Protected Designation of Origin

Croatia and Slovenia Receive Joint EU Protection for Istrian Olive Oil

The two Balkan states now share the European Union PDO appellation for extra virgin olive oil produced on the Adriatic peninsula.

Manzanilla, Gordal Olives from Seville Get PGI

Despite some opposition, Manzanilla and Gordal olive varieties from Seville were finally granted a Protected Geographical Indication in Spain.
Special Report

Controversy in Italy Over New ‘Olio di Roma’ PGI

Half of Lazio's olive oil producer's are covered by DOP certifications and say they stand to lose value. The other half can only gain from the new proposed IGP. And some say the bickering among the groups leaves everyone disappointed.

Chemical Authentication Process Can Verify Olive Oil Origins

A three-year research project from Italy's University of Salento has yielded a new chemical imaging process that could certify the origins of olive oil blends.
Olive Oil Times Special

Kalamata Olives to be Added to Greek National List of Plant Varieties

Officials in Greece want to commercialize the Kalamata name to enhance trade prospects.

Greek Olive Variety Makri Awaiting EU PDO Status

Makri is an indigenous Greek olive variety cultivated in Alexandroupoli in northeastern Greece close to the border with Turkey, a region located in the western part of the geographical and historical region known as Thrace.
Special Report

EU PDO Application for Istrian Olive Oil to Be Resubmitted Jointly With Slovenia

Following an objection by Slovenia, a new PDO application for Istrian olive oil will be submitted to the European Commission jointly by Slovenia and Croatia.

Chile Celebrates Olives From Azapa

This year, the small, fertile valley achieved its hard-fought geographic indication, On the far northern edge of the Atacama desert, Azapa receives no rain, yet wells fed by the winters in the high plains above provide year-round water.