Italy

May. 12, 2022

Court Halts Removal of Xylella-Infected Millenary Trees in Puglia

Local agricultural associations protested a local court's decision and said it would result in further damage to the region’s olive trees.

May. 9, 2022

Tourism Awards in Italy Promote Industry Innovators

The second edition of a national oleotouristic competition recognized the contribution of farmhouses, museums, producers and chefs to Italian olive oil culture.

May. 9, 2022

Italian Police Seize €170,000 of Mislabeled Olive Oil

Italian authorities said they prevented 2.3 million liters of virgin and refined olive oils labeled as extra virgin from entering the market.

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May. 5, 2022

Italian EVOO Reaches the International Space Station

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti brought four Italian monovarietals to the ISS, which will be used for a series of experiments and food preparation.

May. 4, 2022

New Law in Sicily Protects and Promotes the Mediterranean Diet

The purpose of the new law is to promote local food production, MedDiet education, wine and oleotourism, public health and environmental protection strategies.

May. 3, 2022

Italy to Invest €3 Billion in Olive Oil Sector in Bid to Boost Production and Quality

The funds will come from a combination of national and European schemes to help improve infrastructure, technology and knowledge.

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Mar. 29, 2022

First Vodka Made With Olive Oil Released in Italy

Its creator said extra virgin olive oil adds a velvety texture to the vodka and is just the latest iteration in an ongoing trend of olive oil mixing with alcohol.

Mar. 29, 2022

Umbrian Villages Steeped in Olive Oil Culture Promote New Tourism Initiative

Local olive varieties have been planted along a route that connects several villages steeped in olive oil-producing tradition.

Mar. 25, 2022

Italy Introduces New Legislation to Promote Organic Production

The "Organic Made in Italy" label is just one component of a new national strategy to expand organic production and reward farmers for converting.

Mar. 25, 2022

Warm Winter and Water Shortages Complicate Harvests for Some Italian Farmers

Olive growers hope that the warm winter does not lead to an early spring bloom followed by a late freeze, as happened in 2021.

Mar. 23, 2022

Producers Behind San Giuliano Pursue Quality Through Innovation

On Sardinia, Pasquale and Domenico Manca produce organic extra virgin olive oils sustainably using state-of-the-art technology.

Mar. 21, 2022

PDO Cheese Producers Say Nutri-Score Ignores Italian Culinary Tradition

A cheese producers’ association has launched a campaign against the adoption of Nutri-Score.

Mar. 21, 2022

Italy Prepares to Sell 800 Farms to Young Farmers

Italy' aims to revitalize its aging agricultural sector by providing financing for young farmers to purchase land.

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Jan. 26, 2022

In Sciacca, Sicily, Bonolio Finds the Perfect Blend

Bonolio partners with more than five hundred small farmers who grow cultivars typical of long-standing Sicilian traditions.

Jan. 21, 2022

Production Costs Set for Steep Rise in Italy

Producers associations warn production costs could increase by 12 percent in 2022, fueled by rising energy prices and raw material costs.

Jan. 10, 2022

Italy’s Farchioni Becomes First Major Olive Oil Company to Receive Sustainability Certification

The company's environmental reports fall in line with the Untied Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals, Italian authorities confirmed.

Dec. 29, 2021

Italy Implements European Law Prohibiting Sale of EVOO Below Cost

A senior official at Assitol said the law is needed to protect small producers and growers from unsustainable business practices.

Dec. 17, 2021

Dogs and Drones: New Projects in Puglia Emphasize Early Detection Against Xylella

Using thermal sensing and the powerful noses of dogs, authorities in Puglia ramp up efforts to detect the latest outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa before symptoms occur.

Dec. 17, 2021

New Efforts Underway to Restore Abandoned Olive Groves in Sardinia

Filiera Olivicola Sardegna is raising money to train and hire locals to restore abandoned olive groves in the northwest of the Mediterranean’s second-largest island.

Dec. 15, 2021

Extra Virgin Olive Oils Will Be Sent to Space in 2022

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will bring seven extra virgin olive oils for her crew to enjoy with their meals and to see how the oils hold up in space.

Dec. 9, 2021

Centonze, a Forward-Looking Farm Rooted in Sicily's History

In western Sicily’s Belice Valley, Centonze produces award-winning extra virgin olive oil, celebrating the land and history, while focusing on sustainability and innovation.

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