07 Feb

North African olive farmers press European giants

By Tarek Amara and Zakia Abdennebi, TUNIS/RABAT (Reuters) – The world’s growing taste for olive oil is pouring new life into parts of rural North Africa, where the golden liquid has been a staple since ancient times. However, drought, archaic production methods and poor marketing are a challenge for local producers facing growing competition as […]

30 Jan

Olive tree leaves spark frenzy in Greece

By Karolos Grohmann, ATHENS (Reuters) – Television coverage of the purported healing properties of olive tree leaves have sparked a frenzy in Greece and caused one violent death. Extensive media reports over the past week about the leaves’ alleged ability to cure illnesses including cancer have triggered an angry response from doctors and pharmacists. “In […]

27 Jan

Searching for the green gold, olive harvest at La Rogaia

The agriturismo La Rogaia in Umbria offers a new kind of active holidays. Guests can come for the olive harvest in autumn and pick olives for their own olive oil – guaranteed extravergine and organic. They can learn about ancient agricultural traditions and take home extra virgin olive oil from Umbria, which is considered among […]

24 Jan

Borges buys Tramier to grow in French market

By Ivan Castano Spanish food group Borges has acquired French canned-olives maker Tramier for an undisclosed amount to boost its French sales to EUR130m (US$169m) from EUR80m last year, a company official told just-food yesterday (23 January). [Source] Click here

23 Jan

WTO to investigate EU complaint against Mexico over olive oil duties

GENEVA: The World Trade Organization has begun an investigation into a complaint brought by the European Union that Mexico has charged illegal duties on EU olive oil, officials said Tuesday. The EU lodged an initial complaint to the Geneva-based trade arbitration body in December, after months of negotiations between Brussels and Mexico failed to resolve […]