UC Davis Olive Center

Aug. 24, 2021

Olive Center’s New Director Begins Planning for The Future of California Olive Oil

Javier Fernandez-Salvador has plenty of plans for his new job including optimizing olive growing and harvesting for California’s changing climate.

May. 26, 2021

Olive Center to Host Webinar on Modern Table Olive Production

The free webinar will take place on June 23 and cover siting, orchard establishment and management.

May. 18, 2021

Producers Honor Dan Flynn for His Contributions to California Olive Oil

The founder of the UC Davis Olive Center received the California Olive Oil Council's Pioneer Award for his "lasting impact on the state's olive oil industry."

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Feb. 10, 2021

UC Davis Olive Center Appoints New Director

Javier Fernandez-Salvador will join the UC Davis Olive Center as its executive director in June.

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.

Aug. 8, 2018

Master Milling Course Returns to UC Davis

The three-day course will go over every step of the olive oil production process with field trips to local olive oil mills to see those steps in action.

May. 8, 2018

UC Davis Introduces Growing, Milling and Branding Master Class

The UC Davis Olive Center is introducing a new class on olive growing, milling, and branding in June, bringing expert instructors together for a two-day immersion through classroom and field instruction.

Jan. 22, 2018

Simplifying Science is the Goal of New U.S. Marketing Campaign

At a California conference, the International Olive Council laid out its plan to translate the wealth of proven health benefits to growing consumer consumption.

Jan. 17, 2018

UC Davis Olive Center Turns 10

The University of California at Davis Olive Center celebrates its tenth anniversary this week as a research and education center that continues to make an impact on the olive oil industry worldwide.

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."

Oct. 24, 2014

Students Design Device to Detect Indicators of Rancidity

A simple device developed by students at UC Davis can help monitor the quality of olive oil along the supply chain.

Oct. 3, 2014

UC Davis Master Milling Course to Squeeze Out Another Day

The expanded, four-day course will train people to be exceptional olive oil producers through world-class instruction on the nuances of the craft.

Aug. 25, 2014

How Packaging Influences Olive Oil Quality

A look at ten years of data reveals the retail packaging that best preserves the nutrients in olive oil.

May. 28, 2014

Most EVOOs Score Well in New Test for Phenolic Compounds

Half of the EVOOs bought at supermarkets and local stores have an excellent phenolic profile, according to a test using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

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.

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