International Olive Council (IOC)

Apr. 21, 2020

IOC, UN Collaborate to Have Olive Recognized as Priority Species

Along with achieving recognition for the olive tree, the IOC is also planning to invest in germplasm banks, ensuring healthy and authenticated samples are being entered and cared for.

Feb. 4, 2020

Table Olive Production Figures Released

Global production is expected to increase by almost 14 percent with Egypt the top world producer.

Dec. 19, 2019

IOC Celebrates 60th Anniversary and World Olive Day

The IOC celebrated 60 years of activity and World Olive Day during the 110th session of the Council of Members in Madrid.

Sep. 17, 2019

Israel Requests Documents About Its Exclusion from Olive Council Meeting

The Israeli embassy in Madrid told the International Olive Council it does not recognize any of the decisions made at the 109th session.

Aug. 19, 2019

Olive Oil is Key to Promoting Plant-Forward Diets, Report Says

The white paper, which was published by the Culinary Institute of America and the International Olive Council, also says that a shift to plant-forward diets is necessary to achieve global climate goals and promote healthy eating.

Jul. 30, 2019

Documents Detail Exclusion of Israeli Representative at Olive Council Meeting

Documents reviewed by Olive Oil Times provide a detailed chronology of events that took place on the day of a key Council of Members meeting. The IOC denies it intentionally barred the Israeli proxy from attending.

Mar. 12, 2019

Table Olive Consumption Has Doubled Since 1999

Table olive consumption has increased most in the largest table olive producing countries. Raised awareness of the health benefits of olives may be partially responsible.

Feb. 27, 2019

Italian Trade Group Proposes New Classification for Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A proposal to lower the acidity threshold value of the extra virgin olive oil from 0.8 to 0.5 percent was presented by the consortium of Italian olive oil producers at a conference in Rome.

Oct. 8, 2018

Olive Oil Production Up More Than 25 Percent, Consumption Edges Higher

In its monthly newsletter, the International Olive Council released its preliminary data for the 2017/18 harvest season, which indicates increases in production, consumption and imports.

Jun. 21, 2018

Inside the Final Day of the 107th IOC Council of Members Session

Diplomatic and trade ten­sions loomed large over what was oth­er­wise an unevent­ful con­clu­sion to the 107th ses­sion of the Council of Members meet­ing of the International Olive Council (IOC), which con­cluded today in Buenos Aires. Representatives of each mem­ber nation took turns read­ing out the find­ings of each of the four com­mit­tees, which were closed to

May. 31, 2018

Olive Council Session Returns to S. America

The 107th meeting of the organization will take place next month in Buenos Aires and will be followed by a seminar on olive growing in the Americas.

May. 16, 2018

Egypt Rejoins International Olive Council

The IOC welcomed Egypt back into the organization and said it would work with government officials and producers to invest in the country's strengthening olive and olive oil sectors.

Jan. 22, 2018

Simplifying Science is the Goal of New U.S. Marketing Campaign

At a California conference, the International Olive Council laid out its plan to translate the wealth of proven health benefits to growing consumer consumption.

Dec. 15, 2016

U.S. Lab Gets IOC Nod for Olive Oil Chemistry Testing

The International Olive Council has accredited Eurofins CAL for the chemical analysis of olive oil, the first independent U.S. lab to achieve the designation.

Dec. 15, 2016

Combined Efforts and Encouraging Outcomes at International Seminar on Xylella Fastidiosa

Researchers and experts attended the international seminar on Xylella fastidiosa held at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Bari to examine the current situation and define common measures to combat the disease.

Dec. 5, 2016

Olive Council Inaugurates World Olive Day

The International Olive Council launched 'World Olive Day' to celebrate olive trees, their health benefits and environmental advantages.

Dec. 5, 2016

World Olive Oil Production Drops Sharply

The International Olive Council said total olive oil production will drop by fourteen percent.

Nov. 18, 2016

Sustainable Olive Oil Production Helps Mitigate Climate Change

The International Olive Council attended the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) to present research on sustainable olive oil production.

Oct. 31, 2016

U.S. Olive Oil Imports on Record-Setting Pace

The U.S. imported 306,844 tons of olive oil during the first 11 months of the 2015/2016 harvest season and, for the first time, more of it was from Spain than Italy.

Oct. 13, 2016

World Olive Oil Production Slips, Brazilian Imports Sharply Lower

The latest figures from the International Olive Council predict a 7 percent drop in production and sharply lower imports by Brazil after years of growth.

Sep. 12, 2016

Olive Council Invites Proposals for 'World Olive Day'

The International Olive Council is proposing grants for the financing of activities and events aimed at celebrating 'World Olive Day' in member countries.

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