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GREECE: Exports and Prices Are Looking Up

GREECE: Exports and Prices Are Looking Up | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The lim­ited sup­ply of extra vir­gin olive oil in Europe has cre­ated the con­di­tions for an upward trend in pro­ducer prices in Greece.
However, the Greek mar­ket is mov­ing at a slug­gish pace due to traders’ reluc­tance to buy based on their medium-term needs. So far, olive oil prices remain unchanged since last December.

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CRETE: Bottlers Dispute Application for Crete PGI

CRETE: Bottlers Dispute Application for Crete PGI | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A heated debate between olive oil pro­duc­ers in Crete and Sevitel, the asso­ci­a­tion of Greek bot­tlers of olive oil, has ignited over the inten­tion of the Cretan pro­duc­ers to mar­ket their olive oil under one com­mon PGI label.
Α group of Cretan pro­duc­ers rep­re­sent­ing all the island’s regions has sub­mit­ted an appli­ca­tion to the Greek Ministry of Agriculture to obtain Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) sta­tus for the name ​“Crete” with the European Union.

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GREECE: Olive Harvest, Olive Oil Creation Persist in Greek Lockdown

GREECE: Olive Harvest, Olive Oil Creation Persist in Greek Lockdown | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Although the Greek government has declared a second COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Greece’s olive harvest and olive oil production are continuing. Some seasonal labor shortages and mobility issues may cause minor delays, but several olive oil professionals remain optimistic that bottled Greek extra virgin olive oil will reach global consumers in good time.

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GREECE: Producers Discuss Olive Oil Prospects for 2020-2021

GREECE: Producers Discuss Olive Oil Prospects for 2020-2021 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

This year’s olive crop in Greece is not expected to yield an immense quantity of olive oil, but producers in different parts of the country report that they are making very high quality early harvest extra virgin olive oil. Others who start their harvest later also predict very good quality. Any labor shortages due to the pandemic seem to be surmountable.

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Greece: Some Signs Suggest Better Outlook for Greek Farmers

Greece: Some Signs Suggest Better Outlook for Greek Farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The lat­est data show signs of a pos­si­ble recov­ery for olive oil price at ori­gin in Greece. Local experts point to the advan­tages for Greek grow­ers that might arise from lower yields expected both in Spain and Italy.
The early har­vest is now start­ing in Laconia, where olive grow­ers col­lect the Athinoleia — one of the ancient and rare Greek olive vari­eties.

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Olive Oil in “the Best Diet Overall,” the Mediterranean Diet

Olive Oil in “the Best Diet Overall,” the Mediterranean Diet | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A world-famous expert on the Mediterranean diet, Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou, spoke to a Greek audience about “Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The Secrets We All Know” at the Food Expo in Athens this spring. “We all know olive oil,” she said; “it’s in our DNA. Olive oil is not only health … it is culture, it is tradition, it is the economy, it is the environment.”

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Monumental Olive Trees in Cyprus Destroyed by Wildfires

Monumental Olive Trees in Cyprus Destroyed by Wildfires | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Wildfires ravaged northern Cyprus last weekend, destroying tens of thousands of acres of crops and forest. Olive growers and oil producers, already struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, are facing additional challenges in the aftermath of the blaze.

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Greece: Europe Approves €1B Aid to Greek Farmers, Other Businesses as Agricultural Sector Reels

Greece: Europe Approves €1B Aid to Greek Farmers, Other Businesses as Agricultural Sector Reels | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Cre­tan farm­ers said super­mar­kets cur­rently absorbs 30 per­cent of their pro­duc­tion of fruits and veg­eta­bles with the rest being unsold since many eater­ies and other food ser­vices are closed, while their coun­ter­parts in the Ilia region of the Pelo­pon­nese have already dis­carded part of their fresh crop of straw­ber­ries and zuc­chi­nis due to lim­ited demand.

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Producers in Crete Stunned by Precarious Crop

Producers in Crete Stunned by Precarious Crop | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A sudden outburst of the fruit fly and other pathogens inflicted unexpected damage on the island's farms.

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The Greek Olive Oil World in 2018: The Year in Review

The Greek Olive Oil World in 2018: The Year in Review | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
2018 was a year of triumph for hundreds of Greek olive oil companies whose hard work before, during, and after the 2017/18 harvest yielded superb extra virgin olive oils, as international competitions recognized. It was a year of challenges fo
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Olive Oil Times – News, Reviews and Discussion

Olive Oil Times – News, Reviews and Discussion | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

One might imagine that ef zin, the Greek term for welfare or more colloquially, “the good life”, would be harder to come by lately in Greece, a country whose economic hardships are well-known to the rest of the world. Since the onset of the crisis, Greece’s GDP has decreased by 25 percent. Household spending has fallen by 40 percent.
Many young Greeks are turning to their family olive groves as a means of chasing a better reality. In the 1970s and 1980s, many of these young people flocked to metropolitan centers in pursuit of professional careers.

