Daily Archives: November 30, 2014

  • New era for the Greek extra virgin olive oil

    The forthcoming final agreement between Sitia Union (of Agricultural Cooperatives) and Gaea SA and the financial support of Piraeus Bank marks a new era for the Greek extra virgin olive oil.

    It took more than a year of negotiations to resolve numerous details in order to reach the current point of mutual understanding between the three parties involved.

    Manolis Vakontios, (President of Sitia Union) and Aris Kefalogiannis (Founder and CEO of Gaea SA) are just two of the most important people in this forthcoming final agreement.

    We are talking about a mutually beneficial cooperation agreement:

    Sitia Union (Eastern Crete, Greece) will provide its unique EVOO, one of the most awarded in the world (among others: two in a row “Mario Solinas Quality Awards” 1st prize),a certified PDO product of integrated cultivation

    Gaea SA will try to give to this product of special quality, the added value it deserves and will be responsible for the marketing promotion of it as a branded product in international and national markets

    Piraeus Bank will provide the necessary cash flow for any future productive and commercial activity.

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  • Olive Oil production in Spain stands at 29,100 tons

    The Spanish production of olive oil in the first month of the campaign stood at 29,100 tons, representing an increase of 231% over the data obtained in the same month during the previous season and a 189% higher than the average of the last four, according to the latest data of the AICA (Agency of Food Control and Information from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture).

    Milled olive has been 186,072 tones with an average yield of 15.47%, which is 2.3 points higher than last season performance.

    Exports, still provisional for the month of October, quantified at 90,000 tons, which meant an increase of 15% over the previous year and 16% compared to the average of the last four seasons. Meanwhile, imports, with provisional data for September, are estimated at 5,500 tons.

    On the other hand, the apparent domestic market reached a total of 32,100 tons, which fell by 29% over the figure of last season and 24% compared to the average of the four preceding.

    Also, mass marketing (apparent domestic market + exports) reached 120,300 tons, representing a slight decrease of 1% compared to the previous year and an increase of 3% compared to the average of the last four.

    As for stocks, the total volume was 412,800 tons, increasing 11% compared to the average of the last four seasons. Mills stored 262,900 tons, increasing 10% compared to the average of the four preceding seasons. Meanwhile, in the packing plants, refineries and other operators 149,900 tons were located, 12% above average.

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  • Zurich International Olive Oil Award "OLIO 2015"

    The aim of the Zurich International Olive Oil Award and OLIO 2015 is to strengthen the confidence of the consumers into the product “Virgin Olive Oil” and to promote transparency on the olive oil market.

    Both events offer a representative overview of the quality of the current olive oil on the market of Switzerland and European Union.

    On the occasion of the Zurich International Olive Oil Award the participating olive oils will be tasted and evaluated by the Swiss Olive Oil Panel (SOP) of the ZHAW that is accredited according to ISO 17025 and recognized by the International Olive Council (IOC). Producers, importers and retailers use the results as technical-scientific evidence for the quality of Virgin Olive Oil in the current year as well as for medium-term optimisation.

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  • Olatile compounds are responsible for the Aroma and Quality virgin olive oil

    The high number and different nature of volatile compounds drive to the need of a reliable analytical method that allows their proper quantification to explain the standard method of panel test. 

    Although there are some analytical solutions available, they have not been validated and the regulatory bodies are reluctant to adopt them since they can be subjected to unknown errors.

    In this regards, the European Union has encouraged the validation of these analytical tools through the research program Horizon2020, which involves gaining knowledge from the analytical properties of the chemical methods for sensory assessment. 

    This work is focused on the analytical validation of the methodology used to determine the actual concentration of volatiles in virgin olive oils when applying SPME-GCMS.

    The validation process includes the calibration curves for 29 volatile compounds responsible for the most common sensory perceptions in virgin olive oils, the determination of their working ranges with linear response, the detection and quantification limits, the sensitivity, the accuracy estimated as trueness and precision and the selectivity. 

    Sixty-seven percent of the compounds presented a relative standard deviation in repeatability lower than 10%, and this percentage rises to 95% in lampante virgin olive oils.

    The accuracy was established in 97% of the studied volatile compounds. 

    Finally, an empirical example of the ability of the method to discriminate virgin olive oils of different categories (extra virgin, virgin, ordinary and lampante) by the quantification of their volatiles is provided.

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