Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Spain Sets Up Watchdog to Target ‘Strategic’ Food Industries

    Spain, the largest maker of olive oil, set up a watchdog for “strategic” food industries to bring transparency to agricultural markets and help probe wrongdoings.

    Olives, olive oil and milk are among the products initially monitored under a law published today in the Official Bulletin. The Agriculture Ministry will fund the agency to enforce rules on production and ensure the “truth and integrity” of data on the origin, destination and characteristics of raw materials.

    The regulator will have a role in investigating breaches and issuing penalties, according to the law, which establishes the statutes for the Food Information & Control Agency.

    Spain’s olive-oil output in the first half of the 2013-2014 season from October rose to 1.75 million metric tons, almost triple the 608,900 tons in the same period a year earlier, the ministry said today. About 30 percent of output was exported.

    The commodity used in everything from salads to skin care has traditionally been dominated by Mediterranean growers. With rising competition from Argentina and Chile and upstart groves in California, China and Australia, some in the market have sought more price and data transparency from major producers.

    Article source Bloomberg News

    To contact the editors responsible for this story: Timothy Coulter at tcoulter@bloomberg.net Tony Barrett, John Viljoen

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  • Recipe: Go to Athens, at least gastronomically

    Barbecued, skewered lamb, called souvlaki, is sold as a quick meal on many street corners in Athens. A simple Greek marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic flavors the meat. The best cut of lamb for kabobs comes from the leg. If not on display, ask for them at the meat counter.

    Lentils in the Lentil and Rice Pilaf don’t need to be soaked and contain more protein then dried beans. If pressed for time, serve a side dish of microwaved brown rice with the lamb instead of the Pilaf.

    HELPFUL HINTS

    Nutrition: This meal contains 545 calories per serving with 12 percent of calories from fat.

    Cooking tip: Slowly add the lentils to the boiling liquid. The liquid will remain at the boiling point and will save some cooking time.

    Soak first: If using wooden skewers, soak in water before using.

    To buy: 1/2 pound lamb kabobs cut from the leg, 1 lemon, 1 medium green bell pepper, 1 package cherry tomatoes and 1 small package lentils.

    Staples: Olive oil, onion, minced garlic, fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth, long-grain white rice, salt and black peppercorns.

    Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of “Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.”

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    Barbecued, skewered lamb, called souvlaki, is sold as a quick meal on many street corners in Athens. A simple Greek marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic flavors the meat. The best cut of lamb for kabobs comes from the leg. If not on display, ask for them at... 
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  • Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo’s Business Awards 2014: Winner profile - Campden BRI

    Campden has maintained its position as the world’s leading food research organisation by recently winning a major contract to analyse olive oil imported into the UK.

    The Chipping Campden-based research, analysis and consultancy for the food and drink industry won the Best Place to Work category in the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo’s Business Awards last year.

    Now the 2014 Business Awards, which again have accountants Randall & Payne as title sponsors, will once more highlight the county’s leading companies.

    New olive oil regulations have come into force in the UK to ensure olive oil is marketed correctly and to provide a deterrent against fraud.

    The analysis work being carried out at Campden BRI’s state-of-the-art laboratories in the county will ensure olive oil producers are adhering to the new regulations.

    Campden BRI is analysing the chemical composition of the different lipid components of the oil to determine what grade of olive oil it is – for example, extra virgin or virgin olive oil.

    Dr Julian South, head of chemistry and biochemistry at Campden BRI, said: “Our analysis work will help to protect and reassure consumers that when they buy a bottle of olive oil it contains what it says on the label.”

    Under the contract with the Rural Payments Agency, Campden BRI is responsible for all the testing of extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, olive oil composed of refined olive oils and virgin olive oils, and olive pomace oil imported into the UK.

    Campden BRI, a membership organisation employing almost 400 staff, has invested more than £3million in the business over the last two years to maintain its position as a trusted and respected centre providing technical excellence to the food and drink industry.

