Jean Louis Barjol

Feb. 24, 2016

New Director Looks to Shore Up Olive Council

A little more than a month after taking his office, the IOC executive director, Abdellatif Ghedira, shared his thoughts about key issues in the olive oil sector.

Dec. 2, 2015

Olive Council Elects New Leader

The Council of Members nominated Abdellatif Ghedira, a Tunisian, who was selected among a group of applicants including Moroccan and Spanish candidates.

Jul. 2, 2015

Olive Council Looks for a New Leader

The International Olive Council (IOC) has begun a search for a new executive director to replace Jean-Louis Barjol, whose term ends in December.

May. 18, 2015

In Latest Bid for Relevance, Council Seeks to Standardize Competitions

Facing waning interest in its own olive oil competition, the International Olive Council will offer to endorse rival events that abide by its rules.

Jan. 22, 2015

A Defining Moment for Iranian Olive Oil

New coming opportunities to increase olive and olive oil production and popularity in Iran.

Dec. 3, 2014

Olive Council Extends Barjol's Term

Despite objections by Turkey, the members of the intergovernmental organization voted to extended the contract of the executive director through 2015.

Jun. 25, 2013

Barjol Attends Trade Group Meeting in France

The director of the International Olive Council presented an update on world production, imports, exports and consumption.

May. 1, 2013

United Nations Field Reports to Improve Olive Council Forecasts

Data gathered on the ground by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization will be used for International Olive Council forecasts.

Apr. 25, 2013

Barjol 'Confident' Council Back to Normal After Meeting Next Month

A financial clamp on the activities of olive oil’s peak body could end at the end of May when a new attempt is made to pass its budget.

Feb. 21, 2013

Olive Council Activities in Limbo

Fallout from the Arab Spring is among factors in a current paralysis the IOC director called "extraordinary" and "difficult."

Oct. 24, 2012

For Olive Council, ‘Positive Journalism’ Hard to Come By

The International Olive Council suddenly cancelled a journalism contest because there were not enough entrees.

Apr. 17, 2012

Barjol: Without U.S., We'd Be 'Drowning in a Sea of Olives'

“There’s a need here for us all to educate consumers about why a certain price needs to be paid for this product,” the IOC director said while attending the World Bulk Oil Exhibition in Madrid.

Apr. 12, 2012

Barjol Proposes an Olive Oil Campaign in Japan

Selling olive oil's nutritional and health benefits to the Japanese is the focus of a new campaign being developed by the International Olive Council.