part of a screen shot with a small image of Dr. Spiros Lionakis on the right and a larger photo of plants in a ring around an olive tree on the left

On July 20-22, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) coordinated sixteen 15-minute online presentations for the EU-funded LIVINGAGRO project’s first B2B event. The free event attracted 58 participants: farmers, agronomists, marketers, managers, exporters, researchers, and others involved with agri-food products and agroforestry.

A number of the participants also scheduled one-on-one meetings with innovators who offered solutions to challenges in the olive oil, olive, and livestock sectors in Greece.  

For those unable to attend the July event, there will be additional presentations and one-on-one meetings in Chania, Crete in December, most likely in a hybrid online / face-to-face format (conditions and regulations permitting).

A detailed Catalogue of Innovations is available on the LIVINGAGRO project web page; each innovation was also described in Greek on the Praxi Network platform, and a Greek catalogue can now be downloaded, with contact information included for each innovator.

Taking place on the Praxi Network platform, the July event was designed to bring together innovators with Greek farmers and professionals. The presentations covered a wide range of topics:

•    Intercropping in Olive Groves 
•    Precision Agriculture 
•    Machinery
•    Health Benefit Determination  
•    Olive Tree and Olive Oil Authentication
•    Preparation for Climate Change
•    Re-using Traditional Practices in Agroforestry

If you wish to learn more about the December event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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News Articles and Announcements for Greek Producers (mostly articles and events in Greek)

Κρητικές εξαγωγές: αισιοδοξία αριθμών, ανταγωνιστική πρόκληση μεταξύ χύμα και τυποποιημένου

Olive oil made up 52.7% of all Cretan exported products and 76% of Cretan food and beverages, but much of it was exported in bulk rather than bottled.

Η Αυστραλία υιοθετεί το πρόγραμμα «Παρακολούθηση Ποιότητας Ελαιολάδου» στα ράφια των σούπερ μάρκετ

For both domestic and imported olive oils, Australia will adopt an inspection program similar to that of the North American Olive Oil Association.


A festival and conference about olive oil and olives will take place in Chania, Crete February 23-25.

Στην Σουηδία οι εισαγωγές ελαιολάδου αυξάνονται

With olive oil sales expected to continue increasing in Sweden, there are both opportunities and challenges for international producers interested in this market.

Ανοδικές τάσεις προβλέπονται στις τιμές ελαιολάδου

Estimates and opinions of Greek olive oil organizations on production, prices, and exports.

Ένα πρώτο βήμα διαλόγου και ενημέρωσης για τα επίκαιρα ζητήματα της νέας ελαιοκομικής περιόδου

A report from on a recent collaborative press conference about the Greek olive oil sector.

Ανακοίνωση Τύπου: Οι πρώτοι βασικοί ομιλητές του συνεδρίου της 4Ε

An overview of a conference on Modern forms of pest protection of olive groves that will be held on March 6 and 7, 2023 at the Agricultural University of Athens.

An Olive Leaves-Based Diet Might Improve Sheep's Cheese

"New research reveals that adding olive leaves to a ewe's diet results in healthier cheese," and consumers may also appreciate this, so this could be a very productive use of olive leaves.

IOOC KOTINOS 2023 International Olive Oil Competition

The Filaios Friends of Olive Oil Society announces the opening of the Kotinos Competition for 2023, which adopts the procedures of the Mario Solinas competition. The early bird deadline for entries is January 15, while olive oil samples must be received by April 3.

Διαγωνισμός Ελαιοτριβείων 2022/23 για την ποιότητα ελαιολάδου

The Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ACOM, or SEDIK) is organizing an olive oil quality contest with rules similar to the Mario Solinas competition. Cooperative and private olive mills from municipalities that are members of SEDIK may enter at no charge. Interested associations and private olive mills must submit declarations of interest, providing the name, address, telephone numbers and email of their olive mill by Thursday, December 15, 2022 to or 28210-50800 in order to receive more information about the competition.

The Canada Insights

Very useful information for Greeks interested in exporting to Canada, from the Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto.

Ελαιοτουρισμός: Μια σημαντική εναλλακτική μορφή Τουρισμού

A discussion of opportunities for olive oil tourism in Greece, by the scientific advisor of the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ACOM/SEDIK).

Olive Challenge 2022

For Greek individuals, legal entities and groups with innovative ideas related to the olive oil and olive sector: the 3rd Olive Challenge proposal submission deadline has been extended to Monday, September 12.

Διαπιστώσεις και συμπεράσματα για την αγορά ελαιολάδου της Ιταλίας

A summary of the conclusions of research on the olive oil market in Italy carried out by the Milan Office of the Greek Embassy in Italy, with suggestions on actions to be taken by Greek producers, and a link to the full study.

