketing information surrounding the sale of olive oil and related products still requires further regulation.

Feb. 12, 2018

In Defense of 'Black Fruity'

The French association Afidol shed light on the misinterpreted taste of "black fruity" oil and the controversy behind the ancestral tradition of controlled fermentation.

Jan. 25, 2018

Paul Bocuse, Renowned French Chef, Dies

French President Emmanuel Macron led the tributes, saying, "The chefs cry in their kitchens, at the Elysée and everywhere in France. But they will continue his work."

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.

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