Italy

Sep. 23, 2020

Early Estimates Point to Lower Production in Italy

As the harvest gets underway in Sicily, three of Italy’s main agricultural organizations estimate this year’s olive oil harvest will be earlier and smaller than last year.

Sep. 22, 2020

In Italy, Students Return to Study Among Olive Trees

A pioneering outdoor classroom at the Ciuffelli Agricultural Institute provides students with an inspiring setting to resume their studies.

Sep. 16, 2020

Italy Provides €140M in Loans to Producer Groups to Buy Olive Oil, Table Olives

Guaranteed loans are available to producer organizations to buy Italian olive oil and table olives from their members.

Sep. 14, 2020

Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Italy's Olive Oil Producers

Extreme weather events – ranging from hail storms to flash flooding – have impacted olive growers across Italy. For many farmers, hopes of a promising harvest have washed away.

Sep. 9, 2020

Italy Reiterates Opposition to Nutri-Score Label, Calls for Wider Adoption of Nutrinform

the Italian Minister of Agriculture has been lobbying other E.U. governments on the issue and has called for the protection of foods that she hailed as "pillars of the Mediterranean diet.”

Sep. 8, 2020

Authorities Investigate New Olive Tree Pathogen in Northeast Italy

The Venetian regional government has teamed up with farmers and researchers to find the cause of an ongoing outbreak

Jul. 30, 2020

In Italy, Farmers Unite to Compete With Multinationals

One of Italy’s largest agricultural firms has agreed to invest $200 million to provide more bargaining power and a larger pool of resources for independent farmers.

Jul. 21, 2020

Farmers Warn Pesticide Ban Jeopardizes Italy's Olive Oil Production

While the prohibition on dimethoate-based pesticides was delayed until October, farmers and their supporters argue that no alternative treatments are available in time for the 2020 harvest.

Jul. 16, 2020

Italy's Union of Olive Oil Producers Reelects Granieri

Unaprol's president, David Granieri, said he will continue working to revive the sector in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

May. 20, 2020

Italian Winners Pour in From North to South at World Olive Oil Competition

From the renowned regions of Umbria and Tuscany to lesser-known terroirs, Italian producers from the entire country were awarded at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

May. 19, 2020

Central Italian Producers Build on Their Success at World Olive Oil Competition

Producers from the Marche and Umbria regions considered their achievements at the 2020 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

May. 18, 2020

Italian Innovation and Tradition Awarded at World Olive Oil Competition

New processing technologies may be a game-changer for Italian farmers at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality competition, but tradition can still make a difference.

May. 13, 2020

Golden Year for Tuscan Producers as Early NYIOOC Results Unfold

As results from the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest continue to unfold online, producers in Tuscany have already struck gold.

May. 11, 2020

Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers

Sicilian farmers struggle with drought and a severe sales slump as consumers move to cheaper, imported oil blends, leaving premium local EVOOs on grocery shelves.

May. 8, 2020

Olive Oil Sommelier Unites Quality Producers in Tuscany

Entimio founder, Daniel Santini, is bringing together a group of Chianti's top olive oil producers under a single brand.

May. 5, 2020

Lockdown Extension Adds to Setbacks for Italian Producers

The extension, in an area that was mostly spared by the virus outbreak that ran wild in northern Italy, has prompted local institutions to call on the central government to let their region set its own course of economic recovery.

Apr. 21, 2020

Italian Production in 2019 Exceeds Initial Estimates

Italian olive oil production reached 365,000 tons, an increase of 110 percent compared to 2018 and 25,000 tons higher than initial estimates. Consumption, imports and exports also increased.

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