Protected Designation of Origin

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.

Jul. 30, 2021

Organic and PDO Producers at Heart of Italy’s Latest Oleotourism Initiative

A new tourism consortium seeks to help producers work more closely with tourism agencies to promote their extra virgin olive oils.

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Jul. 20, 2021

Italy’s Largest PDO Cheese Consortia Unite to Oppose Nutri-Score

The boards of the Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano PDO consortia said they both reject Nutri-Score. The label also faces new challenges in Spain.

Jul. 7, 2021

New CAP Provides Plenty of Opportunities for Italian Olive Growers

Renewed attention on workers’ rights, support for small farmers and young farmers and easier access to compensation will help Italian olive growers.

Mar. 3, 2021

Pressure Mounts in Greece to Settle Dispute Over Kalamata Appellation

Producers are asking the government to repeal a law allowing the term ‘Kalamata’ to be used outside of Messenia. A new PDO designation could be the solution.

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.

May. 21, 2020

Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Jaén Granted PGI Status

Olive oil from the Jaén region has been approved by the European Commission for PGI status and added to the official register of 1,470 protected products.

Apr. 29, 2020

European Geographical Indicators Valued at More Than $80 Billion

A study from the European Commission found that extra virgin olive oils make up $326 million of the total value of European geographical indicators. PDO and PGI oils from Spain and Italy account for nearly 40 percent of that amount.

Apr. 20, 2020

Row Over Kalamata PDO Divides Opinions in Greece

In spite of criticism from the new deputy agriculture minister, all Greek table olive producers can keep using the Kalamata PDO label, for now.

Mar. 30, 2020

EU Grants PDO Status to Olive Oils of Provence

Provençal olive oil represents distinctive organoleptic characteristics, unique chemistry and strong historical ties to the land.

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.

May. 5, 2016

Istrian EVOO Awaits PDO Status at EU Level

After receiving national Protected Designation of Origin status in 2015, extra virgin olive oil from the peninsular region of Istria in Croatia awaits the same recognition at the EU level.

Mar. 15, 2016

Montoro-Adamuz Gets High Marks for Phenols

Extra virgin olive oil from the PDO Montoro-Adamuz contains high levels of bioactive compounds and substances attributed to positive health benefits.

Dec. 22, 2015

More Obstacles for New PDOs and PGIs in Italy

Despite the difficulties, Italian growers and producers still consider protected origin designations a good way to protect and safeguard their products.

Dec. 2, 2015

Israel Continues Pressure on EU Over Labeling Rule

Netanyahu has ordered “a reassessment of the involvement of EU bodies in everything that is connected to the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.”

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