11 Dec

BGU, Beduin make modern olive press

By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Ben-Gurion University researchers have launched a unique collaboration with Beduin entrepreneurs to develop a modern olive press in the Negev- just in time for the olive harvest. For the past two years, the Beersheba researchers have had professional ties with Negev Beduin in the production of olive oil. The multi-disciplinary BGU team […]

10 Dec

Olive harvest unaffected by snow in Spain

Snow falling across Spain has not harmed the olive crop in the world’s largest producer or significantly slowed the ongoing harvest, a farm union said. Spanish television has broadcast pictures in recent days of snowbound olive pickers in southern region Andalucia, which accounts for most of Spain’s olive oil output and by itself far surpasses […]

08 Dec

Croatia’s olive oil producers fight quantity with quality

Croatian olive farmer Sandi Chiavalon has high hopes of taking on the might and quantity of Greece, Italy and Spain with the quality of oil from his groves. The three European giants may account for more than three-quarters of global olive oil production, but Chiavalon is one of many young Croatian entrepreneurs readying their produce […]

04 Dec

Table olives losing favor on California farms

Small harvest being reported Groves cut, making way for more profitable crops Central Valley olive growers are reporting one of the smallest harvests in years – 51,000 tons, well under the USDA’s initial estimate of 65,000 tons. One reason: Fewer olive trees. Growers, disappointed with the money to be made growing table olives, have been […]

01 Dec

Australia: Watch for major olive pest

The Department of Agriculture and Food is reminding growers that now is the time to be checking olive trees for signs of Olive lace bug. Department olive industry development officer Dick Taylor said olive lace bug was an established pest on all mainland States in Australia except the Northern Territory. Mr Taylor said in severe […]