Κίνδυνοι στην καρπόδεση από ανομβρία και καύσωνες!

The scientific advisor of the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (SEDIK) advises that olive groves be irrigated, wherever possible, in areas currently experiencing unusual drought and heat.

Όλη η Ημερίδα της 4Ε με θέμα: “Ελαιόλαδο – Πυρηνέλαιο – Σπορέλαια”

A video of a discussion on "Olive Oil - Kernel Oil - Seed Oils: Relationships between nutritional value and economy" (featuring a number of Greek experts) is now available.

Η ελληνική παρουσία στην αγορά ελαιολάδου του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου

Useful information about the olive oil market in the UK, from

Κατοχύρωση 4 βασικών Γεωγραφικών Ενδείξεων Ελαιολάδου στο Διεθνές Μητρώο της Πράξης της Γενεύης

SEVITEL has submitted four important Greek PDOs/PGIs for registration with the World Intellectual Property Organization of the United Nations.

The keys to increasing the consumption of olive oil in the US

An excellent article by Joseph Profaci, Executive Director of the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA), about how--and why--to increase olive oil consumption in the USA.

Βιωματικό και υβριδικό σεμινάριο "Γευσιγνώστη Ελαιολάδου" σε συνεργασία με το ΕΛΜΕΠΑ, δυνατότητα συμμετοχής και από απόσταση με αποστολή ατομικών δειγμάτων

Coming up for Greek speakers from February through July: hybrid seminars on olive oil tasting and much more, in Rethymno or online.

Χάλκινο μετάλλιο το ελληνικό ελαιόλαδο στην Αυστραλία, χιλιόμετρα πίσω από ισπανικό και ιταλικό

A summary of a market survey conducted by the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, with a link to the complete survey (in Greek).

Ένα βήμα από τον Σπήλιο Λιβανό για την ανάπτυξη εθνικής ελαιοκομικής στρατηγικής

In the first step toward the development of a national olive growing strategy, two working groups have been formed.

Διαγωνισμός ελαιοτριβείων για τους τρόπους διάθεσης ελαιολάδου

For Greek olive mills, cooperatives, and companies: a competition for those who apply good, transparent, effective practices for selling olive oil, thus contributing to better prices for producers and more transparent business ventures.

Προοπτικές Ελληνικού Ελαιολάδου στην Αγγλία

A link (for readers of Greek) to a report from the Embassy of Greece in London: Market research on the olive oil sector in the UK.

«Ελαιοκομία και κλιματική αλλαγή», το πρόγραμμα της ημερίδας

Coming up for Greek speakers on Monday afternoon: a free online seminar focused on olive growing and climate change.

As Canadian Olive Oil Market Grows, Greek Exporters Fall Behind

"A report issued by the Greek Consulate in Toronto found that Greece has lost ground in the Canadian olive oil market, having been surpassed by Tunisia."

Ημερίδα «Ελαιοκομία και κλιματική αλλαγή»

An online conference on olive growing and climate change will be held on July 19 under the auspices of the "Greece 2021" Committee, in collaboration with the Scientific Society of Olive Growers (4E).

Το 3ο Συνέδριο της Άξιον Εκδοτική διαθέσιμο στο Youtube

Now available on YouTube: the June 9 conference organized by Axion Ekdotiki (publisher of Olive & Olive Oil and focused on olive oil marketing networks from the milling stage to the final consumer.

Νέο επικαιροποιημένο πρόγραμμα και λίστα με ομιλητές και χορηγούς: Τα δίκτυα εμπορίας ελαιολάδου. Λύση ή πρόβλημα ο 16κιλος τενεκές;

Update: for Greek speakers at 9:30 a.m. on June 9, Axion Ekdotiki (Olive & Olive Oil and has organized an open discussion (via Zoom).

Online International Olive Center Conference, Krinos Olive Center, Perrotis College of the American Farm School on June 3-4, 2021

The first day will be in Greek, the second in English. Registration is free. For a related in-person event in the Chalkidiki area on June 3, see Yanni's Olive Grove's Facebook page.

Για την αναβάθμιση του ελληνικού ελαιολάδου. Τα δίκτυα εμπορίας του ελαιολάδου από την άλεση έως τον καταναλωτή: Λύση ή πρόβλημα ο 16κιλος τενεκές;

For Greek speakers at 10 a.m. on June 9, Axion Ekdotiki (Olive & Olive Oil and has organized an open discussion (via Zoom) on "Campaign for the upgrade of Greek olive oil. The marketing networks of olive oil from the milling stage to the final consumer: Solution or problem the 16 kg tin?"