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GREECE: Olive Oil Permeates Social Fabric in Time of Need

GREECE: Olive Oil Permeates Social Fabric in Time of Need | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

From charitable efforts to reversing desertification, olive trees and olive oil continue to play a fundamental role in Greek society.

Harvest chal­lenges, prices and inter­na­tional and domes­tic mar­kets tend to be the pre­vail­ing con­cerns in the Greek olive oil sec­tor.
However, there are plenty of other ways the olive tree plays a role in Greek soci­ety, out­side of busi­ness bound­aries.
In Crete, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Heraklion social ser­vices pro­gram received free olive oil through a local gro­cery store.

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CRETE: Producers Transform Olives from Monumental Trees into Medicine

CRETE: Producers Transform Olives from Monumental Trees into Medicine | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The majes­tic trees of the olive grove of Eftihis Androulakis have a his­tory dat­ing back centuries.
Olive trees up to 12 meters (39 feet) high, which have been bent and twisted around their axis by the wind, are still pro­duc­tive and serve as a liv­ing tes­ta­ment to the close rela­tion­ship between man and nature that lies at the heart of the tra­di­tion in Crete.

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GREECE: Prices Open Higher Amid Shortage of Laborers

GREECE: Prices Open Higher Amid Shortage of Laborers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The 2020 olive har­vest in Greece, mean­while, has been ham­pered by the con­tin­u­ing coro­n­avirus pan­demic.
Foreign work­ers are scarce in many olive oil mak­ing ter­ri­to­ries of the coun­try. Those who are avail­able are required to demon­strate a neg­a­tive COVID-19 test result before work­ing in the fields, with grow­ers charged with the respon­si­bil­ity for their test­ing.

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Greece: Forging a Future for Olive Oil Production on Corfu

Greece: Forging a Future for Olive Oil Production on Corfu | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Apostolos Porsanidis-Kavvadias is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, returning to Corfu to revitalize the family olive grove and the island’s olive oil sector.

Situated less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the northwestern coast of Greece, in the Ionian Sea, the island of Corfu has long been known for its beaches and rich cultural heritage.

And now, an unlikely family of olive oil producers is also seeking to turn the island into a focal point of Greek production.

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Mounting Concerns in Greece as Harvest Nears

Mounting Concerns in Greece as Harvest Nears | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The per­sis­tent novel coro­n­avirus has cast its shadow on the upcom­ing har­vest­ing sea­son in Greece, spread­ing anx­i­ety among grow­ers and pro­duc­ers.
Apart from shak­ing up the agri­cul­tural sec­tor of the coun­try, the pan­demic has brought along travel restric­tions and local quar­an­tines, threat­en­ing the avail­abil­ity of for­eign work­ers at har­vest time.

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Greek Olive Oil Companies’ Update in the Time of COVID-19

Greek Olive Oil Companies’ Update in the Time of COVID-19 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
In April, Greek Liquid Gold described the varied effects of social distancing and closures on three Greek olive oil companies. As supermarket sales of olive oil increased, but specialty store and restaurant sales plummeted, Greek olive oi

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Greece: Glimpses from the Greek Olive Oil World During COVID-19

Greece: Glimpses from the Greek Olive Oil World During COVID-19 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Currently, the picture in the Greek olive oil world is unclear, with both shadows and bright spots breaking through the fog. What is clear: Greek olive oil exporters remain dedicated to sharing their healthy products with as much of the world as they can reach.

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Domestic Consumption Rises in Greece Amid COVID-19, Economic Growth Predicted to Halt

Domestic Consumption Rises in Greece Amid COVID-19, Economic Growth Predicted to Halt | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Greeks are buy­ing more olive oil to stock their pantries, but the COVID-19 pan­demic is pre­dicted to oblit­er­ate the highly antic­i­pated growth of the national econ­omy.
The Bank of Greece has pre­dicted a near-zero growth ​“with a sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive effect on the econ­omy dur­ing the first two quar­ters of 2020, to be par­tially com­pen­sated in the two last quar­ters.” The Greek gov­ern­ment announced urgent finan­cial mea­sures to sup­port sec­tors directly affected by the pan­demic, includ­ing food ser­vice, retail­ers, dis­til­leries and the tourism indus­try.

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Greek Producers Report Poor Harvest for Quantity, Quality

Greek Producers Report Poor Harvest for Quantity, Quality | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
After a bad harvest, olive farmers and oil producers may not be able to receive compensation. However, small producers have a chance to shine in a depleted field of competitors.
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Greek Trade Group Proposes National Strategy for Olive Oil

Greek Trade Group Proposes National Strategy for Olive Oil | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The major organizations of producers, exporters, and other olive oil professionals in Greece, united under the common roof of the National Interbranch Olive Oil Association, have devised a national strategy to create a stable environment for the olive oil industry and, in the long term, increase the annual exports of Greek standardized olive oil to 100,000 tons from about 40,000 tons currently shipped abroad.
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