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60 Years in, Olive Council Looks at Challenges Ahead

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 21:58
As part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the IOC, Executive Director Abdellatif Ghedira spoke exclusively with Olive Oil Times on the challenges facing the sector.

Bell-Carter Cancels Table Olive Contracts in California

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 00:27
Citing the need to remain competitive in an increasingly global market as well as the high costs of production in California, the American table olive canner and retailer has canceled many of its contracts with local growers.

2018 Harvest Survey Reveals Season Marked by Climatic Challenges

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 02:16
Olive Oil Times asked farmers around the world how they fared during the 2018 olive harvest season.

Table Olive Consumption Has Doubled Since 1999

Wed, 13/03/2019 - 02:11
Table olive consumption has increased most in the largest table olive producing countries. Raised awareness of the health benefits of olives may be partially responsible.

Gene-edited Soybean Oil Touted as Non-GMO

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 22:20
A Minnesota company hopes their high oleic soybean oil will eventually become a market competitor to olive oil.

Omics Ensure the Authenticity of Portuguese Olive Oils

Mon, 11/03/2019 - 23:30
Genomics and metabolomics are at the core of a research study to authenticate and trace Portuguese extra virgin olive oils.

NYIOOC Returns to International Culinary Center

Mon, 11/03/2019 - 04:08
The International Culinary Center in New York will host the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition and its Sommelier Certification Program back-to-back this May.

Not All Saturated Fats Are the Same for Cardiovascular Health

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 07:40
After examining the association between saturated fat sources and cardiovascular health, researchers recommend higher consumption of staple foods of the Mediterranean diet such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Greek Table Olive Exports Slowing Down

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 05:36
Low output, setbacks in quality and higher prices are leading foreign buyers to look elsewhere.

Higher Production in Spain Leads to Lower Prices

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 02:36
Olive oil production in Spain has increased by 33 percent compared to the previous campaign. Sales have increased compared to previous years as well.

Signs of Hope in Palestine’s Olive Oil Sector

Thu, 07/03/2019 - 08:41
Free trade deals with Indonesia and the U.K. could provide Palestinian producers with ample export opportunities. The prospects of another poor harvest may complicate this.

After Tough Harvest, Producers in Crete Ask for Compensation

Thu, 07/03/2019 - 06:07
The small quantity of olive oil that was produced in Crete remains idle since there is no demand from buyers abroad. Producers are demanding compensation.

Ban on Trans Fats in NYC Restaurants Reduces Cardiovascular Risk

Tue, 05/03/2019 - 06:47
A recently published study found that overall trans fat levels had fallen by around 57 percent and people who frequently dined out benefited from a greater decrease of around 62 percent.

Croatia and Slovenia Receive Joint EU Protection for Istrian Olive Oil

Tue, 05/03/2019 - 03:29
The two Balkan states now share the European Union PDO appellation for extra virgin olive oil produced on the Adriatic peninsula.

University Receives Donation of Ancient Olive Varieties

Fri, 01/03/2019 - 06:00
The seedlings, which were recently donated by Banco Santander, will be studied before given new life when they are planted at the Rabanales University campus.

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

Fri, 01/03/2019 - 02:00
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.

Sommelier Program to Follow 2019 NYIOOC

Thu, 28/02/2019 - 22:43
The eighth edition of the widely acclaimed program for olive oil sensory evaluation will follow the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition this May.

Italian Trade Group Proposes New Classification for Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Thu, 28/02/2019 - 06:05
A proposal to lower the acidity threshold value of the extra virgin olive oil from 0.8 to 0.5 percent was presented by the consortium of Italian olive oil producers at a conference in Rome.

Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics Created From Olive Seeds

Wed, 27/02/2019 - 23:50
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.

Poor Harvests Lead to More Vigilance in Canada

Wed, 27/02/2019 - 23:48
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulently labeled olive oil in light of the poor European harvest this year.