Provence

Nov. 14, 2022

Tourist Train in Provence Partially Fueled by Olive-Pit Biofuel

The vintage steam train is experimenting with fuel made out of olive pits, which is more environmentally friendly and cheaper than coal.

Oct. 6, 2022

Farmers in France Confirm Grim Predictions as Harvest Gets Underway

Heat and drought led to premature olive drops across southern France. The yield is expected to fall by 50 percent compared to last year.

Aug. 16, 2022

French Olive Sector Anticipates 50 Percent Harvest Loss

Scorching summer temperatures and the region's prolonged drought have resulted in a significantly lower fruit set in France and a significantly smaller harvest.

Jul. 5, 2022

French Producers Celebrate Superb Showing at NYIOOC

Producers from southern France and Corsica combined to earn 11 awards from 26 entries in the 2022 World Olive Oil Competition.

May. 31, 2022

A Family Tradition Takes Root at Moulin de la Coquille

The French producer earned a second consecutive Gold Award at the 2022 NYIOOC, attributing the success to new investments in organic production, irrigation and technology.

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. 3, 2014

Add France to Growing List of Poor Harvests

The olive fly enjoyed a mild winter in Provence this year, devastating crops and the region's prized olive oils.

Sep. 12, 2012

Olive Oil Not Always Local at Provence Markets

Sometimes the olive oils sold at local markets throughout the South of France are anything but local, and French producers say customers are being tricked.

Feb. 13, 2012

Cooperative Run by Volunteers Preserves a Provençal Tradition

Volunteers run a small cooperative mill in the Provence. Life is not always easy but they are intent on keeping the Provençal tradition.

Feb. 6, 2012

Oliviera: The ‘Anti-Tourism’ of Olive Oil

Nadim Beyrouti sells high quality olive oil from small producers in Provence. His restaurant Oliviera was created as a means to showcase his range of oils by pairing them with simple, fresh cuisine.

Feb. 1, 2012

Nicolas Alziari

Alziari olive oil has been produced and sold in Nice, France for over 140 years. The company's products now sell in over 19 countries and the Alziari ‘grand crus’ range continues to be held in high regard.

Jul. 19, 2011

For French Olive Oil Producers, Less is More

Olive oil production in France is tiny compared to its neighbors and there's a "problem with notoriety." Jean Benoit Hugues shares what the interprofessional association Afidol plans to do about lifting the profile, and sales, of French olive oil.

May. 10, 2011

Olivier Baussan's Première Pression

The entrepreneur's newest project is a chain of olive oil shops emphasizing education and transparency.