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A gold standard farm in Umbria promotes research on sustainability and health

Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio won two Gold Awards at NYIOOC 2017 thanks to constant research on quality and sustainability.
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Europol: False organic certification continues to be major problem for food industry

Counterfeit certification labels, such as fake organic or protected designation of origin (PDO) labels, continues to be a major problem for the European food industry, according to a report by Europol.
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Five arrested after olive oil brands due to expire ‘were re-labelled’

Five suspects have been arrested for changing production dates on foreign olive oil brands whose expiry dates were about to run out. Police said yesterday that by doing so the suspects could have made over 9 million yuan (US$1.32 million) if they had sold all their stock. No wonder qu
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Italy no longer leading producer of extra virgin olive oil, study finds

For the first time, Italy is no longer the leading producer of extra virgin olive oil, with the country having now been surpassed by both Spain and Greece. The findings were issued by the National Consortium of Olive Growers (Consorzio Nazionale Olivicoltori – CNO), adding that
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Robotic olive harvesters might be on the horizon

The future of agriculture is fast approaching and could dramatically affect olive oil production costs. Abundant Robotics in Hayward, California is prototyping a fruit-picker that employs artificial intelligence to determine the optimal time to pick fruit as it vacuums the product int
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2017 Fleurieu Food Olive Awards

Expressions of interest are now open for the 2017 Fleurieu Food Olive Awards, the annual EVOO and olive competition for Fleurieu Peninsula producers run by Fleurieu Food. Entries close on 8 September, and the People’s Choice “Punters Pick” judging will be held at the Victor Harbor and
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Energy Efficiency Expo and Seminar, Adelaide

An Energy Efficiency Expo and Seminar is being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 9 August, sponsored by the SA government. The event will address the challenges and opportunities of reducing energy consumption and cost and is particularly relevant to business operators. The ev
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Frosty finish for NZ harvest

We’re sending warm wishes to our NZ grower readers, who are in the midst of ongoing severe winter weather. Harvest is still underway in some areas and frosts are a very real threat – particularly with the Metservice forecast of freezing levels down as low as 100m across the south isla
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An olive picking championship in Croatia

The Croatian island of Brač is set to host the 1st World Championship in Olive Picking in October. The event aims to gather people from olive-producing regions from around the world to encourage friendship and co-operation. Promoting regional tourism and the olive industry with a fun
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