The OliveClima LIFE project

This European Union project team produced five useful demonstration videos (in Greek, with good English subtitles) for olive farmers who wish to help the environment while lowering their costs and improving their products: Weed management in olive groves during winter; Olive tree pruning; Fertilizing olive trees; Compost from the pruning of the olive grove; and Holistic olive grove management.

How the Pandemic Has Changed the U.S. Olive Oil Market

Very useful, encouraging information about growth in the olive oil market in the USA during the pandemic--which may continue after we leave COVID behind.

Η παρενιαυτοφορία στην ελιά και τρόποι αντιμετώπισης

Advice for olive farmers who wish to avoid significantly decreased production every second year, from

Η Xylella f. και η ανάγκη επιστημονικής ψύχραιμης προσέγγισης

Three scientists calmly consider research on Xylella fastidiosa for

Κλιματική αλλαγή και προσαρμογή της ελαιοκαλλιέργειας

This very informative article by Dr. Georgios Koubouris of the Institute of Olive, Subtropical Plants & Vine, ELGO DIMITRA, includes advice and references to more information about how to manage olive groves in the face of climate change.

Η αγορά ελαιολάδου των ΗΠΑ “εκ των έσω”

Vassilis Zampounis shares information from Mr. Jorge Pena, CEO and President of Innoliva, about the olive oil market in the USA.

Έρευνα Αγορας Για Τον Κλαδο Του Ελαιολαδουστο Ηνωμενο Βασιλειο

An in-depth discussion of the olive oil market in the United Kingdom, based on market research, from the Greek embassy in London.

Olive Flies in Spain Are Immune to Common Pesticide, Study Finds

Concerning news for producers who rely on organophosphate pesticides.

Ημέρες Ελαιολάδου: Η ΦΙΛΑΙΟΣ συμμετέχει στον παγκόσμιο εορτασμό για το ελαιόλαδο

Φίλαιος / Filaios, the Friends of Olive Oil and Olives club, is organizing events to celebrate World Olive and Olive Oil day on November 26 and during the 2nd half of November. See the article and contact them for more details.

Η περιβαλλοντική και κοινωνική άξια των ελαιώνων ορεινών περιοχών

Dr. Nikos Michelakis of the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ACOM - SEDIK) discusses considerations of the value of mountain olive groves in Spain. He suggests similar considerations apply in Greece.

Γυάλινη ή πλαστική φιάλη για το έξτρα, διχάζουν την Ισπανία

This in-depth, well considered examination of the issue of whether glass or plastic is better for EVOO containers from (in Greek) brings up points I had not considered (without, however, comparing metal containers). Although the context is a new Spanish law, the discussion is also relevant in and beyond Greece.

«Απ’ το χωράφι στο τραπέζι » και «Βιοποικιλότητα»

A brief introduction to the EU's new Common Agricultural Policy's focus, "From the field to the table" and "Biodiversity," and its significance, from Dr. Nikos Michelakis of the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities.

Κυκλοφορεί η ψηφιακή έκδοση του περιοδικού Ελιά και Ελαιόλαδο

From the publishers of, the latest issue of Ελιά και Ελαιόλαδο has been published in a digital, interactive format. You can find links to the online version and can subscribe, choosing either the digital or the printed form.

Χαρτογραφούμε την ελληνική ελαιοπαραγωγή από σήμερα έως και την 2020/21 provides a fairly detailed overview of expectations for olive and olive oil production for the coming harvest year in various parts of Greece. This does not include Peloponnese and Crete, which will be covered in another article.

H ΝΑΟΟΑ προτείνει πρότυπο ταυτότητας ελαιολάδου στις ΗΠΑ

Vassilis Zampounis discusses the findings of a recent survey by the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA), whose members represent the majority of olive oil sales in the United States, and the NAOOA's proposal for a new standard of identity for olive oil in the USA.

Πλατφόρμα υποστήριξης του Αγροδιατροφικού Τομέα & καταπολέμησης της ανεργίας από τον Αγροτικό Συνεταιρισμό “Ένωση Μεσσηνίας”

This article describes a new online platform where farmers, cooperatives, and businesses in Messinia can publish their labor needs, and interested workers can disclose their availability for employment.

Ποιο είναι το πρότυπο ποιότητας της ΝΑΟΟΑ; Το θέλουμε ή όχι; (upd)

Vassilis Zampounis writes at about the North American Olive Oil Association's (NAOOA's) proposal for new quality standards for olive oil and some Greeks' reactions to the proposal.

Συμμετοχή στον διαγωνισμό Kalamata Olive Oil Awards 2020

For Greek companies producing, standardizing and marketing extra virgin olive oil: the Kalamata Olive Oil Awards 2020 competition.

Διαγωνισμός Ποιότητας Εξαιρετικού Παρθένου Ελαιολάδου KOTINOS 2020

For Greeks who produced or bottled excellent extra virgin olive oil this harvest year: the Kotinos Olive Oil Competition.