    With its headquarters in Chipping Campden it also has sites in Nutfield, Surrey and Budapest.

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  • “World of Private Label” International Trade Show, 20-21 May, 2014

    PLMA’s new Salute to Excellence Awards honor retailers for private label product innovation
    Amsterdam – Retailers across Europe are introducing more and more private label products with higher quality, greater innovation and better packaging.

    PLMA has created a new programme, the International Salute to Excellence Awards, to honor these retailers and their products. The first International Salute to Excellence Awards will be announced at PLMA’s “World of Private Label” Trade Show seminar programme next month at the RAI Exhibition Centre here.

    The 2014 International Salute to Excellence Awards will give recognition to outstanding food and nonfood private label products that have been introduced on the shelves of supermarkets, hypermarkets, discounters, drugstores, and specialty stores in the past year.

    National and international retailers submitted over 200 products, covering 30 categories, for consideration by an international panel of industry experts, including chefs, former retailers, academics, nutritionists, journalists, and packaging specialists. The panel carefully examined all the products and then graded them on several criteria, including appearance, taste, packaging & presentation and value for money.

    The winning products will be announced at the PLMA seminar programme on Monday, 19 May, one day before the “World of Private Label” Trade Show floor opens. Brian Sharoff, PLMA President, and Kitty Koelemeijer, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, will moderate the Salute to Excellence Awards presentation.

    The seminar programme will also feature “Nielsen Private Label Trends”, an overview of the latest country-by-country market share data by Paolo Politi, International Sales Director, The Nielsen Company.

    The final seminar presentation will be “E-Retailing and Shoppers of the Future”. Steve Mader, Director Digital Retail, Kantar Retail, will discuss how technology and changing shopper attitudes are re-shaping retail.

    The 2014 “World of Private Label” Trade Show, on 20-21 May, will again be the world’s largest private label trade exhibition, attracting more than 10,000 buyers and visitors from over 100 countries. “The growth of the trade show has far exceeded what we could have ever imagined when we started out in 1986”, says PLMA’s Brian Sharoff. “This year’s event will have nearly 4,000 exhibit stands on the trade show floor. There will be more than 2,200 exhibitors from 70 countries, including 53 national and regional pavilions. This growth reflects the tremendous international success of retailer brands.”

    In addition to exhibitors on the trade show floor, the 2014 “World of Private Label” features PLMA’s Idea Supermarket, where visitors can see private label products on display from retailers across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Another attraction, PLMA’s New Product Expo, displays the new private label products from Trade Show exhibitors.

    For more information about PLMA’s 2014 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show or to arrange an interview with Brian Sharoff, President, PLMA,
    please contact PLMA International Council, Leonique White, Manager Trade Show Development,
    at telephone: +31 20 5753032
    or email: press@plma.nl
    www.plmainternational.com
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    Founded in 1979, PLMA includes members that range from multinational corporations to small and medium sized companies. With executive offices in New York, a special International Council satellite office in Amsterdam and representatives across the globe, PLMA provides services to more than 3,500 member manufacturers from over 70 countries. PLMA presented its first trade show in the United States in 1980, its first trade show in Europe in 1986 and its first trade show in Asia in 1994.

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  • Shoppers Across Europe are Buying More Private Label

    Retailer brands once again posted market share gains across Europe, whether it’s in the emerging retail markets in the East or the most established ones throughout the region. Private label is becoming more popular with Europe’s shoppers. Retailers are responding with bigger own brand programs featuring innovative new products and greater value. The market share for private label climbed in 18 of the 20 countries tracked by Nielsen data for PLMA’s 2013 Private Label Yearbook.

    In southern Europe consumers purchased more retailer brand products. In addition the Nielsen data shows that private label market share is increasing in countries with stronger economies, such as Germany, The Netherlands and Austria.

    Retailer brands accounted for the majority of all products sold in two countries: Switzerland (53%) and Spain (51%). Market share levels exceeded 40% in four countries: the UK (45%), Germany (42%), Belgium (41%) and Portugal (44%). In France, private label again represented more than one of every three products sold.

