Italy

Jul. 13, 2020

COVID-19 Inflicts €2 Billion of Losses on Italian Olive Oil Sector

Italy’s major farmers association attributes the bulk of losses to the shutdown of the nation’s foodservice sector during the pandemic and a precipitous drop in tourism.

Jul. 7, 2020

EVOO Consumption in Italy Predicted to Grow Even As Consumer Spending Falls

The increase in olive oil consumption is partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led consumers to change their eating priorities.

Jul. 7, 2020

Nutri-Score Gains Traction Despite Opposition From Italian Farmers

The Italian farmers' group Coldiretti opposes the controversial French food labeling system, saying it underrates the health benefits of olive oil.

Jul. 6, 2020

'EVO International' Contest Bestows Record Number of Awards in Italy

Italian and Spanish producers were among the big winners at the EVO International Olive Oil Contest.

Jun. 29, 2020

Italian Government Pledges €120 Million in Aid for Xylella-Ravaged Puglia

The money will be divided among farmers who suffered at least a 30-percent loss of production.

Jun. 24, 2020

This Olive Oil Importer Knows How to Find Winners

For 30 years, Rolando Beramendi has been importing his favorite Italian olive oils to the U.S., one harvest at a time.

Jun. 15, 2020

Strong Showing by Calabrian Producers at World Competition

Combining modern milling and harvesting techniques with a rich history, producers from the southern Italian region enjoyed plenty of success at this year's World Olive Oil Competition.

Jun. 11, 2020

Anna Cane Re-elected President of Assitol's Olive Oil Group

Anna Cane was reap­pointed to the pres­i­dency of the Olive Oil Group of the Ital­ian Asso­ci­a­tion of Oil Indus­try (Assi­tol) after a unan­i­mous vote by the assem­bly of entre­pre­neurs. Ric­cardo Cas­setta, man­ag­ing direc­tor of the olive oil com­pany Biol­e­vante in Andria, was recon­firmed as vice-pres­i­dent, along with the newly appointed vice-pres­i­dents Dora Desan­tis, head of qual­ity

Jun. 11, 2020

Resilience and Innovation Breed Success for Italian Producers

What unites 2020 NYIOOC award winners of all sizes is their innovation and use of technology.

Jun. 10, 2020

‘Olio Lucano’ from Basilicata Set for PGI

The Protected Geographical Indication ‘Olio Lucano’ has been registered and published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Jun. 9, 2020

Italian Farmhouses Push to Revitalize Tourism in Pandemic's Wake

An association of Italian farmers warns that the sector could lose €1 billion in 2020. As the lockdown eases, farmhouses are finding new ways to safely attract tourists.

Jun. 5, 2020

Italian Brands Succeed Again in World Competition

The producers behind some of the most awarded brands are celebrating repeat wins at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

Jun. 3, 2020

Southern Italy Farms Well Represented in Index of World's Best Olive Oils

From Puglia to Sicily, producers from across the renowned olive-growing regions of Southern Italy celebrated their success at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

Mar. 27, 2020

COVID-19 Hinders Xylella Fight in Italy

Funds are coming to counter the bacteria and sustain the local economy. But the COVID-19 epidemic has stymied urgent action

Mar. 27, 2020

Italian PDO and PGI Extra Virgin Olive Oils Are Increasing in Value

According to a new report, the value and volume of extra virgin olive oils with geographical indications are increasing across Italy. Puglia and Tuscany are leading the way.

Mar. 21, 2020

Olive Oil Sales Jump While Italian Economy Shrinks From COVID-19

Italians are shopping in masks and gloves, but they're still shopping, and buying more than they used to. Olive oil sales in Italy have jumped 22 percent since COVID-19 hit, and stores are finding that Mediterranean diet staples are now the top sellers

Mar. 11, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown in Italy Brings Critical Promotion Season to a Standstill

At a time when Italy's agriculture sector was already reeling, the coronavirus lockdown has wiped out major spring events and promotional activities.

Mar. 4, 2020

New Bank Set to Auction Abandoned Farms in Italy

Almost 25,000 acres of abandoned public lands will be auctioned to a new generation of agricultural entrepreneurs and farmers.

Mar. 4, 2020

Largest Field Yet for Olive Oil Literary Prize

Six young Italian authors were awarded for their work in the fields of science, poetry and fiction. The previously-proposed Mediterranean Olive Oil Women’s Network was also formally launched at the ceremony.

Mar. 3, 2020

Italy Set to Deal Major Blow to 'Agribusiness Pirates'

A new law would protect Italian agriculture by letting prosecutors pursue frauds anywhere in the supply chain.

Feb. 27, 2020

Coronavirus Epidemic Hits Italy's Agriculture Sector

The rising number of coronavirus infections across northern Italy has impacted every corner of the country's agriculture sector, from harvesting and production to tourism and exports.

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