Ορθές πρακτικές για την παραγωγή ποιοτικού ελαιόλαδου σε ένα παγκοσμιοποιημένο περιβάλλον

A discussion of best production practices in a globalized environment, on January 20.

Ατενίζοντας το 2020 (που ήδη είναι εδώ)

A thought-provoking consideration of the state of the olive oil (and olive) sector by editor Vassilis Zampounis.

Kυκλοφορεί το νέο τεύχος του Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο

For Greek speakers in the olive oil business, a new issue of the magazine Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο was published just before Christmas. The linked article from explains how to get a copy, and what's in it.

Ενημερωτική ημερίδα για τo επικίνδυνο φυτοπαθογόνο βακτήριο Xylella fastidiosa

The briefing about Xylella will take place on Monday, November, 25 in Kato Achaia.

Διεθνές Συμπόσιο για το Ελαιόλαδο και την Υγεία στους Δελφούς

A Greek description of the upcoming 2nd International Yale Symposium on Olive Oil and Health, with an agenda full of interesting sessions and activities. You can register and find out more (in English) on their website.

The French consumer may be tipping towards fruity and flavored EVOOs

Although this Mercacei article seems to be intended for Spanish exporters (albeit in English), it includes information that could also be useful to Greeks interested in exporting to France.

Olive oil producers petition FDA to adopt enforceable standards of identity

A citizen’s petition filed recently by the American Olive Oil Producers Association (AOOPA) and the world’s largest olive oil company, Deoleo, argues that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should come up with a standard of identity and enforce it in order for the term "extra virgin olive oil" to have a real, clear meaning for US consumers. (Here is a related article in Greek. For the full picture, see also the article below.)

Statement by the North American Olive Oil Association on Standard of Identity Petition Filing

This is the NAOOA's response to the petition filed by the AOOPA and Deoleo.

Επιστημονική Εταιρεία Εγκυκλοπαιδιστών Ελαιοκομίας (4Ε)

The website of the Olive Encyclopedists Society (4E) includes news and information about the olive oil market, agricultural policy, olive cultivation, health, nutrition, olive oil chemistry, events, and more. Written in Greek, it allows direct Google translation into English and many other languages.

Doing Business in USA: Οι ευκαιρίες για το αμερικανικό όνειρο

For Greek olive oil exporters, this is a very informative article about the US market from

Dimitra Alieos talks to Vasilis Zampounis about the strong and weaker aspects regarding the place of Greek olive oil in the international market

An in-depth, informative article based on an interview with an international expert. It includes worldwide production estimates for the 2019/20 crop year. For the Greek version of the same article, see Η Δήμητρα Αλιέως μιλά στον Βασίλη Ζαμπούνη για τη θέση του ελληνικού ελαιολάδου στη διεθνή αγορά.

Pulsed Electric Technology Increases Yield and Quality, Study Finds

"A study from the University of Perugia confirms that pulsed electric field technology increases both the quality and yield for three different olive cultivars."

Εκδήλωση για τη συγκομιδή της ελιάς στο Ακράσι

The Akrasiou Olive Oil Cooperative and the Cultural Association of the region are sponsoring an informative event for the farmers of the mountainous villages
of Plomari on "Preparing and Harvesting the Olive Tree" and in particular "how we can get better and more oil." Agronomist Vassilis Gallos will discuss this on Saturday, October 26th.

«Ημέρες Ελαιολάδου»

The "FILAIOS" Friends of Olive Oil & Olives Club will participate in this year's worldwide celebration of olive oil with a series of events from November 16 to 30.

Πρωτιές & διακρίσεις και σε διεθνές επίπεδο για το οργανοληπτικό εργαστήριο του ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ

Several members of the ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ / SEVITEL Organoleptic Laboratory in Athens won impressive awards at the the SAVANTES Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasters World Cup Competition in Cordoba, Spain.

Δωρεάν σεμινάρια e-learning στους νέους αγρότες από την Τράπεζα Πειραιώς

Pireaus Bank is offering free online seminars to young farmers interested in learning about Business Planning for Rural Businesses.

Σχεδιασμός και λειτουργία καινοτόμων επιχειρήσεων μεταποίησης γεωργικών προϊόντων

A seminar in Heraklion, Crete on Monday and Wednesday evenings in October, focused on the design and operation of innovative agricultural processing enterprises.

Το νέο τεύχος του Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο σύντομα κοντά σας

Coming soon: the new issue of a journal full of useful information for Greeks who work with olive oil.

Το Οργανοληπτικό Εργαστήριο του ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ καλωσορίζει τη νέα ελαιοκομική περίοδο

News and information about the nationally accredited (ESYD) and International Olive Council (IOC) recognized organoleptic (tasting) lab of SEVITEL and its skilled, award-winning panel of tasters.

