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ITALIAN Olive Sector Must Focus on Quality for Future Success, Report Finds

ITALIAN Olive Sector Must Focus on Quality for Future Success, Report Finds | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A lack of cooperation throughout the sector is hurting producers’ bottom lines, according to an agricultural institute study.

The Italian olive sector lags largely below its potential because of the lack of a shared vision and solid data upon which the future of the industry should be developed, according to the latest report from the Institute for Services to the Agricultural Market (Ismea).

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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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SPAIN: Domestic Olive Oil Market Improves

SPAIN: Domestic Olive Oil Market Improves | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The 2020/21 crop year con­tin­ues to move in the right direc­tion in Spain, with olive oil sales in October and November increas­ing by 1.8 per­cent com­pared with the same period in the pre­vi­ous year.
According to the lat­est data released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, a total of 293,900 tons of olive oil were sold in the first two months of the cur­rent crop year.

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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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Morocco: Despite Drop in Production and Exports, Producers Remain Optimistic

Morocco: Despite Drop in Production and Exports, Producers Remain Optimistic | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Moroccan olive oil production is expected to exceed that of Tunisia, Turkey and Portugal.

In spite of the consecutive years of decline, olive oil production in Morocco continues to trend upward, mostly due to a government initiative to plant more olive trees.

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Organic Olive Cultivation Continues to Grow in Spain

Organic Olive Cultivation Continues to Grow in Spain | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Lands devoted to organ­i­cally cul­ti­vated olive groves in Spain increased by nearly five per­cent in 2019, accord­ing to the lat­est analy­sis from the country’s Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Food.
Over­all, organic agri­cul­tural sur­face area in the coun­try increased by 4.8 per­cent, allow­ing Spain to main­tain its posi­tion as the largest organic farm­ing nation in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.

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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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Tunisia Asks Europe to Increase Duty-Free Imports

Tunisia Asks Europe to Increase Duty-Free Imports | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Tunisia’s National Olive Oil Board (ONH) has asked the Euro­pean Union to increase its duty-free olive oil import quota from the North African coun­try to 100,000 tons.
Cur­rently, E.U. importers can bring up to 56,700 tons into the 27-mem­ber trad­ing bloc with­out pay­ing tar­iffs, but Chokri Bay­oudh argues that this is not enough and said it is time to update the 20-year-old agree­ment.

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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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Spain Requests More EU Support for Olive Oil Producers

Spain Requests More EU Support for Olive Oil Producers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
After the com­ple­tion of the pri­vate stor­age aid scheme that resulted in more than one-quar­ter of Euro­pean Union olive oil stocks being with­drawn from the mar­ket, the sec­tor remains in limbo with the antic­i­pated recov­ery of prices being slowed down by the COVID-19 pan­demic.
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Portugal: Coronavirus Crisis Hits Small Producers Hardest in Portugal

Portugal: Coronavirus Crisis Hits Small Producers Hardest in Portugal | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Domestic consumption has dried up as restaurants close and hotel rooms sit empty. Exports have also dropped as countries around the world cancel their orders for Portuguese oil.
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TUNISIA Works With Producers to Add Value to Branded Exports

TUNISIA Works With Producers to Add Value to Branded Exports | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Olive oil exporters in Tunisia hope to double exports of bottled olive oil in the next five years. The government plans to help by easing bureaucratic hurdles and promoting quality.
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SPANISH Exports of Bottled Olive Oil to U.S. Drop 80 Percent

SPANISH Exports of Bottled Olive Oil to U.S. Drop 80 Percent | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The news comes as Spain’s Food Information and Control Agency announced that production would be about 200,000 tons lower than initially estimated

Spanish bottled olive oil exports to the United States decreased by 80 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Spain’s main agricultural cooperative, Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias.

Tariffs imposed in October 2019 by the Trump administration are blamed for the fall, which damaged the Spanish olive oil sector dramatically.

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SPAIN Seeks New Technology for Olive Oil Quality Testing

SPAIN Seeks New Technology for Olive Oil Quality Testing | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

An innovative project in the area of olive oil testing and quality rating has been launched in Spain.

The collaborative effort between several important industry bodies aims to find a technological instrument that complements or replaces the current panel test.

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ITALY: New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil

ITALY: New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

After a series of studies, researchers were able to confirm the content of a bottle found at an archaeological site near Mount Vesuvius was indeed olive oil. The discovery sheds light on the oil's molecular evolution over time.

 
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Spain's Farmers Welcome Low Harvest Forecasts

Spain's Farmers Welcome Low Harvest Forecasts | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
An official for one of Spain’s main agricultural unions argues that steadily rising global consumption paired with a decrease in production may lead to more demand for Spanish olive oil and cause prices to rise.
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Spain: Tariff Threats, Covid Aftermath Hang Over Table Olive Harvest

Spain: Tariff Threats, Covid Aftermath Hang Over Table Olive Harvest | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Table olive producers are expecting a slightly better harvest this year than they had in 2019. In spite of this, uncertainty over the future of the sector remains.
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Egyptian EVOO Pioneer Sets Gold Standard

Egyptian EVOO Pioneer Sets Gold Standard | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt is going to become a major pro­ducer of olive oil in the future,” Khalil Nas­ral­lah, the vice pres­i­dent for busi­ness excel­lence at Wadi Food, told Olive Oil Times. ​“Right now we are well-known for our table olives, but soon we will be for our olive oil too. That will change.”
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Southern Italy - Xylella Update: Spread Continues Amid Calls for Swift Action

Southern Italy - Xylella Update: Spread Continues Amid Calls for Swift Action | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The lat­est Xylella fas­tidiosa out­break in Puglia showed how eas­ily the bac­te­ria spreads beyond the already iden­ti­fied areas of con­tain­ment and obser­va­tion.
"We need to change the approach and inten­sify both pre­ven­tion and inter­ven­tion activ­i­ties." - Coldiretti, Ital­ian Farm­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion

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USDA Predicts Global Olive Oil Production To Decrease Again

USDA Predicts Global Olive Oil Production To Decrease Again | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The depart­ment esti­mates that the vast major­ity of the pro­duc­tion decrease will take place in the Euro­pean Union, with the excep­tion of Spain. On the other side of the Mediter­ranean, two of the region’s largest pro­duc­ers – Tunisia and Turkey – are expected to have lower har­vests than they did in 2019 as well.

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Tunisia Exports 146,000 Tons of Olive Oil Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Tunisia Exports 146,000 Tons of Olive Oil Amid COVID-19 Crisis | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

While Tunisia's exports of olive oil slowed during the coronavirus crisis, the country had seen relative success in continuing activity and reaching foreign markets.

According to Bayoudh, Tunisia had continued to export olive oil and meet its market commitments despite the country’s trade suspension and an almost complete halt placed on overseas shipments due to COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Epidemic Hits Italy's Agriculture Sector

Coronavirus Epidemic Hits Italy's Agriculture Sector | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As the num­ber of con­firmed coro­n­avirus cases surges to 400 in Italy, the country’s agri­cul­tural indus­try is already feel­ing the impacts of the epi­demic.
Har­vest­ing, pack­ag­ing and trans­porta­tion have all been deeply affected by strict mea­sures intro­duced by the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment to con­tain the spread of the virus.
To make things worse, sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries have started ask­ing Ital­ian sup­pli­ers for addi­tional and more com­pre­hen­sive cer­ti­fi­ca­tions on imported Ital­ian goods. Oth­ers have enforced reg­u­la­tions that could reduce the avail­abil­ity of for­eign sea­sonal work­ers ahead of the next har­vest.

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