Daily Archives: November 23, 2013

  • U.K. Readies for European Ramp Up of Olive Oil Testing

    From January, EU member states will each year have to conduct at least one conformity check – including chemical and taste tests – per thousand tons of olive oil marketed within them, to ensure the oil complies with its declared category.

    They must also check that operators who carry olive oil up to the bottling stage comply with a new requirement to keep entry and withdrawal registers.

    The changes are part of the EU Olive Oil Action Plan and were provided for in recent amendments to the EU marketing standards for olive oil and were provided for in recent . The aim is to protect consumers from misdescribed and adulterated olive oil products.

    About 59,000 tons of olive oil is marketed each year in the UK so UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) proposes doing 59 annual conformity checks – the minimum in order to comply with the new law. However this will be subject to a risk analysis, as also required by the new EU law.

    And though there are about 40 olive oil bottlers currently trading in the UK, as one accounts for 95 percent of the market by volume and the top four together cover more than 99 percent, Defra proposes inspecting just the four biggest bottlers plus four others, conducting a total of about 20 conformity checks.

    About 15 retail establishments would also be visited and 39 conformity checks undertaken.

    Read more at OliveOilTimes

    The UK considered applying a more rigorous enforcement regime but found no evidence to suggest it was warranted. “Any increase in the number of visits to bottlers would increase burdens on industry, including micro-businesses, and would not represent value for money,” Defra’s impact assessment says.

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  • The Olive Oil Source announced the release of two new olive oils, 2014 Olio Nuovo and 2014 Organic Olio Nuovo

    The new olive oil is the first release from the 2013/2014 harvest year and is being made available in time for holiday entertaining and gift giving.

    The Olive Oil Source, the industry leader in olive oil-related products, today announced the release of two new olive oils, 2014 Olio Nuovo and 2014 Organic Olio Nuovo, available for a very limited time on their Wholesale (http://wholesale.oliveoilsource.com ) and Boutique (http://boutique.oliveoilsource.com/content/olive-oil-source-organic-olio-nuovo-extra-virgin-olive-oil ) websites in a full variety of sizes from 2-ounce samples to full gallon options.

    Olio Nuovo is created from the first release of a new harvest year and has long been considered the finest and freshest way to experience extra virgin olive oil and celebrate the season. Its fresh flavor is a short-lived experience that can last from a few weeks to a few months before the new olive oil settles into a classic, well-rounded profile. According to The Olive Oil Source, sales of the limited edition oil are expected to last only a few weeks before supplies run out.

    The Olive Oil Source Olio Nuovo is produced from early harvest green olives and bottled immediately after being produced. As a result, it is strong, bitter and peppery, and supplies outstanding health benefits due to its high level of anti-oxidants (polyphenols).

    “Olive oil’s best and healthiest qualities are revealed when it is fresh from the harvest and carefully milled to perfection. This year’s Olio Nuovo is an exceptional oil from a great year,” said Antoinette Addison, Vice President of The Olive Oil Source. “The new oil reveals a lively, fragrant and peppery vintage.”

    The new oils are the latest addition to a full range of olive oil-related products from The Olive Oil Source, including a full range of more than 120 blends and flavors of high quality, authentic olive oil and vinegar and a full line of lifestyle products for the home. Since 1998, the company has been internationally recognized as the premiere source for the highest quality products in the olive oil industry.

    Latest Additions to the Wholesale Private Label Program

    The new products are also the latest addition to the company’s simplified wholesale private label shiner program, designed to provide specialty food retailers and marketers with immediate availability of a full range of oils and vinegars and rapid turn-around production.

    At the foundation of the program is the ability to create custom “shiners”, or unbranded bottles of olive oil or vinegar through a simplified online process. Similar to the wine industry’s approach to bottling wine for later rebranding, the new program includes more than 115 olive oils and vinegars to choose from. A wide variety of bottle styles and sizes provide complete flexibility to the customer. Online pricing and ordering make this an industry exclusive, bypassing the typical “call us for more information” sites that hint at the service without providing detailed information upfront.

    Another significant advantage of the program is its low minimum case requirements, allowing customers to conduct their own in-store tests with flavor and sizing options. The program presents a perfect opportunity for olive oil tasting bar entrepreneurs and specialty food store owners to fine-tune their own product offerings to fill in the product line gaps or present a cost-effective self-branded option to their customers.

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