Σεμινάριο: Σύγχρονες τεχνικές στην Μηχανική Συλλογή της ελιάς

A seminar in Greek in Athens on Saturday, October 5.

Ευκαιρία η ΔΕΘ για το ελληνικό ελαιόλαδο ώστε να αποκτήσει φήμη στην Ινδία

Advice for Greek olive oil exporters interested in entering the Indian market.

Data Reveals Greek Olive Oil Losing Market Share in Canada

"Greek olive oil has been gradually, but steadily, losing its market share in Canada, a report published by the Bureau of Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Greek Consulate of Toronto revealed recently."

Παράταση εκδήλωσης ενδιαφέροντος για Βραβεύσεις στην διάθεση Ελαιολάδου

The Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ACOM or SEDIK) will be honoring olive oil companies and mills in Crete that applied "good practices" in trading bulk or standardized olive oil for the 2018/19 season. Those interested in being considered for awards should declare their interest by August 22 and submit a full report by October 10.

Τα μυστικά της ελαιοποίησης «από το ελαιοτριβείο έως την τυποποίηση» & οργανοληπτική αξιολόγηση επιλεγμένων δειγμάτων ελαιολάδου

Eleftheria Germanaki and the Σύλλογος "Κουλτούρα Ποιότητας" are organizing a seminar about olive oil production from the mill to standardization, including a tasting of selected olive oil samples, at the Organoleptic Evaluation Laboratory of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in Rethymno, on Saturday, September 14. Spaces are limited, and advance registration is required. See the link for details.

Producers and Exporters Eagerly Await Ratification of EU-Mercosur Deal

"The trade deal will eliminate tariffs on both Mercosur and E.U. exports and creates the world's largest bloc of olive oil consumers and producers." There is no mention of how this agreement with Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay will impact Greece, but Greek exporters may want to consider it.

Βραβεύσεις ελαιοτουριστικών δράσεων από τον ΣΕΔΗΚ

For the second year, the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities invites those involved with the promotion of olive culture in Crete and the promotion of Cretan olive oil to apply for SEDIK's awards for olive tourism activities. Interested parties should contact SEDIK by August 5 with an initial declaration of interest; full activity reports will be due October 10.

ΕΕ: Πρόσκληση συμμετοχής σε ομάδα εμπειρογνωμόνων για το ελαιόλαδο

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announces the invitation of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development for applications for experts to participate in a subgroup of the Expert Group of the Common Market Organization for Olive Oil and organoleptic characteristics of olive oil, as well as compliance with current standards. Apply before August 31.

Ινδία: Μια δύσκολη αγορά για το ελληνικό ελαιόλαδο

The Indian market is a tough market for Greek olive oil, where cooking oil purchases are based only on the price, but given the growing awareness of Indian consumers about healthy diets, a major increase in demand for olive oil is likely in the future.

Olive Council, Europe Collaborate on Limiting Contaminants in Olive Oil

"The IOC has told the EU the threshold for safely being able to consume the chemical 3-MCPD, which is found in refined vegetable oils." The IOC also discussed pesticide residue limits and "methods to measure the presence of mineral oils and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (HAPs) in olive oil, both of which can be found in the environment and are carcinogenic in high enough concentrations."

ARISTOIL Guide for Producers: Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Health Protective Properties

For olive oil producers interested in making the healthiest possible olive oil: a guide from the World Olive Center for Health and the Aristoil project (in English).

Η υπεραξία του έξτρα παρθένου ελαιολάδου περνάει από την ετικέτα του

A nutritionist, educator, food inspector, and researcher explains when and why it is useful to advertise the health claims that are legally permitted on olive oil labels.

J. R. Profaci (Βορειοαμερικανική Ένωση Ελαιολάδου): «Είναι μια μεγάλη ευκαιρία να υπάρχουν 75 εκατομμύρια καταναλωτές στις ΗΠΑ που ακόμα δεν καταναλώνουν ελαιόλαδο»

This very interesting article based on an interview with the executive director of the North American Olive Oil Association provides useful insights into the American market.

Σύσταση Εθνικού Συμβουλίου για το ελαιόλαδο εξήγγειλε ο ΥπΑΑΤ, Σταύρος Αραχωβίτης

The Minister of Rural Development and Food, Stavros Arachovitis, called for the establishment of a National Council for Olive Oil as well as a new institutional framework for combatting the olive fruit fly.

