2018/19/12 - The Costa Rican consumer perceives olive oil as an elitist and expensive product, using it almost exclusively as a dressing for salads and/or as an ingredient in sauces. The price, followed by the brand, are key factors when taking a purchasing decision, while the country of origin, method of production or health qualities play a barely relevant role, according to a study by ICEX Spain.
2018/17/12 - The president of the Italian Association of Olive Oil Producers (Assitol), Anna Cane, has highlighted that if 2014 was named "Annus Horribilis" (horrible year) for the production of Italian olive oil, 2018 runs the risk of being considered "Annus Terribilis" (terrible year) for the entire olive sector, according to the first campaign estimates, which reveal that the national production will not exceed 200,000 tons.
2018/14/12 - Seeing both forests and trees is about to get easier, thanks to a new open-access tool developed by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with support from the Google Earth Engine Team and the US Government's SilvaCarbon Program - allowing anyone to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere.
2018/13/12 - Researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the Scintillon Institute of the United States have designed a sensor that allows detecting falsifications in the containers of olive oil labeled as extra virgin or with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).
2018/12/12 - A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offers insights from a cohort study of women in the U.S. who reported consuming a Mediterranean-type diet.

2018/20/12 - The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached today a political agreement on a new set of rules that will ensure protection of 100% of EU farmers and of a very large majority of EU agri-food companies against practices contrary to good faith and fair dealing.

2018/10/12 - A collaboration agreement was signed between the International Olive Council and Libya during the World Olive Day celebrations at IOC headquarters on 22 November. The agreement was signed by the Executive Director, Abdellatif Ghedira, and by the chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Libya in Madrid, Walid B. D. Abuabdalla.
2018/07/12 - The European Commission (EC) foresees that European production of olive oil will increase by 1.3% per year by 2030, due to new plantation systems and improved agronomic practices, according to a report from the EU Executive on the outlook for the main agricultural markets of the EU.
2018/05/12 - The Olive Oil Commission of California’s sampling and testing program continues to work to ensure California handlers are correctly labeling the grade of their olive oil and performance has improved overall since the start of the program in 2014. During the large harvest of 2017/18, the OOCC focused on more stringently enforcing the requirements of its mandatory government sampling and testing program and the number of samples collected in 2018 was increased significantly.
2018/04/12 - Pregnant women who follow a Mediterranean Diet have less risk of their children having a trajectory of accelerated growth -characterized by a high birth weight and a rapid increase in weight in childhood- a fact that could determine an increased risk of Obesity in the future.