10 Jul

California crop estimate at just 65,000 tons

By Julie R. Johnson, The Sevillano olive crop in California is doing poorly this year with little fruit on the tree, As olive growers in the state continue to struggle in an industry fraught with problems such as the olive fruit fly, foreign imports, and labor issues, it was unwelcome news to learn this year’s […]

03 Jul

California closer to standards for olive oil

Would make state definitions conform to world standards Current California law does not define olive oil grades A bill to update California’s definitions of olive oil grades to conform to international standards is headed to a vote by the California Assembly. The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to approve Senate Bill 634, authored by Sen. […]

20 Jun

CA: Proposed measures look at olive oil labeling, quality

By Elizabeth Larson, State Sen. Wiggins introduces bill to modernize definitions. California olive oil makers are raising the bar when it comes to the quality and quantity of olive oil produced in the United States, and an industry association is supporting more stringent olive oil grade standards. State Sen. Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, has introduced […]

19 Jun

largest olive mill in North America set to open in fall

Oroville-based California Olive Ranch Inc. continues to make progress on building the largest olive mill in North America. The mill, being built near Artois, is expected to process 76,000 gallons of olive oil a day. The company has invested more than $30 million in its Glenn County operations, which includes a 1.500 olive orchard. Glenn […]

09 Jun

Kalamata Queen reigns over olives

By Kyra Gottesman, Jennifer Davis is The Kalamata Queen, her kingdom is a small orchard with the Sutter Buttes to the south, Lassen Peak to the north, the Thermalito Afterbay to the west and Oroville Dam to the east. “Isn’t it beautiful?” asks Davis, surveying her silver-leafed olive trees and the magnificent 360-degree view. “I […]