20 Aug

Turkish Olives and olive oil producers ask for urgent solutions

By GÖZDE ASLANTAŞ, A dramatic fall in this year’s olive oil production has forced producers to ask for government support. “The loss in olive orchards is growing every day,” said Ersezgin Companies Group food department chief, Naci Özgen, illustrating the dim situation of olive oil and olive producers. In addition to the ravaging effects of […]

14 Aug

Californian table olive growers get record prices as acreage shrinks

By Ching Lee, California olive growers are expecting excellent prices for this year’s crop, which is projected to be 112,000 tons, up considerably from last year’s 16,800 tons. After a disastrous crop in 2006, California table olive growers are poised to receive some of the highest prices ever for their fruit this year, but many […]

14 Aug

Lack of Workers Poses Threat to Olive Harvest

This year’s olive supply is definitely causing a demand for laborers to harvest the crop. Local growers say they cannot find enough people to help with the harvest. They say there are many reasons the labor force is lower this year, but the main problem is the huge loss of migrant workers. In past years, […]

01 Aug

Californian Olive farmers to earn record prices

After a small harvest last year, demand for California-grown olives has risen, and farmers will earn a record price for their crops this year. The Olive Growers Council and olive canners have agreed on prices that will earn farmers an average of $1,000 a ton. Because of last year’s small crop, stocks of canned olives […]

30 Jul

Californian Olive crop may be six times larger than last year

If good growing weather continues and there’s enough irrigation water, the Central Valley olive crop could be more than six times larger than last year’s. California’s olive crop this year will produce about 112,000 tons, growers estimate. Last year the trees yielded a meager 16,800 tons. However, water is becoming an issue in olive groves […]