04 Oct

Lucero Olive Oil to expand in-house operations

By Geoff Johnson, Lucero Olive Oil does just about everything in-house, right down to the label designs. By the end of October, the company will be able to add milling to that list. Using the third Westfalia brand separator to be built in the United States, Lucero will be able to improve the quality of […]

04 Sep

South Africa:olives industry wants taxes

By Nigel Austin, THE fast-growing South Australian olive industry wants to impose a tax of up to $6 a tonne on itself to help fund market development and lift productivity. Olives SA president Lisa Rowntree said a three-month consultation process had revealed widespread industry support for the fund. “Not only was feedback positive, it also […]

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 […]

19 Aug

Australian Olive growers suffer bug setback

Olive growers say crop losses from an infestation of olive lace bugs and fungal disease are worse than first thought, with yields down by about 50 per cent. The Hunter Olive Association‘s vice-president, Mike Wilson, says about 450 tonnes of olives were processed for oil this year, down from 880 tonnes in 2007. There was […]