Greece

Nov. 18, 2020

Second Wave of Covid Hampers Harvest in Greece

A newly-imposed lockdown has brought Greece to a standstill and created a logistical nightmare for olive growers. Some health experts believe the start of the harvest is partly responsible for the spread of the virus.

Oct. 27, 2020

Prices Open Higher in Greece Amid Shortage of Laborers

Early seasonal prices have reached €3.80 per kilo while the lack of foreign workers has prevented some harvesting activities in Greece.

Oct. 12, 2020

The Mindful Production Behind an Award-Winning Greek Producer

For three generations the Gyftakis family has crafted extra virgin olive oil in one of the most fertile regions of Greece. Over time, they have learned to let nature take its course and attentively reap its rewards.

Oct. 5, 2020

Greece Pledges €126M Aid to Olive Oil Producers for Pandemic-Related Losses

Around 145,000 beneficiaries of the program are expected to receive €300 per hectare of olive grove if the plan receives approval from the European Commission.

Oct. 1, 2020

Forging a Future for Olive Oil Production on Corfu

Apostolos Porsanidis-Kavvadias is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, returning to Corfu to revitalize the family olive grove and the island’s olive oil sector.

Sep. 21, 2020

Some Signs Suggest Better Outlook for Greek Farmers

Lower yield predictions in Spain and Italy open new hopes for Greek olive growers as harvesting begins.

Jul. 7, 2020

Poor Demand for Kalamata Olives in Greece

Thousands of tons of Kalamata olives remain idle in many producing territories of the country as a result of the pandemic and the closure of eateries.

Jun. 5, 2020

Unusual Spring Heat Brings Early Problems for Greek Farms

A heatwave during the critical flowering stage was enough to raise concerns among growers for their expected yields.

May. 21, 2020

Greek Producers Continue to Celebrate Record Year at 2020 NYIOOC

Celebrating good results after a tough year and acknowledging the steps needed to continue producing high-quality oil in a changing climate were among the themes discussed by winning producers.

May. 18, 2020

Greek Producers Achieve Record Wins at NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition

Greek brands had their best showing ever, earning an all-time record of 69 of the world's most coveted olive oil quality awards.

Apr. 20, 2020

Row Over Kalamata PDO Divides Opinions in Greece

In spite of criticism from the new deputy agriculture minister, all Greek table olive producers can keep using the Kalamata PDO label, for now.

Apr. 14, 2020

Europe Approves €1B in Aid for Greek Agriculture

Farming enterprises are eligible to receive up to €100,000 ($109,000) in repayable advances under the aid program.

Mar. 30, 2020

Domestic Consumption Rises in Greece Amid COVID-19, Economic Growth Predicted to Halt

Greek olive oil remains in high demand among national consumers as the country's economic growth is predicted to grind to a halt.

Apr. 17, 2019

Olive Oil Drives Growth of Greek Agri-food Sector

Olive oil was the largest Greek agri-food export last year and the fourth-largest export overall, according to a new report. Its success has renewed the call from farmers for government backing.

Apr. 3, 2019

Organic Olive Cultivation Increasing Worldwide

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

Mar. 27, 2019

Olive Oil Production Data in Europe Reveal Divergent Trends

Production in Italy and Greece is down sharply. In Spain and Portugal, it's dramatically higher.

Mar. 7, 2019

Greek Table Olive Exports Slowing Down

Low output, setbacks in quality and higher prices are leading foreign buyers to look elsewhere.

Mar. 6, 2019

After Tough Harvest, Producers in Crete Ask for Compensation

The small quantity of olive oil that was produced in Crete remains idle since there is no demand from buyers abroad. Producers are demanding compensation.

Feb. 25, 2019

Mapping the Polyphenols of Greek EVOOs for Healthy Aging

Extra virgin olive oils from Crete were found to contain the highest polyphenols load. Two-phase processing was also found to better preserves phenols in olive oil.

Feb. 4, 2019

Greek Producers Report Poor Harvest for Quantity, Quality

After a bad harvest, olive farmers and oil producers may not be able to receive compensation. However, small producers have a chance to shine in a depleted field of competitors.

Jan. 31, 2019

The Rise of Organic Olive Oil in Greece

Small-scale Greek producers are taking a gamble that the risk of investing in organic olive oil production will pay off. Some say Greece has the ideal conditions in which to do so.

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