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Dec. 1, 2022

Researchers Use AI to Identify EVOO Provenance

The researchers said they could correctly identify locally-produced Taggiasca Ligure olive oils 100 percent of the time.

Nov. 2, 2022

After Algorithm Update, French Cheese Producers Renew Criticism of Nutri-Score

Cheese producers protested against Europe’s mandatory adoption of Nutri-Score after an algorithm update resulted in lower scores for some cheeses.

Sep. 21, 2022

Greece Again Adds Kalamata Olives to National List of Plant Varieties

All Greek producers of Kalamon olives will be able to sell them as Kalamata olives. Producers in Messenia argue it will devalue their PDO certification.

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Sep. 6, 2022

Chalkidiki Table Olives Hit by Hail Ahead of Harvest

Hail on the Chalkidiki peninsula damaged up to 20 percent of the region’s olives, incurring an estimated €1.8 million in damages.

Aug. 10, 2022

Italian Antitrust Authority Prohibits Use of Nutri-Score on Some Products

The decision specifically focuses on products with a protected geographical indicator. Some retailers removed all products labeled with Nutri-Score from their shelves.

Jul. 5, 2022

European Union Expands Monte de Etna PDO Territory in Sicily

The expansion means the potential production of Monte de Etna PDO extra virgin olive oil could double.

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Feb. 28, 2022

Greece Registers Four PDO and PGI Olive Oils as Intellectual Property

The Greek extra virgin olive oils were registered with an international organization that protects the product from imitation and counterfeiters in 56 countries.

Feb. 23, 2022

Value of PDO and PGI Olive Oil Production Drops in Italy

Extreme weather events, Covid-19 restriction and Xylella fastidiosa were attributed to the almost 15 percent decrease in the value of PDO and PGI olive oils.

Feb. 15, 2022

Croatia’s Brač Olive Oil Receives PDO Status from European Commission

After three years of working with Zagreb and Brussels, producers from the small island have received official protection for their mostly Oblica extra virgin olive oil.

Feb. 10, 2022

New Rules in Italy Set Standards for Oleotourism Operators

The rules create guidelines for certified operators two years after oletourism's inclusion in the national budget.

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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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.

Mar. 27, 2020

Italian PDO and PGI Extra Virgin Olive Oils Are Increasing in Value

According to a new report, the value and volume of extra virgin olive oils with geographical indications are increasing across Italy. Puglia and Tuscany are leading the way.

Jan. 2, 2020

E.U. Approves PGI for Apulia

"Olio di Puglia" PGI is entered in the register of protected geographical indications

Sep. 10, 2019

The Give and Take of French Cultivars

Local olive varieties in France are known for their sensory qualities, if not for their yields.

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