Daily Archives: December 3, 2014

  • Mario Solinas Quality Award 2015

    Every year the International Olive Council organises the competition for the Mario Solinas Quality Award. The aim of organising this competition is to encourage individual producers, producer associations and packers in the producing countries to market extra virgin olive oils displaying harmonious organoleptic characteristics and to encourage consumers to recognise and appreciate the sensory attributes of such oils.

    The international competition for extra virgin olive oils leading to the Mario Solinas Quality Award of the International Olive Council (IOC) was launched in the 2000–2001 crop year in the wake of the Council’s 1993 decision to create it as a memorial and tribute to one of the most important advocates of the sensory analysis of virgin olive oil, the late Professor Mario Solinas of Italian nationality. Its chief objective is to select the extra virgin olive oils entered for the competition that display the best organoleptic characteristics in each of the categories established in these rules.

    Extra virgin olive oils presented by registered individual producers, producers’ associations and packers may be entered for the competition. Two editions of the competition will be held in 2015 in order to increase the number and geographical diversity of entries.

    The deadline for the first will be 29 January 2015 while the time limit for the registration and presentation of samples for the second will be 21 May 2015.

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  • Consumption of olive oil and table olives in Poland (Research)

    Positive Perspectives for Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the Future of Poland, as appears in a report of Extenda-Andalusian Trade Promotion Agency in which the current situation of both the olive oil and table olives sector are studied on the Polish market as well as its evolution in recent years, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, supported by expert opinions in marketing (importers and distributors).

    Thus, in recent years both products have experienced an evolution marked by a huge increase in consumption between 2007 and 2010, with a slight decrease until 2012 in table olives and a slight increase until 2013. However, some prospects are quite positive, especially for olive oil and, specifically, for extra virgin olive oil.

    Among the trends observed in the Polish market in the last five years, the study highlights the growth of olive oil by more than 80% since 2009. In addition, between 2009-2013 Polish imports of Spanish virgin olive oil rose 145%, while Andalusian exports to this market in this category and for this period only increased by 43%.

    Regarding volume of olive oil imports, Italy holds the first position followed by Spain, Germany and Greece, according to the type of oil. Hence in quality oils, differences in imports are not as high as might occur with olive pomace, where there is a clear predominance of Italian product.

    Meanwhile, Spain is the leading provider of table olives in Poland, accounting for over 90% in 2013.

    Consumption of olive oil and table olives

    According to this statement, consumption of both products is still very low when compared with other European countries. Specifically, the olive oil share in the Polish market over other oils and fats is only 15%, however, gradually consumption is spreading and is competing with other vegetable oils.

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  • IOC expects world production of olive oil to decrease 26.8% this season

    The International Olive Council (IOC) expects a global production of olive oil in 2014/15 of 2,393,000 tons, representing a decrease of 26.8% compared to the previous season.
    Under the chairmanship of Turkey and vice chairmanship of the European Union (EU), the agency celebrated its 102nd Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Members held from 24 to 28 November at the organization’s headquarters in Madrid.

    Balances of the olive oil and table olive campaigns 2012/13 (final), 2013/14 (provisional) and 2013/14 (estimates) were considered at this meeting regarding production and consumption.

    Thus, according to data from the agency, of the total production of olive oil, 1,532,000 t. corresponded to the EU, decreasing 38.1%. Spain continues to lead in production with 825,700 tons, which meant a decrease of 53.5% compared to the 2013/14 campaign, when it reached 1,775.8 million tons.

    After Spain, the European country with the highest production will be Italy with 302,500 tons (-34.4%), followed by Greece (300,000 t., + 127.4%), Portugal (90,000 t., -1.74%), Cyprus (5,600 t, similar to the previous season.), France (5,000 t, + 2%.), Croatia (3,200 t., -36%) and Slovenia (200 t., -66%).

    Behind EU countries, comes Tunisia (260,000 t., + 271%), Turkey (190,000 t., similar to the previous season), Morocco (110,000 t., -8.3%), Algeria (44,000 t., similar to the 2013/14 season) and Jordan (35,000 t., + 16.6%).

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    The International Olive Council (IOC) expects a global production of olive oil in 2014/15 of 2,393,000 tons, representing a decrease of 26.8% compared to the previous season. Under the chairmanship of Turkey and vice chairmanship of the European Union (EU), the agency celebrated... 
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