2018/20/17 - A project developed at the Agroalimentary Technological Institute of Extremadura (INTAEX) addresses the creation of a nutraceutical based on extra virgin olive oil and enriched with bioactive compounds of spinach (lutein and zeaxanthin), which could prevent eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
2018/19/07 - This is what the Coordinator of LIFE Olivares Vivos Project and Delegate of SEO/BirdLife in Andalusia, José Eugenio Gutiérrez Ureña, says. At the mid-point of this initiative that began in 2015, Gutiérrez details to Mercacei the main achievements and obstacles that they are facing when designing and implementing biodiverse and profitable olive-growing models to produce certified olive oils.
2018/18/07 - As reported by the California Olive Oil Commission (OOCC), with updated information from its members -which represent 90% of the olive growers in this region- the volume of olive production this year is expected to be "much lower". The organization has established its harvest estimate at 2.5 million gallons (about 9.5 million liters), which would mean a significant decrease compared to the production of 3.37 million gallons (12.7 million liters) registered last year.
2018/17/07 - Under the slogan "Put doors to the field," two young entrepreneurs from Jaen have created Agro Security, an antitheft device for olives based on a decoy -apparently identical to the fruit- with a built-in radio-frequency identification element so that, through a detector/reader, their origin can be identified when they arrive at the mill to be milled. In an exclusive interview for Mercacei, the inventors of this device, Ricardo Cárdenas and Antonio Berrio, explain in detail what Agro Security consists of, a mechanism also applicable to other crops, which they plan to place on the market in the next harvest season 2019/20.
2018/16/07 - As a result of the mission of the International Olive Oil Council (IOC) in Japan, an operational unit of the Japanese country formed by members of the Parliament and representatives of the Japan Oilseed Processors Association (JOPA) is working to promote Japan's request to become member of this international organization.
2018/13/07 - The Cervantes Institute in New York hosted last night the inauguration of the "Olive Oil World Tour" in the USA. Hosted by the famous fashion chef in The Big Apple, Seamus Mullen, the launch of the global campaign "Let's Make a Tastier World" succeded among the attendees of the evening, in which tastings and demonstrations took place, as well as cocktails and live music.
2018/12/07 - Until now, the Mediterranean Diet (MD) has been widely recommended for the prevention of chronic diseases, but there was a lack of evidence to show a beneficial effect on bone health. Based on this premise, a new research project from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, United Kingdom) has determined that following a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish can significantly reduce bone loss on the hip in less than 12 months.
2018/11/07 - Given the information recently published in general media, Dcoop sources have denied the alleged economic sanctions of Customs for importing low quality oil to sell in the US. "It has not been a sanction or a fine, but we have had to pay some tariffs", they have explained in exclusive statements to Mercacei. In this sense, the group advocates to prohibit imports to "all", in order to eliminate "any doubts about the quality and improve the image of Spanish oil", inviting all agents of the olive sector to join this initiative.
2018/10/07 - Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, the analysis shows an improvement by 20% in the adherence to dietary guidelines among US adults could save $30-45 billion per year. Improving the quality of the American’s average diet could substantially reduce costs associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other major health problems.
2018/09/07 - In Taiwan, according to a market study published by ICEX, the growing interest in the consumer about healthy products has represent an increase in the purchase of extra virgin olive oil, penalizing sales of refined olive oil. A decisive factor has been the food scandals that occurred between 2013 and 2014 that have triggered the demand for higher quality edible oils on the island. Given the low birth rate of the region and the aging of the population, the study recommends marketing the product in small formats, of between 0.5 l. and 1 l.