Daily Archives: February 2, 2015

  • Three great chefs of Spanish cuisine carried out a live cooking show session

    The 9th Spanish Virgin Olive Oil Conference, organised by magazine Alcuza at the restaurant Pedro Larumbe, in Madrid, involved an afternoon session focused on cooking with olive oil.

    Three great chefs of Spanish cuisine, Pedro Larumbe, Firo Vázquez de Parga and Sacha Hormaechea, carried out a live cooking show session in front of more than 150 Hotel Management and culinary academy students from Madrid, including housewives and gourmet distribution managers.

    Pedro Larumbe highlighted the infinite number of textures that olive oil is able to produce, which can later be used in a variety of ways in distinct dishes and plate presentations.

    Firo Vázquez de Parga, chef at restaurant El Olivar de Moratalla, in Murcia, believes that there are many reasons to consider olive oil a cooking technique and not simply an ingredient.

    Sacha Hormaechea, manager at the Sacha restaurant, notes that extra-virgin olive oil is one of the best sauces in the world.

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    Apart from the cooking show carried out by these three great chefs, the afternoon session included an educational tasting of different olive oils with Jesús Sutil, Regulating Board for the Sierra Magina designation of origin.

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  • South African's seal-processing factory to produce olive oil

    The seal factory at Henties Bay has expanded operations to planting olive trees and producing olive oil.

    Factory manager Gys Cilliers told Nampa during a visit to the factory on Friday that the last 1 000 olive plants arrived in November last year from South Africa. Henties Bay is located 70 kilometres north-west of Swakopmund.

    “What is exciting is that we are going to produce oil ourselves. We will not sell the fruits to other companies to process into oil,” Cilliers said.

    He said the aim of establishing the olive plantation is to create permanent employment for Namibians as the seal processing business is seasonal. The olive project started with 1 000 trees in 2013 and most of the plants have already started bearing fruits.

    “By the end of this year we will employ 40 extra people permanently to work on the olive project. Most of them will be women,” said Cilliers. Olive oil is said to help fight high levels of cholesterol, treats sunburns and reduces strokes, especially amongst elderly people.

    The factory opens from July to November every year when the seal harvest starts. There are 96 people permanently employed at the factory but they only work from July to November.

    Last August, another N$1 million olive plantation was launched 10 kilometres west of the Okombahe settlement. This plantation is expected to provide employment to more than 300 people from Okombahe and other settlements such as Otjimbingwe, Namanpost and the rest of the Erongo Region.

    Other olive farms include Swakop River Olives near Swakopmund, and the Heiser’s Olivenhain at Farm Hartebeestteich-Süd, situated seven kilometres north of Hochfeld.

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  • In the European chip sector in 2014 the fastest-growing flavor was olive oil

    The top three flavors in the European chip sector in 2014 were salt, cheese and onion. However, the fastest-growing flavor was olive oil. Olive oil was the fastest-growing flavor in chips last year.
    In 2014, there were three times more products using olive oil compared to 2010 and this is of course related to how the chips are made, because olive oil is a very popular flavor in baked chips. It’s not just an added flavor, but it’s used to bake the chip too and olive oil, among all the oils, is pretty premium and high quality.
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  • Turkey faces steep ups and downs in Olive Oil prices

    The production price of Turkish olive oil has reached 12 Turkish Liras ($5) per kilogram, but there remains a shortage in the sector. Industrialists who cannot find enough olive and olive oil products in the domestic market plan to import product, with Turkey’s Komili being the first to import olive oil from abroad, while many industrialists are planning to follow suit, importing products mainly from Tunisia.

    “As there are no state policies to regulate the market, Turkey faces steep ups and downs in prices when anything wrong happens in the world, including a draught or bad weather conditions,” said Cahit Çetin, head of Tariş Olive and Olive Oil Association, a cooperative organization with more than 28,000 producers in Turkey.

    Turkey needs to adopt a series of good marketing strategies to introduce its olive and olive oil products while supporting producers in order to maintain the sector, he added.

    Mixed reasons push down prices

    Due to a decrease in yields, stemming mainly from poor weather conditions in Spain and Italy, the global olive oil sector has been suffering from fluctuating prices since the beginning of the season.

    In addition to the poor weather conditions, the lack of olive oil from Syria due to the conflict in the county is another factor pushing prices up. The price of buying a kilo of virgin olive oil from a producer is over 12 liras, but the producers do not want to supply products to industrialists, as they expect the price to increase further.

    As a result, many industrialists are planning to import olive and olive oil products from abroad, mainly from Tunisia. Turkey’s Komili was the first this year to take such a step.

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