UC Davis Olive Center

Sep. 21, 2020

Olive Center Founder Steps Down After 12 Years

Dan Flynn has announced he will resign as the executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center. His successor’s main challenge will be expanding the center’s financial base.

Jun. 22, 2020

82 Percent of Avocado Oil Adulterated, Mislabeled or Poor Quality, Study Finds

A majority of products sold as avocado oil in the U.S. is mislabeled or adulterated with cheaper oils, researchers at the University of California Davis found.

Jan. 15, 2020

New Chemical Approach to Compromised EVOO

UC Davis researchers have developed a more rapid and cost-effective process to determine the reliability of a product bottled with an extra virgin olive oil label.

Jul. 23, 2019

Donations Help Fund Research and Award-Winning Production at UC Davis

Recent donations have allowed the leading U.S. olive oil research center to invest in new equipment, expand their olive groves and improve production.

Feb. 12, 2019

Olive Growing Seminar Returns to UC Davis

About 75 professional and aspiring olive farmers will gather at the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater in Davis, California for an olive growing master class hosted by the Olive Center and instructed by several experts.

Nov. 10, 2018

Court Rejects Relevance of Davis Study in Dismissing Case Against Deoleo

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia accepted Deoleo’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit citing what it called its "meager factual content."

Jan. 10, 2018

Olive Council Scientific Conference at UC Davis

On January 17, a panel of experts will discuss the mechanisms of olive oil and their roles in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

Oct. 10, 2017

Researchers Show How Crushing Speed Affects Yield and Quality

Quality parameters were unaltered by crushing speed, but extraction efficiency and chlorophylls content increased with faster hammer mill rotor speed in a continuous industrial process.

Aug. 2, 2017

Master Milling Course Returns

Organizers of the annual course say it is designed for "those who have never processed olives to those who have been milling for decades."

Jun. 7, 2017

UC Davis Researcher's Rant Continues: Olive Oil 'Does Not Promote Health'

A University of California at Davis researcher and a faculty member of its Medical Center, Rosane Oliveira, said olive oil “does not actually promote health in and of itself.”

Jul. 22, 2016

Master Milling Course Returns to Davis

The program will once again be led by Leandro Ravetti, one of the world’s leading experts in the growing, processing and standards of olive oil.

May. 19, 2016

UC Davis Researcher Advises ‘Opt Out of Olive Oil’

A faculty member at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine wrote a post on her department's blog urging people to avoid the use of olive oil.

May. 4, 2016

Olive Center's Sensory Course Set for June

Held at the Robert Mondavi Silverado Sensory Theater, the course is open to professionals and others interested in a more thorough understanding of how to evaluate olive oil.

May. 30, 2013

Survey Reveals Surprising Views Toward Olive Oil

Despite a common refrain that olive oil should not be used for cooking, consumers do it anyway, according to a survey by the UC Davis Olive Center.

Apr. 12, 2013

Writer Carol Drinkwater Chronicles Olive Heritage

Drinkwater spoke at the University of California at Davis Olive Center, tracing the history of olive trees throughout the Mediterranean.

Mar. 12, 2013

Davis Researchers Put Olive Oil 'Fridge Test' to the Test

Researchers have hopefully put an end, once and for all, to the myth of the home "fridge test" to determine olive oil quality.

Feb. 15, 2013

Olive Oil Fridge Test? Don't Count On It.

Dr. Oz urged his 3 million viewers to test EVOO by chilling it, but experts say the “fridge test” for olive oil is a long-standing myth.

Nov. 19, 2012

Olive Center Offers Chemical Testing

The renowned California research center is offering olive oil chemical and sensory evaluations for producers, importers and retailers.

Oct. 8, 2012

'Eye-Opening' Milling Course at UC Davis

A three day course at the Olive Center that took a comprehensive look at all aspects of olive oil processing.

Jul. 13, 2012

Flynn Brings Olive Oil Education to D.C. Festival

The UC Davis Olive Center attended the 46th Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington this month to talk with visitors about olive oil quality.

Apr. 27, 2012

103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

1,600 colleagues will gather to focus on the science and business dynamics currently driving the global fats and oils industries.

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