France

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.

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.

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.

Jan. 23, 2019

French Court Bans Popular Herbicide

The world's most widely-used herbicide, developed by Monsanto, is now banned in France.

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. 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.

Mar. 3, 2015

Corsican Oils are 'Tree Harvested' or 'Old Style'

Corsican olive oil producers announced that their products will be labeled depending on whether the olives were picked or dropped to the ground.

Mar. 2, 2015

France Pledges Aid for Olive Oil Sector

French olive producers affected by this year's poor harvest will benefit from new financial aid measures proposed by the French ministry of agriculture.

Feb. 2, 2015

Olive Oil in France Rife with Deception and Fraud, Report Finds

Recent checks in France revealed widespread problems with falsely labeled olive oils.

Nov. 3, 2014

Add France to Growing List of Poor Harvests

The olive fly enjoyed a mild winter in Provence this year, devastating crops and the region's prized olive oils.

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