Made in Italy

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.

‘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.
Special Report

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.

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.
Olive Oil Times Special

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.

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."
Special Report

Class Certification Awarded in False Advertising Case Against Filippo Berio

A U.S. District Judge granted class certification to those who bought any brand Filippo Berio olive oil with the exception of their organic olive oil, between May 2010 and June 2015.

Italy Strengthens Sanctions for Olive Oil Fraud

The Italian government approved modifications to a draft legislative decree which would have decriminalized penalties for counterfeiting. The new measure provides for new administrative sanctions and introduces a system of traceability.