Turkey

Jan. 10, 2020

New Study Suggests Olive Leaf Extract Could Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes

A recent study from Turkey appears to confirm earlier reports that olive leaf extract could be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

Sep. 23, 2019

Turkey Expecting Near-Record Olive Oil Production

As the harvest is about to get underway, producers estimate total production will be between 200,000 and 250,000 tons. However, not all producers faired equally with the south having a better year than the north.

Jul. 7, 2019

Ali Gürbüz Wins 658th Kirkpinar Before Record-Breaking Crowds

The two-time former champion defeated Orhan Okulu, last year's winner, to claim the honor of head wrestler at Kırkpınar. This is Gürbüz's first title since his disqualification in the 2013 semi-final.

Apr. 3, 2019

Organic Olive Cultivation Increasing Worldwide

The organic land area used for olive cultivation across the world has almost tripled since 2004.

Feb. 28, 2019

35,000 Tons of Stolen Syrian Olive Oil May Already Be in Europe

This figure represents about half of the olive oil that has reportedly smuggled out from Afrin. A new pro-Turkish ally in the occupied Syrian territory denies the oil "was stolen" at all.

Feb. 27, 2019

Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics Created From Olive Seeds

The idea to create olive-based plastics was sparked when Duygu Yilmaz decided to research whether her father's habit of eating olive seeds was detrimental to his health.

Aug. 7, 2018

Turkish Producers Keep Up Momentum After Strong Results at 2018 NYIOOC

Producers are optimistic about the future of Turkish olive oils after record-breaking wins at the 2018 NYIOOC.

Jul. 15, 2018

Redemption for Orhan Okulu at 657th Kirkpinar

Last year's runner-up has now claimed victory at the 2018 Kirkpinar olive oil wrestling championship.

Feb. 6, 2018

Olive Skills Help Rehabilitate Turkish Prisoners

In addition to pressing the olives grown on prison land, the facility also charges locals a small fee to process their olives.

Jan. 3, 2018

Turkish Olive Oil Giant Opening New Facility in Germany

In a move seen as an opportunity for the Turkish firm to circumvent the European Union’s import quota on Turkish olive oil, Marmarabirlik, is preparing to open storage and processing facilities in Cologne, Germany.

Jul. 16, 2017

Ismail Balaban Wins 656th Kirkpinar

Balaban narrowly missed out on the title in 2013, when he was beaten by Ali Gürbüz, who was later stripped of the title when he was exposed as one of 16 oil wrestlers who had tested positive for banned substances.

Jul. 10, 2017

Wildfire Destroys Grove in Turkey

In an ironic twist of fate, Turkey's olive trees had just been saved from proposed changes to the country's “olive law” when they went up in flames.

Jun. 15, 2017

Turkey Removes Controversial Article in 'Olive Law'

While the decision was welcomed, olive oil industry leaders fear the issue will crop up again.

Dec. 5, 2014

More Olive Groves Leveled in Turkey to Make Way for Power Plants

After the second case of olive trees being uprooted in this Aegean region in recent weeks, a local official asked, "Will we use electric to feed people?"

Nov. 26, 2014

Nar Gourmet Debuts Mobile Olive Oil Production Truck

Olives from Hatay, Mersin, Antalya, Manisa, and Ayvalık will be processed with the company's new mobile processing unit.

Nov. 9, 2014

Yirca Villagers Rejoice, Replant

After 6,000 olive trees were felled for a new power plant, there's celebration in Yirca, and new plants of a different kind.

Nov. 7, 2014

Farmers and Police Clash in Turkey Over Clearing of Trees

An uproar over the clearing of ancient olive groves to make way for a new power plant has grown over social media networks.

Nov. 6, 2014

Ayvalık Panel Calls for Investment in Turkey's Olive Sector

A panel at the Ayvalık Olive Harvest Days, discussed the need to invest in olive oil sector in Turkey and join forces with international efforts.

Nov. 5, 2014

Ayvalık Hosts 10th International Olive Harvest Days

The picturesque coastal town was the stage for the 10th annual Ayvalık Harvest Days this weekend.

Sep. 9, 2014

Turkey Braces for Economic Impact of Erratic Weather

Number two table olive producer, Turkey, is in the midst of dealing with the economic impact of erratic weather patterns over the last year.

Jul. 25, 2014

Turkish Growers Criticize Bill to Allow Energy Plants on Olive Groves

Critics say a proposed bill to boost energy and mining projects would be detrimental to Turkey's growing olive and olive oil sector.

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