Protected Designation of Origin

Dec. 1, 2021

Award-Winning French Producer Looks to The Past to Meet Challenges of The Future

Maintaining organic farming methods and experimenting with ancient olive varieties are how Château d’Estoublon keeps its 500-year olive oil production history alive.

Nov. 29, 2021

Critics of Nutri-Score Demand Reform to Ratings of PDO and PGI Foods

Officials in France, Italy and Spain want specialty products to be treated differently than processed foods by the labeling system.

Nov. 10, 2021

Using Isotopic Footprints to Authenticate Olive Oil, Combat Fraud

In Umbria, researchers and farmers are identifying the isotopic profiles of local extra virgin olive oils to verify authentic products and add value.

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Oct. 19, 2021

French Cheese Association Rejects ‘Simplistic’ Nutri-Score

Producers behind France’s Roquefort cheeses said the rating system failed to take into account the health benefits of their famous product.

Aug. 12, 2021

Japan May Recognize Some PDO and PGI Olive Oils from European Countries

Extra virgin olive oils from France, Greece, Italy and Spain will be considered for protection from imitations or copies on the Japanese market.

Aug. 10, 2021

Brač Seeks Croatia’s Sixth PDO Certification

Olive oil has played an integral role in the cultural, ecological and economic development of the Dalmatian island.

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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.

Dec. 16, 2020

Europe Launches Comprehensive Database of Geographical Indications

The new platform, GIView, contains information on every geographical indication in Europe.

Dec. 8, 2020

Producers Seek PDO in Castile y León

The new Aceite del Tiétar PDO would cover 6,000 growers in the province of Ávila, which is responsible for the majority of production in Castile y León.

Oct. 5, 2020

New Consortium to Promote Terre Aurunche PDO

A producers' association seeks to standardize and promote Terre Aurunche PDO extra virgin olive oil and promote its quality.

Aug. 17, 2020

'Elaiolado Makris' Gets PDO Status

Extra virgin olive oil from Makri becomes the first agricultural product from the region of Thrace to receive Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union.

Jul. 22, 2020

Geographical Indications Protected in New China-E.U. Trade Deal

The PDO and PGI status of two dozen extra virgin olive oils from five different European countries will be formally protected as part of the deal, which is expected to be ratified later this year.

Jun. 10, 2020

‘Olio Lucano’ from Basilicata Set for PGI

The Protected Geographical Indication ‘Olio Lucano’ has been registered and published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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Feb. 21, 2018

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.

Mar. 23, 2017

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.

Dec. 8, 2016

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.

Nov. 7, 2016

Croatia Picks Up Fourth Olive Oil PDO

Extra virgin olive oil from Solta was approved by the EU, joining the other Croatian PDOs: Korcula, Krk and Cres.

Oct. 6, 2016

Croatian Island of Korcula Gets a PDO

Olive oil from the Croatian island of Korčula has been added to Europe's list of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).

Aug. 23, 2016

Calabria PGI Gets One Big Step Closer

The PGI ‘Olio di Calabria’ has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. After a five-month period to allow the other member states to submit any objection, the new PGI will be registered.

Aug. 11, 2016

Olive Oil Scandal Uncovered in France

120 tons of Spanish olives were milled in Provence and sold with the prestigious AOP labels of the region.

Jul. 6, 2016

Olive Oil from Croatian Island of Krk Gets PDO

Bottles of extra virgin olive oil from Krk will now be labeled with its official appellation “Krčko maslinovo ulje” and its packaging will feature a specially designed logo.

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