Κορυφαία εκδήλωση: “Aνοιχτός Διάλογος για το Ελληνικό Ελαιόλαδο”, στις 19 Ιουνίου

All Greek speakers involved with the Greek olive oil sector are invited to participate in an important all-day event in Athens on Wednesday, June 19. Those who cannot attend can view the event via live streaming at

Εσπερίδα-Παραγωγή και τυποποίηση ποιοτικού ελαιολάδου

For Greek speakers who can be in Agios Mamas, Chalkidiki on June 22: an evening dedicated to the quality of olive oil in Chalkidiki, organized by the Modern Analytics chemistry laboratory with the cooperation of ELGO DIMITRA and the Union of Young Farmers of Chalkidiki.

Διαπιστώσεις και προτάσεις Ελαϊκής Πολιτικής – Μέρος Πρώτο

This is the first in a series of very thought-provoking, in-depth articles about the Greek olive oil sector at, all of them quite informative.

Διήμερο Σεμινάριο "Τα μυστικά της οργανοληπτικής αξιολόγησης και της ποιότητας του ελαιολάδου"

For Greek speakers who can be in Rethymno, Crete on June 22 and/or June 23 (Saturday and Sunday), there is a two-day seminar on "the secrets of organoleptic evaluation and quality of olive oil" led by Efi Christopoulou, a chemist who has worked with the EU and the International Olive Council and has experience with the organoleptic method since 1982.

Αειφορική ελαιοκομία – φιλική στο περιβάλλον και τον άνθρωπο

General advice from on how to be sure olive cultivation is as environmentally friendly as it can be.

5o ετήσιο Διεθνές συνέδριο Ελαιολάδου στο Harvard Club Ν. Υορκης

Information about the North American Olive Oil Association's 5th Annual Olive Oil Conference and olive oil tasting charity event in New York City June 20-22, with suggestions about why it might be useful for Greek olive oil producers to participate.

Κορυφαία εκδήλωση του ελαιοκομικού τομέα η ημερίδα της ΕΔΟΕ, στις 19 Ιουνίου, στο ΕΙΕ

More information about the major event for the olive oil sector mentioned below, the Open Dialogue on Greek Olive Oil organized by the National Interprofessional Organization of Olive Oil - EDOE on Wednesday, June 19, in Athens. All interested people are welcome to attend at no charge; those who wish to speak to the audience should register in advance. See the link for the program.

Σε ανοιχτό διάλογο για το ελαιόλαδο καλεί η ΕΔΟΕ

An Open Dialogue on Greek Olive Oil will be organized by the National Interprofessional Organization of Olive Oil - EDOE, on Wednesday, June 19, in Athens. The aim of the event is to co-create a Strategic Plan for Olive Oil by discussing problems, solutions, and actions. Those who wish to speak should register in advance.

The Spanish Olive Oil Sector’s Three Commitments in The 21st Century

This article is from and about the Spanish olive oil sector, but it includes food for thought about what has been and should be done that is relevant to the entire olive oil world.

Αναδυόμενα φυτοπαθολογικά προβλήματα στην Ελλάδα

There will be a discussion of diseases that affect olive groves on Friday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. in Kalamata.

Απαραίτητη προϋπόθεση το ελληνικό παρθένο ελαιόλαδο για τη χορήγηση του σήματος «Ελληνική Κουζίνα»

This article lists the requirements for a Special Quality Sign for Greek Cuisine (ΕΣΠΕΚ) for restaurants and catering businesses, as determined by the Ministry of Tourism, in order to promote Greek gastronomy and support primary production, especially at the local level. Naturally, Greek olive oil is an important part of this.

How Some Manufacturers Secure Store Display Spots To Crush Competition

Rather depressing news from the USA about the need to pay American supermarkets for the best spots on their shelves. This is not specifically about olive oil and does not explore the way the major American olive oil importers handle this issue.

A device for predicting oxidation and shelf-life of oil and foods with lipids

This interesting Spanish invention sounds like it could be useful for determining shelf life and perhaps choosing a type of packaging.

An Olive Oil Standard for America

Greek producers, bottlers, and exporters should take note of what the executive director of the North American Olive Oil Association proposes and tells Americans, as it could affect the way their products are viewed.

Industrial Ultrasound Applications in The Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Extraction Process: History, Approaches, and Key Questions

This is likely to interest olive millers. Click on the title at the linked page to read the entire article.

Εκτυπώνεται το 87ο Τεύχος Ελιά και Ελαιόλαδο

Here you can learn the titles and authors of the articles in the latest edition of this Greek magazine about olives and olive oil.

Διεθνές Ινστιτούτο Ελιάς και λαδιού από το Πανεπιστήμιο Yale

At the initiative of Greek born Yale University professors, Yale is setting up an International Institute of Olive Oil and Olive Oil, to be called Yale Olive Institute. It will hold its first world congress in Delphi in December.

