Daily Archives: April 16, 2015

  • 'Anti-tumor' Sicilian oil, pasta at Expo Milano 2015

    Two scientific studies will be presented at Expo Milano 2015 showing that consumption of Sicilian durum wheat and olive oil help to ward off disease.

    The studies were presented on Wednesday morning at the new oncology center at the Civico hospital.

    The research activity was conducted by the Gian Pietro Ballatore consortium and the Agrarian and Forestry Sciences Department at the University of Palermo in collaboration with Palermo’s Civico hospital.

    The Dieta Mediterranea e Salute (DIMESA) project made it possible to create a type of olive oil rich in polyphenols and bioactive compounds with antioxidant effects from certain Sicilian olive species selected by the Palermo university.

    The Innovazione in Cerealicoltura in Sicilia (ICS) project focused on Sicilian durum wheat, creating a type of pasta with ”extremely low risk” of contamination from mold and cancer-causing toxins.

    ”These results show how valuable our product heritage is in the food sector,” said regional councilor for productive activities Linda Vancheri, noting that ”we want to continue investing in research and innovation” in the sector.

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  • Extra virgin olive oil from France goes on sale in UK

    An extra virgin olive oil produced in France and which the grower claims to be produced entirely without insecticides and fertilisers goes on sale in the UK this week.

    The product differs from most commercially-produced olive oils, which largely rely on fertilisers and treatments to feed the soil, kill pests and keep weeds at bay.

    After nine years in the making, the first commercial harvest of Querubi – just 4,000 bottles costing £25 for a half-litre – was brought personally into the UK last week by grower Willem Voorvaart. He hopes that with olive oil fraud rife, his “pure and traditional” oil will appeal to UK customers who are prepared to pay extra for something different from conventional blended rivals.

    Since journalist Tom Mueller revealed how more than 70% of the extra virgin olive oil sold in the world is fake, olive oil devotees have been seeking out authentic, 100% real olive oil. Typically, Italian oils are adulterated with cheaper and inferior imports from Spain, Greece, Morocco and Tunisia.

    Voorvaart told the Guardian: “Consumers should be reassured that we retain full control over our oil; we press under our own supervision, bottle, seal (with wax), stamp and package on the estate and transport it ourselves to ensure its purity.”
    Willem Voorvaart with his olive oil
    A Dutch entrepreneur who has worked elsewhere in the food industry, and is deeply committed to environmental sustainability, Voorvaart bought his 500 hectare (1,200 acre) estate in the French Pyrenees in 2006, where the land had been unfarmed for 50 years.

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  • Making the EU’s olives greener…for the environment

    Olives are not only a ‘superfood’ – they also create thousands of jobs in the Mediterranean region. But ironically, producing table olives or olive oil requires huge amounts of water – sometimes a scarcity in hot, dry southern Europe. An EU-funded project has developed a system to re-use the water used to wash olives – good news for both the environment and olive producers limited by low water levels.

    The EU is the world’s largest olive producer, supplying an average of 2.2 million tones of olive oil every year. Spain, Italy and Greece account for around 97% of production, and the sector is dominated by small companies.

    Producing 100 kilos of olives requires around 50 liters of water, which is currently discarded as wastewater. The ALGATEC II project has found a way to re-use the water used to wash olives, cutting the use of drinking water by 90% and removing the wastewater disposal problem.

    “We really think this can work,” said project coordinator Antonia Lorenzo of Spanish SME BIOAZUL. “Growing global demand for olive oil is considerably increasing the use of water in countries where this resource in scarce and moreover, there is significant waste, especially wastewater.”

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  • EXTRASCAPE - International Competition for the best EVOO from a quality olive growing landscape

    EXTRASCAPE is an international innovative and particularaward promoted by the MolisExtra Association. Besides rewarding the best extra virgin olive oil, it aims to reward the quality of the connected landscape.

    Awards ceremony will held on June 7, 2015

    The olive tree is not only a simple tree that produces olives. The olive oil that came from is the base of Mediterranean diet and is recognized as indispensable element for nutrition.

    Olive tree is a strong symbol of Mediterranean history and culture, and it is a characteristic element of the rural landscape in all countries of the Mediterranean basin, but increasingly also in other continents from America to Oceania.

    Extrascape competition is born to enhance the landscape and culture of the olive cultivation, its deep link with the territory and its potential importance in the tourist circuits.

    In this way we aim to promote a real knowledge of the area through its products, its history and its culture. The competition for extra virgin olive oils and olive-growing landscapes, in fact, takes place during the event “Sosta al Tratturo”.

    The intention is to organize an international network to protect and enhance the landscape in the olive sector, in line with the implementation of the European Landscape Convention.

    The initiative provides the organization of an international competition with a double soul.

    On one hand we assess the organoleptic quality of extra virgin olive oils from different latitudes, on the other hand we want to compare and enhance the olive landscape. For the first time a competition award “a certain portion of land”, where olive trees are cultivated.

    Just to underline this conception and give the good practices, Extrascape competition will coincide with “Carrese”, an important and traditional village festival of the rural and popular culture of San Martino in Pensilis.
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  • The 9th China (Guangzhou) International Edible Oil & Olive Oil Exhibition 2015

    As the most professional and authoritative edible oil exhibition in China, IOE 2015 – The 9th China (Guangzhou) International Edible Oil & Olive Oil Exhibition 2015 will be staged at China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou from June 4-6, 2015.

    China International Edible Oil & Olive Oil Exhibition (IOE 2015) aims to provide the most professional platform for overseas olive oil manufacturers and exporters and to set up international standard of high quality olive oil in China market.

    The China International Edible Oil & Olive Oil Exhibition attracts most excellent oversea and domestic edible oil and olive oil manufacturers, importers and exporters, agents and distributors participate.
    China_International_Edible_Oil_&_Olive_Oil_ExhibitionIn the meantime, the organizers will organize the supermarkets and whole-sale markets to purchase, such as Trust-mart, Wanjia Supermarket, Parknshop, Hongcheng Market, Jusco, Jillian, Xinyijia Sup ermarket , Markro, Guangzhou Grain and Oil Wholesale Market, Guangzhou Ruibao Grain and Oil Wholesale Market, Guangzhou Dongwang Food Wholesale Market, southern Guangzhou Food Wholesale Market, Guangzhou Baiyunshan Agricultural Production General Market, Guangzhou Three-one Food Wholesale Market, etc.

    Exhibition Schedule
    Move-in Date: June 2-3, 2015 (9:00—17:00)
    Exhibition Date: June 4-6, 2015 (9:00—17:00)
    Move-out Date: June 6, 2015 (17:00) (Note that the application deadline for IOE 2015 is Apr 28, 2015)

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