    The biggest single gain for private label was achieved in Poland, where market share climbed more than 3 points to 28%. Hungary and Slovakia both climbed over the 30% market share level, while Czech Republic stayed at 27%.

    In the North, The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark posted increases of more than one point, while share in Finland climbed above 29%. In the South, both Italy and Turkey each gained more than one point, reaching the 20% level. Market share in Greece was up nearly one point to 24%.

    Private label can expect still greater market share growth in the year ahead based on a new study of more than 10,000 consumers in 14 countries commissioned by PLMA, entitled “Today’s European Shoppers”.

    The study shows that private label plays a fundamental role in the lives of shoppers across Europe and market share will continue to expand. Forty-six percent (46%) purchase them “frequently.” In the year ahead, one in four believe that they will buy a larger amount of own brands than currently. Even when the economy gets better, consumers say that they will stick with private label: eight in ten said that after the economy improves they would not stop purchasing own brands.

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  • Olive Oil with natural aromas from Italy

    The quality of Made in Italy, a passion for territory and its local traditions, an openness to the world make Frantoio Bonamini one of the symbolic examples of the unity between history and evolution.

    Giancarlo and Sabrina Bonamini run the historical olive-mill with great know how.

    The production of the DOP and Organic oils and the exclusive Santa Giustina and San Felice oils, like the related products such as the flavoured oils, the vegetables pickled in oil and the cosmetic line are all found on the hills facing the Val d’Illasi valleys, one of the most important districts at the national level with regards to the production of oil.

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  • Kreenes Ultra Premium: A Gift of Life from Greece

    “The Kreenes Ultra Premium olive oil produced from olives grown in the best organic olive groves in the world located in the hilly areas of southern Laconia of Greece.

    It is a place with rich soil, plenty of sunshine, around the sea.

    This is the ideal microclimate for olive succeed. A special variety of olives grown in Laconia, known as ‘Athinoelia’ and ‘Koroneiki.’

    This ‘Athinoelia’ grows only in the southern region of Laconia and produce the most durable, and really rare aromatic olive oil.”

    Kreenes Ultra Premium: A Gift of Life

    “on the footsteps of an ancient phylosophy Drawing upon a great legacy Seeking out for the secrets of wellness”

    Drawing upon knowledge and experience gained from the past…

    The olive tree, its cultivation, the olive fruit products and their use coincides with Greece’s long history. The ancient and famous legend holds that Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, blessed the city that was named after her with the most precious gift, that of an olive tree. The Athenians soon realized the importance of this divine gift and created a sacred grove of olive trees dedicated to their patroness Athena. This sacred grove contributed to the wealth and prosperity of the city and supported its population in hard times.

    In Sparta, archaeologists have unearthed findings showing that the fruit of the olive tree has been a key component in the diet of the local people since prehistoric times. The climate conditions in the region have favored the expansion of olive cultivation since antiquity. In the Spartan tradition olive oil became the synonym of health and longevity. Ancient Sparta’s athletes and warriors used oil to rub their bodies.

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  • New Awards for Greek Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil " Stories of Greek Origins" Sitia Crete P.D.O.

    Once more we would like to share with our Dear Partners & Friends our good news that the Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stories of Greek Origins Sitia Crete P.D.O., has been recently awarded with:

    • Silver Award at New York International Olive Oil Competition, among 700 Extra Virgins from around the world and
    • Gold Award at Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition for its Packaging Design among more than 500 Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

    We would like to thank all those who trust us and we keep going better!
    Artion Greek Foods
    For Stories of Greek Origins,
    Anastasia Astypaliotou

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  • Epsilon Organic Olive Oil by Greek Farmer Geronymakis George is Silver A' Design Award Winner in Packaging Design Category

    A’ Design Award and Competitions are proud to see that the work Epsilon by George Gouvianakis – the Organic Farmer has been honored by international panel of judges with the famed Silver A’ Design Award at Packaging Design Competition.

