International Olive Council (IOC)

Nov. 17, 2022

Olive Council's Annual Summit Returns to In-Person Format

Member countries and IOC officials will meet to celebrate World Olive Day, discuss the latest developments in the sector and formally welcome Uzbekistan to the organization.

Nov. 9, 2022

Olive Council Publishes Document Archive

The database includes historical trade standards, quality measuring methods and best practices for table olive and olive oil production.

Jul. 25, 2022

Olive Council Earmarks Funds to Promote Olive Culture

The IOC will cover up to 50 percent of the expenses that farmers, companies and institutions of its member countries incur to set up and run the projects.

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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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Dec. 18, 2021

Olive Cultivation Is Expanding in Georgia

Local olive farmers and the International Olive Council are working to expand olive growing using imported and native olive varieties.

Dec. 15, 2021

Olive Oil Exports to Exceed 1M Tons by 2030, E.U. Forecasts

Despite positive trade news, climate change and declining consumption present challenges for the sector in the coming decade.

Nov. 22, 2021

Georgia Hosts Annual Olive Council Meetings for First Time

Guest speakers will discuss the North American, European and global olive oil sectors. IOC and Georgian officials will visit local olive groves.

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.

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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.

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

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