Made in Italy

Dec. 20, 2018

Consortium of Italian Growers Calls for 'Serious Action' in Tough Season

The national consortium Italia Olivicola is a new organization bringing together more than 250,000 olive growers from fifteen regions.

Nov. 20, 2018

'Crafted in California' Makes its Debut

Prompted by the scarcity and cost of local fruit, California Olive Ranch unveiled a new range of imported blends.

Jul. 5, 2018

Italian Consortia Sign Major Agreement, Triggering Backlash

An agreement signed in Rome by Coldiretti, Unaprol, Federolio and FAI S.p.A. includes measures which stirred protests among representatives of the Italian olive oil sector.

Apr. 12, 2018

Deoleo Agrees to Settle Lawsuit for $7 Million

The Spanish olive oil behemoth will settle with plaintiffs, paying out $7 million as well as agreeing to change labels and take measures to improve quality.

Jun. 13, 2017

Italian Food Producers Disagree Over 'Made in Italy' Plan

The initiative, which aimed to distinguish genuine Italian products from fake goods and snatch back billions of Euros in lost sales from goods masquerading as Italian products, has caused bitter division among food producers.

Feb. 24, 2017

Six Sentenced to Jail in 'Operation Arbequino'

Francesco Fusi and five colleagues were sentenced in Italy for commercial fraud and criminal conspiracy to sell olive oils "obtained through illicit mixing."

Feb. 18, 2016

Italian Farmers Propose Anti-Fraud Seal for EVOO

A new anti-fraud “super” label has been launched by the Italian Farmers Confederation to certify the origin of Italian olive oil.

Feb. 4, 2016

More Mislabeled Oil and Dangerous Colored Olives Seized in Italian Raids

Another major seizure of mislabeled olive oil was announced hours before another raid found table olives colored with a hazardous substance to hide blemishes.

Jan. 3, 2016

Mafia Control of Olive Oil the Topic of '60 Minutes' Report

Before millions of viewers who had just watched the Denver Broncos defeat the San Diego Chargers in a close late-season football game, '60 Minutes' showed how American olive oil consumers are getting ripped off by the Italian mob.

Jan. 1, 2016

'60 Minutes' Looks at Olive Oil Adulteration in Italy

This Sunday, the most successful program in U.S. television history will delve into the adulteration of extra virgin olive oil in Italy and mafia involvement in the agricultural sector.

Dec. 22, 2015

Silvio Muccino Ad Promotes Italian Foods in U.S.

A commercial directed by Muccino is part of the largest campaign ever to promote Italian-made foods in the world's largest market.

Dec. 17, 2015

Decree to 'Decrimanalize' Counterfeit Olive Oil Leads to Protests in Italy

Italian growers are protesting a measure which they say threatens to undermine the struggle against products masquerading as Italian made.

Dec. 10, 2015

Consumer Group Prepares for Class Action in Wake of EVOO Fraud Scandal

The consumer group Codacons is offering free registration to those who say they've been affected by the latest scandal involving the sale of substandard olive oil.