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 […]

07 Feb

Australia: MIS ruling could squeeze olive growers

By Nassim Khadem Photo: Andrew Taylor ROB McGavin, the chief executive of Australia’s largest olive oil producer, Boundary Bend, says his is just one of many rural companies that could fold if managed investment schemes in agribusiness are scrapped. He was in Canberra yesterday fighting to save his business, and shocked at the Federal Government […]

25 Jan

Raw olives must be cured before they can be eaten

By Evie Barkin, The difference between green and black olives lies in their ripeness. Green olives are picked while unripe, which makes them denser and more bitter than brown or black olives, which stay on the tree until fully ripened. All olives have to be cured. They cannot be eaten right off the trees. Olive […]

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 […]