    Geronymakis George, Organic Farmer/Producer

    Epsilon is produced in our organic olive groves in the village of Vori Heraklion Crete, near the ancient city of Phaistos, naturally cultivated with alternative farming methods without using chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other substances harmful for health. The harvesting of the olives needed for the production of epsilon has been done by hand in the traditional way. The extraction has been done at ambient temperatures in order for the olive oil to retain all the nutrients and flavour of the olives and has not undergone any treatment, while it is bottled unfiltered.

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  • New olive industry grows in South Texas

    After a few years of preparation, the Crossroads’ olive industry is beginning to cultivate interest.

    Jim Henry, owner of Texas Olive Ranch, announced last year that he would plant about 200,000 trees on more than 300 acres to expand his operation.

    “Two-hundred-thousand trees sounds like a lot, but it’s not,” Henry said. The harvested olives will be pressed to produce cooking oil after the first harvest.

    Victoria’s climate and soil conditions are perfect for growing olives, he said. As a result, he has been sharing his information with other farmers.

    “The more, the merrier. You can’t have too many,” he said. “It’s a positive thing. What this industry needs is farming people.”

    The additional olive farms will help turn the area into a competitive market, Henry said. He hopes to build a processing center on his land in 2015 when his trees are ready to harvest.

    Henry said he hopes by then, his processing plant will be operational and ready to process olives from farms all over the Crossroads.

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  • Red INNOVAGRO - Experts from Europe and Latin America discuss the basis for a global scientific agri-cooperation

    The development of the agrifood sector requires the design of a global strategy for transferring scientific collaboration and the active exchange of knowledge.

    But it is also important to be capable of meeting the demands of farmers and industrials and develop active exchange of knowledge processes between different actors along the agrifood innovation systems.

    These challenges led the last sessions of the the 4th Edition of Innovagro’s Seminar, organized by *Red Innovagro and the International Excellence ceiA3 Agrifood Campus that took place from 23 to 24 April in city Córdoba (Andalusia).

    More than 200 experts, technicians and managers related to innovation and agribusiness from eight Latin American and European countries agreed to underline the need and the challenge of global food and agriculture and to emphasize the strategic importance of innovation.

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  • Scripps College Olive Oil Project - a vital message about utilizing natural resources to enrich education

    For the second year in a row, the Scripps College Olive Oil won an award from the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, beating an impressive field of entries from such countries as France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Slovenia, and Spain.

    Judges recently awarded the College’s olive oil a Silver Medal in the “delicate” category, which included 561 entries from 306 producers throughout the northern hemisphere.

    “We were thrilled to learn that our olive oil is a medal winner again this year,” says Claire Bridge ’82, a member of the campus’ President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, which helped organize a fall harvest so that the community would gather the olives. “Scripps is one of only a handful of educational institutions that produce olive oil. Our harvest truly builds community when we gather to pick the olives.”

    Scripps harvested its olive trees last November as part of a sustainability movement, sparked by a popular course, “The Politics and Culture of Food,” taught by professor Nancy Neiman Auerbach. The trees are a much-loved fixture on the campus. Once slated for removal due to construction, the olive trees were saved when students organized protests in the late 1960s. They were temporarily removed, boxed, and replanted in their original location.

    “This is not just a sustainability initiative. It is also a community engagement project that brings very different people together, and it was purposely designed to unite our community. The women who oversaw this effort had the vision to keep that in mind,” says Sara Estevez Cores ’13, the College’s first sustainable entrepreneurship coordinator fellow, a position that was created from sales of last year’s olive oil.

    In addition, Director of Grounds Lola Trafecanty and her crew were instrumental in making sure the fall harvest would run smoothly, Estevez Cores says.

    Last year, the Scripps olive oil earned a “Best of Show” award in the domestic, delicate category. Limited quantities are still available. Please click here to purchase a bottle of the award-winning olive oil.

