Italy

Feb. 17, 2021

Italy Pledges Nearly €70M for Olive Oil and Table Olive Sector

The money will be used to improve quality, protect the environment and promote traceability in the sector until the Common Agricultural Policy takes effect in 2023.

Feb. 10, 2021

EVOO Consumption in Italy Rose in 2020, Production Slipped

Consumption edged upward in 2020, according to an industry group as production in the 2020/21 crop year turned out to be lower than initial estimates.

Feb. 2, 2021

History and Innovation Guide an Award-Winning Producer in Umbria

Through a fusion of historical influences and sustainable practices, Castello Monte Vibiano has achieved outstanding quality goals while preserving the local environment.

Feb. 1, 2021

Treatment to Mitigate the Impact of Xylella Fastidiosa Shows Promise in Italy

Researchers found that a recently-patented bio-complex killed bacteria from three strains of Xylella in infected trees, while increasing their resilience to the disease.

Jan. 15, 2021

Apulian Producers Call for More Government Support for Olive Oil Sector

Olive oil prices in Puglia continue to slide despite lower production in 2020. Coldiretti believes the government must do more.

Dec. 30, 2020

Consumption, Exports of Italian PDOs and PGIs Keep Growing

A survey shows that exports and consumption of Italian extra virgin olive oils with geographical indications grew steadily over five years.

Nov. 12, 2020

Experts in Italy Offer Advice for Olive Growers Combating the Fruit Fly

Careful monitoring of traps and applying treatments at the right times are among the keys to preventing extensive damage from the olive tree pest, experts say.

Nov. 9, 2020

Italy’s New Lockdown Hits Olive Oil Sector, Again

New Covid containment measures threaten the rise in domestic olive oil consumption that has buoyed the sector.

Nov. 9, 2020

Volunteers Lend a Hand in Italy's Olive Harvest to Help Those in Need

Across Italy, students and volunteers are flocking to the olive groves to help with the harvest. The olive oil they help produce is destined for those in need from Sicily to Lombardy.

Oct. 27, 2020

Italian Farmers Want Something Done About Wild Boars

With the number of wild boars in Italy doubling in the last ten years to two million, farmers' groups are calling again for a comprehensive plan to deal with an old and growing problem.

Oct. 20, 2020

Harvest in Full Swing at Italy's Award-Winning Farms

Expectations are high among Italy's top-rated producers as their farms and mills run at full tilt.

Oct. 15, 2020

As EVOO Consumption Remains Strong in Italy, Producers Hope Prices Follow

A survey showed that 80 percent of Italians habitually buy extra virgin olive oil. Strong domestic consumption paired with poor harvests in Europe could lead to a rebound in prices.

Oct. 12, 2020

Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves

Farmers in the southern Apulian commune of Casarano – in a Xylella fastidiosa red zone – have successfully harvested olives of the Favolosa cultivar. The triumph provides a roadmap for other producers in Xf-hit areas.

Aug. 7, 2020

Farmers, Politicians Blame Each Other as Wildfires Burn in Puglia

Farmers have blamed the rapid spread of the wildfires on dead olive trees that were killed by Xylella fastidiosa and never removed by local governments. Some politicians have insinuated that these trees are being intentionally burned.

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.

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