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The Portuguese Olive Sector

The Portuguese Olive Sector

The olive growing area in Portugal is of 352 000 ha, of which 23% is irrigated while the rest is rain-fed. The largest olive tree domains are found in the Alentejo region, which accounts for 50% of the total olive growing area, followed by Tras-os-Montes (22%), Centro (18%); Ribatejo (7.7 %) and Algarve ( 2.3%). Close to 97.5% of the total surface area is used to grow olives for olive oil, while the rest is used for table olives. Six per cent of the olive growing area is used for organic olive farming. > International Olive Council


Does packaging help sales?

Does packaging help sales?

In recent years, great efforts have been made to improve the quality of extra virgin olive oil, but what about its appearance? Is design a critical factor? Packaging, a key tool in sensory marketing, strongly influences the choices made by customers standing in front of a supermarket shelf crammed with bottles of similar price and quality > Mariangela Molinari


Is the oil sector changing?

Is the oil sector changing?

If we persist with our irrational opposition to every type of scientific research, resting on our laurels, the price that we will pay will only get higher. Luckily, after years and years of pity party, hoping in public aids, the producers now are starting to change attitude. We are finally hearing about projects aimed at renovating and increasing production > Domenico Fazio


The Turkish olive oil sector

The Turkish olive oil sector

The value and unique characteristics of olives and olive oil have been acknowledged for centuries and are gaining even more prominence today. Cultivation of this noble fruit is concentrated in specific regions of the world, primarily in the countries bordering the shores of the Mediterranean. Turkey is one of those fortunate countries and is ranked as the world’s second biggest producer > International Olive Council


These are the World's Best 100 Extra Virgin Olive Oils

These are the World's Best 100 Extra Virgin Olive Oils

The results of the Evooleum Awards were unveiled at the World Olive Oil Exhibition. At the event, Juan A. Peñamil, ceo of Mercacei-Edimarket Editores, and José María Penco, project manager of the Spanish Association of Municipalities of Olive - organizers of the contest - presented the Evooleum World's Top 100 Extra Virgin Olive Oils Guide and unveiled the names of 100 brands of Evoo from 16 countries that the jury has considered the best in the world


Polyphenols in olive oil

Polyphenols in olive oil

An interview with Dennis Fiorini, Professor at the University of Camerino. All there is to know about a quantitative procedure employing high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detection to determine whether a given oil is entitled to a health claim. An investigation carried out by Massimo Ricciutelli, Shara Marconi, Maria Chiara Boarelli, Giovanni Caprioli, Gianni Sagratini, Roberto Ballini and Dennis Fiorini > Lorenzo Cerretani


The greatest challenges

The greatest challenges

Special report on the WOOE, with interviews. Madrid is hosting the sixth World Olive Oil Exhibition on March 29th and 30th. What is the latest news from the global olive oil industry? Here is the opinion of Luigi Caricato, executive director of Olio Officina: "Less than 4% of oil for human consumption in made from olives, so it is clear that there is enough space for every oil-producing country. We need to work together to promote its consumption"


Microwaves and megasounds for olive oil extraction

Microwaves and megasounds for olive oil extraction

Recently, the research studies carried out on plants for the olive oil extraction were oriented on the introduction of innovative tools for the olive paste conditioning: microwave and megasonic systems able to condition the olive paste in very short time. Puglia (Italy) and Australia: two different situations, far apparently but linked by the intention to share their knowledge to improve the olive oil sector > Alessandro Leone, Roberto Romaniello, Antonia Tamborrino, Xin-Qinq Xu, Pablo Juliano, Miguel Amarillo, Adriana Gambaro, Antonia Grompone


PICS
Unto di partenza

Unto di partenza

Maria Di Cosmo’s work is one of the works on display at “Olio d’Artista”, the art exhibition curated by Francesco Sannicandro that can be visited during the sixth Olio Officina Festival, from February 2 to 4, 2017, in Milan #oof2017