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    OliveOilMarket’s remark: Scripps College Olive Oil Project is a good example to follow

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  • World’s Best Olive Oils Announced in New York

    In front of a packed house at the International Culinary Center Theater in New York City, Curtis Cord, president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition, flanked by his judging panel, recognized the best olive oil producers in the world at a crowded press conference.

    Amid an atmosphere electric with palpable excitement and nervous anticipation, an audience of olive oil producers, marketers, food industry professionals and press, along with viewers worldwide tuning into the live-streamed broadcast, listened attentively as Cord detailed the specifics of the competition. The minutes and seconds until the results were to be announced ticked away on a countdown clock on the theater screen.

    The Best Olive Oils in the World for 2014

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  • World seeks produce from Greece

    Honey from Greece is considered a worthy wedding present in Japan. Elsewhere in Asia, gifts of Greek melons are wrapped up in packaging normally associated with jewelry. This country’s fish feature on the menus of the world’s leading restaurants, while it is not unusual to find Greek olive oil rubbing shoulders with expensive cosmetics at stores in the most developed countries.

    This data from the Panhellenic Exporters Federation (PSE) is indicative of the comparative advantages that a number of local agricultural products have in the global market. Greece’s agricultural food industry is continuing to expand its international market share and, according to a PSE survey, almost 30 percent of the new enterprises that start looking beyond the country’s borders work with rural products.

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  • Olive oil production in Andalusia has broken records this season

    The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Andalusian Government, Elena Víboras, says olive oil production “has broken records this campaign, confirming and improving our forecasts”, since, according to the Information and Food Control Agency (AICA), Andalusia has had an output of 1.4 million tonnes this season.

    Speaking at the Commission held in the Andalusian Parliament, Víboras reported on the current situation in the olive sector and its future prospects under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and noted that olive is one of the most representative cropping systems of the region whose importance is shown in the definition of the Andalusian landscape (occupying 1.5 million hectares) and that “it is one of the industries with more weight on our economy”.

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  • The worldwide need for anti-counterfeiting labels for Olive Oil is substantial

    Just a few grams of the new substance are enough to tag the entire olive oil production of Italy.

    The tag consists of tiny magnetic DNA particles encapsulated in a silica casing and mixed with the oil.

    If counterfeiting were suspected, the particles added at the place of origin could be extracted from the oil and analysed, enabling a definitive identification of the producer. “The method is equivalent to a label that cannot be removed,” says Robert Grass, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich.

    The worldwide need for anti-counterfeiting labels for food is substantial. In a joint operation in December 2013 and January 2014, Interpol and Europol confiscated more than 1,200 tonnes of counterfeit or substandard food and almost 430,000 litres of counterfeit beverages. The illegal trade is run by organised criminal groups that generate millions in profits, say the authorities. The confiscated goods also included more than 131,000 litres of oil and vinegar.

    A forgery-proof label should not only be invisible but also safe, robust, cheap and easy to detect. To fulfil these criteria ETH researchers used nanotechnology and nature’s information storehouse, DNA. A piece of artificial genetic material is the heart of the mini-label. “With DNA, there are millions of options that can be used as codes,” says Grass. Moreover, the material has an extremely low detection limit, so tiny amounts are sufficient for labelling purposes.

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  • Jaén and Saudi Arabia develop joint activities in the field of olive groves and olive oil

    Universities of Jaén (Andalusia) and Al Jouf (Saudi Arabia) signed on 16th April an agreement for the development of joint activities in the field of olive groves and olive oil. It is expected an exchange of researchers between the two institutions to define and start executing joint projects.

    At the signing ceremony, the Minister of Higher Education of the Saudi Arabia Kingdom, Khalid M. Al-Anqari; the Rector of the University of Al Jouf, Ismail Albshree; and the Vice President for Research, Technological Development and Innovation at the University of Jaén (UJA), María Ángeles Peinado Herreros were present.

    In order to achieve this agreement, the Andalusian centre aims to provide services to Al Jouf University, in terms of consulting, education and research for the creation and development of the Al Jouf University Olive Advanced Research Centre: AJU-OARC.

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