The Institute aspires to become an international research co-ordinator and public dissemination body for the findings on the beneficial effects of olive and olive oil on human health

Τα 4Ε εντάσσονται στην ΕΔΟΕ

Olive oil scientists organized by the Olive Encyclopaedia Scientific Society (4E) have now been incorporated as Associate Members of the National Interprofessional Organization of Olive Oil (ΕΔΟΕ) in an effort to foster cooperation between scientists and businesses in the sector.

Νέα συμφωνία σε θέματα συμμόρφωσης FDA

The TradeUSA Department of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce has signed an agreement with the American company EAS Consulting Group for the  support of Greek export companies in their compliance with United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) regulations.

5+1 νέες προτάσεις για την εμπορική αξιοποίηση του ελαιολάδου

Intriguing proposals for the commercial use of olive oil, ranging from the simple to the complex, from chemistry professor Dimitrios Boskou.

Ημερίδα για το βακτήριο Xyllela fastidiosa στα Χανιά

There will be an informative seminar about Xyllela fastidiosa at the Olive Institute in Chania, Crete at 6:00 in the evening on March 18.

Κορυφαίες διακρίσεις για το Οργανοληπτικό Εργαστήριο του ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ!

Two olive oil tasting teams from SEVITEL's organoleptic laboratory won first and second prizes in a Greek national tasting competition. They will compete in an international competition in Spain in October.

Δωρεάν εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα για ελαιοπαραγωγούς

There will be a free training program on March 12 in Drama about olive tree fertilization, pests and diseases that threaten the olive tree and how to deal with them, as well as the pruning of olive trees, including practice in an olive grove.

Ο Ρόλος του Ελαιολαδου στην Μαζική Εστίαση και στον Τουρισμό

This describes a new free publication by the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ΣΕΔΗΚ) based on World Olive Day talks in Crete last fall. Aimed at tourism and catering professionals (and likely to be especially useful to tour guides and travel agents in Crete), it includes information about museums, monuments, monumental trees, tavernas featuring local olive oil, and more about the culture, history, and health benefits of olive oil.

Ομάδα Γευσιγνωστών του Εργαστηρίου Οργανοληπτικών Δοκιμών του ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ

Information about the organoleptic tasting laboratory at SEVITEL which is led by Efi Christopoulou, accredited by the National Accreditation System (ΕΣΥΔ), and recognized by the International Olive Council.

H καταγωγή και η εξημέρωση της ελιάς

A fascinating article by agronomist and nursery owner Giorgos Kostelenos about the origin and domestication of the olive tree, with particular attention to an ancient olive tree in Naxos which he says is the oldest in Greece. Originally published in Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο, τεύχος 85.

Μαζική εστίαση: Λείπουν τα ελληνικά προϊόντα

This article offers food for thought about why large Greek restaurants and hotels often import non-Greek products.

Kαταπολέμηση του δάκου

An important discussion of olive fly control in Greece by the agronomist Dr. Spyros M. Lionakis, Emeritus Professor of Arboriculture at the Technical Educational Institute of Crete and a former researcher at the Institute of the Olive, Subtropical Plants and Vines in Chania. This article was first published in Issue 85 of Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο.

Μόλις κυκλοφόρησε το Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο - τ. 86

The contents of the latest issue of this Greek publication, and information about how to subscribe.

OliveTrace: Ιχνηλασιμότητα ελαιολάδου

This describes and justifies a technology that allows the tracing of many details about an olive oil's variety, processing, storage, etc., all available via a consumer's smart phone in the store.

Millenary Olive Trees in Spain Named Global Agricultural Heritage Site

This is about Spain, but I would love to see some global agricultural heritage sites in Greek olive growing areas; wouldn't someone like to propose that? This is the United Nations page about it:

Workshop γευσιγνωσίας ελαιολάδου & ημερίδα

An olive oil tasting workshop and conference organized by the Krinos Olive Center in collaboration with the Athena International Olive Oil Competition will take place on Friday, January 25 at Perrotis College in Thessaloniki. Pre-registration by email is required.

Εκτυπώνεται το 86ο τεύχος Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο

Greek speakers may wish to note that there is a special offer a few days for a 2019 subscription to this magazine: Annual subscription (4 issues), 25 €, reduced from 30 €.

Γευσιγνωσία EVOO με συνδαιτημόνα την ζωγράφο Τέτα Μακρή

Expert virgin olive oil taster Irini Kokolaki will join agronomist and taster Dimitris Psathas at the historic 1924 residence of painter Tetas Makris in Thessaloniki on February 2 for a guided tasting of a variety of Greek olive oils from the current year's harvest. See the link and email for more details.

Οργανοληπτικό Εργαστήριο ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ

Information about SEVITEL's organoleptic (olive oil tasting) laboratory, including contact information.

