Archive for the 'California' Category

16 Apr

Cortopassi plans major olive oil expansion

By Ross Farrow, The domestic olive oil business shows such potential that Cortopassi Partners plans to increase production to 12 times more than it currently does at its plant southeast of Lodi. The San Joaquin County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing tonight on Cortopassi’s use permit application to expand its plant. If approved, […]

18 Mar

UC Davis launches center to nurture emerging olive oil industry

By Laura Kurtzman, After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the University of California, Davis established a research department that led to the flowering of the California wine industry now, it hopes to do the same for olive oil. The challenges to the emerging industry are significant. They include finding economical ways to produce fine […]

16 Mar

New olive oils premiering at UC Davis

UC Davis will unveil its new bottled olive oils, made from the 2007 harvest of the campus’s 2,000 olive trees, during a public “launch party.” Also making its debut will be a new UC Davis wine vinegar. The event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, at the Silo Cafe and Pub on the […]

13 Mar

UCDAVIS: Olive-Growing Short Course Offers International Perspectives

Olive experts from the United States, Spain and Italy will teach the latest techniques in growing olives for commercial olive-oil production during an April 18-19 public short-course coordinated by the UC Davis Olive Center. The course, to be held in Lodi, will begin Friday, April 18, with an update on olive-oil production in the United […]

25 Feb

Fruit Fly Threatens California State’s Olives

A pest is harming one of Northern California’s most important crops….and the problem seems to be growing. By Steve Milne, It’s a fruit fly that plagues olives. The bug first appeared in California 10 years ago and has spread across the state. Hannah Burrack is an expert on the olive fruit fly. She teaches entomology […]