Oil and potatoes

Oil and potatoes

There are many types of potato, just like there are many kinds of oil. Is it not so? Here are some suggestions for pairing potatoes and oil. And a piece of advice for whoever believes that all potatoes – and oils, for that matter – are the same. The truth is otherwise. Some varieties have a tender texture, others instead can be firm, waxy or floury. And there are also the so-called new potatoes > Luigi Caricato


Great expectations for the WOOE

Great expectations for the WOOE

Special report on the WOOE. On March 29th and 30th, Madrid will host the sixth World Olive Oil Exhibition. An event devoted to premium olive oils, with the most illustrious representatives of the oil-making art world-wide. A festival open to every enterprise, large and small > Maria Carla Squeo


The USA olive oil market

The USA olive oil market

Special report on the WOOE, with interviews. Madrid is hosting the sixth World Olive Oil Exhibition on March 29th and 30th. What is the latest news from the global olive oil industry? Here is the opinion of James Otte from La Tienda, a major US olive oil importer


Market analysis

Market analysis

Special report on the WOOE, with interviews. Madrid is hosting the sixth World Olive Oil Exhibition on March 29th and 30th. What is the latest news from the global olive oil industry? Here is the opinion of Ana Isabel Hernández, imports manager of the American company Tama Corporation


The key challenges

The key challenges

Special report on the WOOE, with interviews. Madrid is hosting the sixth World Olive Oil Exhibition on March 29th and 30th. What is the latest news from the global olive oil industry? Here is the opinion of Juan Vilar, professor at the University of Jaén and an international expert in the Olive Oil Economy


Olive farming in Tunisia

Olive farming in Tunisia

The recent Olio Officina Festival gave the Italian audience the opportunity of getting a better view of the olive compartment in this North African country. Though endowed with a vast array of varieties that have adapted to its many environmental conditions, Tunisian oil production mostly relies on two cultivars: Chemlali, representing 70% of the olives employed, and Chetoui > Mariangela Molinari


Table olives

Table olives

The Probiolives Project. Research on table olives has shown that the consumption of this product can strengthen consumers’ natural immune systems > International Olive Council


Trends in global consumption of table olives

Trends in global consumption of table olives

The global consumption of table olives in recent years has multiplied by 2.7, increasing by 182.0% over the period 1990/91–2016/17 > International Olive Council


Young tasters

Young tasters

While it is sometimes difficult to teach adults to discern the aromas of olive oil, children are more spontaneous and free of prejudice. It is easier to discern scents and aromas if we have fewer “perturbing factors”. Teaching is easier when the students have no previous knowledge or preconceptions > Lorenzo Cerretani


The olive oil expert and grafting

The olive oil expert and grafting

Poste Italiane will once again be one of the leading protagonists of the Olio Officina Festival, now at its sixth edition. The Italian Post Office is presenting two stamp cancels, depicting respectively an oleologist or oil specialist and an example of grafting, an agricultural technique that promises success against the perilous bacterium Xylella fastidiosa


The winners of the 2017 Forme dell’olio contest

The winners of the 2017 Forme dell’olio contest

After four years, our international packaging contest is already bearing fruit. Below are the winners of all the competition categories: presentation packaging, Horeca and retail market packaging, and best label. Special awards for most innovative idea, best product line, originality of style, best collectibles, and social and educational value


High quality at the 2017 OOF

High quality at the 2017 OOF

Select extra virgin olive oils abolish the conventional geographical borders and trace new ones. Two consortiums, Italian and Spanish, will be present at the sixth Olio Officina Festival in Milan. Special guests on February 3 are two leading protagonists of the premium olive oil supply chain: Ceq and QV Extra


A journey among olive trees

A journey among olive trees

In a photo gallery portraying olive trees, the landscape becomes an element of unmistakable beauty. Giorgio Sorcinelli has immortalized some very distinctive elements of olive trees, highlighting not only their magnificence, rusticity and adaptability to different territories, but also their surroundings > Lorenzo Cerretani


