International Olive Council (IOC)

Jun. 2, 2022

U.N. Developing Olive Groves and Mills in Drought-Prone Areas of Iraq

The Middle Eastern country is also working to rejoin the International Olive Council, which would further develop the nascent sector.

May. 9, 2022

European Commissioner to Hear Olive Oil Sector’s Concerns About Nutri-Score

European officials will work with the sector to promote extra virgin olive oil culture and health benefits ahead of the potential introduction of Nutr-Score.

May. 4, 2022

Argentina Likely to Host Olive Council's Fourth Olive Germplasm Bank

During a recent visit, the IOC also discussed technology transfer, production improvements and adding the Arauco cultivar to the World Catalog of Olive Varieties.

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Mar. 23, 2022

Global Olive Oil Consumption Continues to Outpace Production

For the third consecutive year, the world consumed more olive oil than it produced. The IOC said this demonstrates a fundamental shift in consumer values.

Mar. 10, 2022

Olive Oil and Table Olive Imports Slip

The latest figures from the International Olive Council show China as the only major olive oil importer where volumes are growing substantially.

Feb. 17, 2022

Olive Council Announces Australian Campaign

The IOC said a three-year campaign tp promote olive oil in Australia will target consumers, producers and policymakers.

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Nov. 8, 2021

Global Olive Oil Imports Slip

The latest International Olive Council data show that olive oil imports have decreased globally, while table olives imports are on the rise.

Nov. 3, 2021

The Categories of Olive Oil

Most prefixes attached to "olive oil" are meaningless. The few that really matter are described below.

Sep. 20, 2021

Uzbekistan Joins Olive Council

The Central Asian country became the 18th member of the international organization and plans to dramatically increase olive production.

Jul. 19, 2021

Olive Oil Consumption Holds Steady as Production Slips, Latest Data Shows

International Olive Council figures revealed a dip in global production, imports and exports, while consumption held.

Jul. 8, 2021

Olive Council, FAO Pact Calls for Joint Efforts on Xylella

Signed at the 113th session of the Council of Members, the agreement formalizes an already long-running relationship between the IOC and the United Nations organization.

Jun. 30, 2021

Olive Council and Culinary Institute Join to Promote MedDiet in U.S.

The two organizations will focus on educating consumers and hospitality professionals on the health benefits and sustainability of an olive oil-based Mediterranean diet.

Jun. 28, 2021

Olive Council Announces Plan for Information Portal

The observatory will house the information in the IOC’s possession about table olive and olive oil regulations, data and news in one place.

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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.

Jul. 26, 2019

Israel Accuses Olive Council of Blocking Access to Key Meeting, Sources Say

After its proxy representative was refused entrance to a Council of Members meeting, Israel said in a written complaint that it would not accept any of the decisions made in the session.

Jul. 8, 2019

Olive Council, Europe Collaborate on Limiting Contaminants in Olive Oil

The IOC has told the EU the threshold for safely being able to consume the chemical 3-MCPD, which is found in refined vegetable oils.

Jul. 1, 2019

Ghedira Re-elected Executive Director of IOC

Several incumbents retained their positions at the top of the International Olive Council hierarchy, but not without controversy as Italy again missed out on a leadership role and Israel's representative was unable to vote.

Apr. 30, 2019

53th Meeting of the IOC Advisory Committee Held in Cairo

The meeting in Cairo of the IOC Advisory Committee looks at a more sustainable olive oil market, restates the value of the panel test

Mar. 15, 2019

60 Years in, Olive Council Looks at Challenges Ahead

As part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the IOC, Executive Director Abdellatif Ghedira spoke exclusively with Olive Oil Times on the challenges facing the sector.

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.

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