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Jan. 25, 2022

Producers Express Alarm in Latest Olive Oil Times Survey

Producers say they face ever-growing hardships from the effects of a global pandemic, climate change, higher production costs, market instability and a persistent lack of consumer understanding about their products.

Jan. 21, 2022

Production Costs Set for Steep Rise in Italy

Producers associations warn production costs could increase by 12 percent in 2022, fueled by rising energy prices and raw material costs.

Jan. 20, 2022

The Essential Guide to Extra Virgin Olive Oil

What makes an olive oil ‘extra virgin?’ How is EVOO made, and why is it the healthiest cooking oil? We have answers.

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Jan. 19, 2022

Olive Groves Continue Steady Expansion Across Spain

The number of olive groves in Spain increased by 19,230 hectares last year. The Canary Islands and Castilla y Leon experienced the most growth.

Jan. 17, 2022

Study: Green MedDiet Can Slow Brain Atrophy Among Over-50s

New research finds that following a high-polyphenol, low meat intake variation of the MedDiet can protect the brain from inflammation and slow down age-related brain atrophy.

Jan. 17, 2022

Replacing Saturated Fats With Olive Oil Saves Lives, Harvard Research Suggests

Common causes of illness and death may be lowered significantly by swapping butter, margarine and mayonnaise for olive oil.

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Dec. 29, 2021

Italy Implements European Law Prohibiting Sale of EVOO Below Cost

A senior official at Assitol said the law is needed to protect small producers and growers from unsustainable business practices.

Dec. 22, 2021

Boundary Bend Co-Founder: Quality and Investment Are Key to Olive Oil’s Future

Rob McGavin said the industry needs to work together to succeed long-term, from technology-based solutions to emphasizing extra virgin olive oil’s health benefits.

Dec. 17, 2021

Greeks Are Consuming Less Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Greeks are among the top per capita consumers of olive oil in the world but have cut back on the highest grade.

Dec. 17, 2021

How to Follow the Mediterranean Diet and Enjoy Its Health Benefits

The Mediterranean diet is famous for its health benefits, but many people are unsure of what it is or how to follow it.

Dec. 15, 2021

Brightland Drops Claims that Most Olive Oils in U.S. Are Adulterated, Rancid

The California-based company volunteered to remove statements from its website after the North American Olive Oil Association filed a complaint.

Dec. 8, 2021

In Italy, a New Beer Made from Olive Leaves

Birra Olea is made from local olive leaves, which the brewer says lend a smokey flavor and antioxidants.

Dec. 6, 2021

Global Olive Oil Production Will Reach 4.4M Tons by 2050, Expert Projects

Intensive groves will outnumber traditional farms thirty years from now, and the number of olive oil-producing countries will rise to 80, says Juan Vilar.

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Nov. 1, 2021

An Estimated 33,000 Jobs Lost to Xylella Fastidiosa in Puglia

Officials warned against underestimating the threat to the region's economy posed by the continued spread of the deadly olive tree disease.

Oct. 26, 2021

Puglia Warns Farmers of Ineffective Xylella Fastidiosa Cures

Members of the regional balance commission said no product on the market can cure the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria, which continues to hurt producers across the region.

Oct. 26, 2021

As the Harvest Gets Underway in Croatia, Officials Provide Safety Tips to Farmers

From broken bones to poisonous bites, there is plenty of inherent danger when harvesting olives. Eye injuries are among the most prevalent in Croatia’s olive groves.

Oct. 21, 2021

In Tuscany, Farmers Cope With Climate Challenges While Striving for Top Quality

After last year's outstanding harvest, Tuscan producers are preparing for a lighter one. A hot and dry summer is partly to blame.

Oct. 21, 2021

Report: Staple Crop Yields Will Drop as Global Population Grows

Climate change is causing extensive damage to global agriculture. A new report warns that some of the worst impacts may be irreversible by 2030.

Oct. 21, 2021

Italian Trade Group Backs Pan-European Traceability Rules

In wake of the new legislation passed in Spain, the Italian producer association said it is time for all European countries to adopt the same practices.

Oct. 6, 2021

Study: 9.7 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come from Meat Production Each Year

More than half of greenhouse gas emissions are from growing food for livestock and the animals themselves. Plant production for human consumption produces far fewer emissions.

Oct. 6, 2021

Study: Nutri-Score Label System Does Not Discourage Olive Oil Consumption

Researchers found that the Nutri-Score label allowed consumers to correctly identify olive oil as the healthiest option among eight vegetable oils.

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