La Déclaration de Meknès

La Déclaration de Meknès

L’olivier comme "vecteur de développement durable et de lutte contre les changements climatiques et source d’énergie nouvelle et renouvelable pour les générations futures”. La 5ème edition du Forum international de l’Agro-pôle Olivier


Talc in oil production

Talc in oil production

Talc addition was once considered taboo, but nowadays even the scientific world is starting to investigate its use and potential benefits. There is something we want to know: does talc affect the yield and quality of extra virgin olive oil? Professor Francesco Caponio, together with his colleagues from the University of Bari, is trying to answer this question. What happens when physical extraction adjuvants are added to olive paste during malaxation? > Lorenzo Cerretani


The debut of the 2017 OOF

The debut of the 2017 OOF

The programme of the 2017 Olio Officina Festival has finally been unveiled. We start off with the schedule of the opening day, i.e. Thursday, February 2. There is a surprise in store, but we will only reveal it next January


The best oil for mayonnaise

The best oil for mayonnaise

Assessing the structural properties and physical stability of mayonnaises made with olive oil, with reference to its phenolic content and composition. A very detailed investigation has finally shed some light on this relatively unknown topic. We asked Professor Paola Pittia and Doctor Carla Di Mattia from the University of Teramo to describe their most recent findings, detailed in their paper "Role of olive oil phenolics in physical properties and stability of mayonnaise-like emulsions”, published in the prestigious Food Chemistry magazine > Lorenzo Cerretani


Without olive trees there is no future

Without olive trees there is no future

Enough of this geriatric approach towards olive tree cultivation. We need renovation. How can we possibly conceive a sector operating at a loss? If there is no profit, olive cultivation makes no sense. At Olio Officina Anteprima in Alghero, the protagonists of the event were the “Captains Courageous”, oil masters Domenico and Pasquale Manca. With them, the most distinguished Italian authorities discuss the newest trends in olive tree cultivation > Luigi Caricato


NEWS
SOCIAL
EXTRA
INTERVIEWS

If made well, oil is good regardless of its origin

Her greatest dream is that extra virgin olive oil will become popular all over the world. For Maria Flora Monini it is necessary to invest in advertising. Promoting not only the brand, but also the culture of a product. > Luigi Caricato

EDITORIAL
Luigi Caricato
EDITORIAL

LUIGI CARICATO

DIXIT

Sit. Feast on your life

Derek Walcott

TASTE
A delightful Tunisian oil

A delightful Tunisian oil

Imperialis is the oil that stole the limelight at the 2017 Le Forme dell'Olio Award. Its producers are the Bichiou family from Hammamet, who sell it under the Tanit Mediterraneum brand. We were pleasantly surprised by its taste. An extra virgin olive oil both powerful and elegant, made from Chemlali and Chetoui olives > Luigi Caricato

Just call it Vù

Just call it Vù

This is the name, youthful and jaunty, that Frantoiani del Vùlture has given to its Vùlture PDO extra virgin olive oil. A special gourmet edition of this oil is also available. Its birthplace is on a group of hills of volcanic origin found in Basilicata, a small region in southern Italy > Luigi Caricato

COOKING
Quinoa and lentil casserole

Quinoa and lentil casserole

This dish is perfect for a evening meal: full of healthy, nourishing ingredients, it will delight every pulse, veggie and herb-loving person. A recipe given to us by Olio Turri Fratelli

Recipe by chef Giuseppe Capano

Recipe by chef Giuseppe Capano

Awaiting autumn: chestnut tarts with olive oil and vin santo with apple cream scented with orange oil. A recipe given to us by Garda Dop Extra Virgin Olive oil Producers Association

WEB
Olio Turri's blog, a happy exception

Olio Turri's blog, a happy exception

Very few oil producers run blogs. Turri's, with its minimalistic design, is both simple and elegant. It is also available in English: posts are published at regular intervals and dispatched through newsletters > Luigi Caricato

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