20 Sep

Jordan drought may claim thousands of olive trees

Farmers say at least 30,000 olive trees on brink of turning to dead wood after springs in Joradan’s Karak dried up. Persistent drought in the south could lead to the decimation of thousands of olive trees in the city of Karak, 120km south of Amman, according to environmentalists, who blame climate change. “We witness in […]

12 Sep

North East Victorian growers are exploring regional opportunities for branding olive oil.

By Kim Woods, Tree plantings have stabilised in the region, which produces up to 400,000 litres of oil a year, following a decade of rapid expansion. Those original trees are now reaching maturity and growers are searching for markets to soak up increased production. Corowa grower Paul Trevethan said the domestic market was saturated and […]

29 Aug

Spanish company begins Chile’s largest Olive Oil business

By Naomi Bryant, Spanish-owned Peinsa has announced plans to build Chile’s largest olive oil business at a cost of US$200 million. The project contemplates putting 5,000 hectares of olive plantations into production in Region VII. The company began buying up land near Villaseca in January. It currently owns 3,200 hectares, with contracts to rent another […]

28 Aug

Jordan’s Olive production expected to drop by 40 per cent this season

The Kingdom’s olive production is expected to drop by 40 per cent this season, yielding some 124,800 tonnes, preliminary Agriculture Ministry estimates indicate. Known for its “alternate bearing habit”, under which olive production peaks in alternate years, this season’s produce was expected to yield more than last year, when the country harvested around 243,500 tonnes […]

28 Aug

California Olive Ranch Olive oil plant takes shape

By Rick Longley, Photo by Michael Green, A state-of-the-art olive oil processing plant has come to Artois and is set to do some test  processing this fall. The 25,000 square-foot plant is located on County Road 35 about two miles west of this small farming community, and its owners promise it will help make Glenn […]