4ος Διαγωνισμός Ποιότητας “KOTINOS 2019”

The Food Expo - Greece organizer, Forum SA, is now offering the opportunity for any Greek olive oil standardization company that participates in Food Expo to also enter an olive oil sample in Φίλαιος / Filaios's Kotinos Olive Oil Competition free of charge! Applications are due February 28.

Olive oil, increasingly known and appreciated by the Canadian consumer

Barely mentioning Greece, this Mercacei article implies that Greek exporters have work to do in Canada. It is interesting for its points about Quebec and Ontario as the main provinces that import virgin olive oil.

New Device Detects Adulteration Using Fluorescence Spectroscopy

As Daniel Dawson writes for Olive Oil Times, "The sensor uses a combination of laser diodes and computer-constructed algorithms to measure light emissions from samples of olive oils to determine whether they are correctly labeled."

Competitions & Awards: Selected Future Events

I recently updated the Competitions and Awards page of the Greek Liquid Gold website, adding links to the websites of several major international competitions. Some deadlines (early bird or otherwise) are coming up. To see them, scroll down past the introductions to my original articles, down to the Selected Future Events section of the page.

2018, a Year of Innovations in the Sector

News from Mercacei about innovations in Spain, many of them very interesting.

Βιωματικό Σεμινάριο "Κλάδεμα και Λίπανση της ελιάς" με πρακτική εξάσκηση σε ελαιώνα

There will be a seminar on olive tree pruning and fertilization, with practical training in an olive grove, led by Dr. Ioannis Metzidakis and Mrs. Eleftheria Germanaki, in Rethymno, Crete on Saturday, January 12. See the linked announcement for more information, including how to register.

«Αγροτική Καινοτομία»

A detailed summary of several speeches about rural innovation, specifically developing intelligent agriculture to increase agricultural productivity in Greece using education, advisors, and technology.

Machine Improves Yield in Trial Runs by Hitting Olive Paste With Electricity

An interesting technological development in olive oil production.

Μεταπτυχιακό για την ελιά στο ΤΕΙ Πελοποννήσου

For Greek speaking graduates of universities and TEIs: the Department of Food Technology in the School of Technology of Agriculture, Food Technology and Nutrition at the Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese announces the establishment of a new Postgraduate Studies Program entitled "Technology and Quality of Table Olive and Olive Oil" which will lead to a Master of Science degree.

Σεμινάριο ΣΕΒΕ

For Greek speaking employees of exporting departments of food and drink companies, and those who wish to acquire or upgrade strategic marketing skills: there will be a seminar on "Critical Issues in Export Strategy" at the offices of SEVE in Thessaloniki on November 28.

Προστασία και ανάδειξη τηςποιότητας του παρθένου ελαιολάδου

A PowerPoint presentation by Efi Christopoulou, Chemical Expert of the EU, which she presented at the meeting of the Scientific Society of Olive Encyclopedists (4E) in Kalamata on October 29, 2018: a concise guide to the protection and enhancement of the quality of virgin olive oil (in Greek).

Σεμινάρια Ποιότητας Ελαιολάδου

There will be a seminar in Rethymno, Crete on the use, selection, and tasting of olive oil (among other things) with chef Yiannis Tsivourakis and judge, trainer, and lab director Eleftheria Germanaki on Saturday, December 8.

Δυσοίωνες οι προβλέψεις για τη φετινή παραγωγή στο ελαιόλαδο

A report on some of the comments from a recent 4E event in Kalamata, including Vassilis Zampounis's general thoughts on olive oil prices. A summary of additional information from the event is in this Olive News article.


A 5-page guide to recommended practices in the production of olive oil from SEVITEL.

Θετικά μηνύματα για την ελαιοπαραγωγή: Από την έναρξη της συγκομιδής στα Χανιά

Predictions for the olive harvest in Crete, with observations on early results in the Chania area.

Μεγάλες δυνατότητες για ανάπτυξη Ελαιοτουρισμού στην Κρητη

A report on a recent World Olive Day event near Rethymno, Crete, focused on olive oil tourism, by the scientific director of the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (SEDIK).

Οι εκδηλωσεις για την Εστίαση και τον Ελαιοτουρισμό. Διαπιστώσεις, σχόλια και συμπεράσματα

A report on a recent World Olive Day event in Chania, Crete, focused on olive oil use in restaurants, by the scientific director of the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (SEDIK).

Ολοκλήρωση Συνεδρίου για την Ελληνική Γεωργία

This press release provides an overview of what was discussed at the 5th Panhellenic Conference on the Development of Greek Agriculture, which was held on October 25, 2018, in Heraklion, Crete, on Digitization: European Agriculture Tomorrow.

Eλαιοτουρισμός. Ισχυρό «κεφάλαιο» για τήν Κρήτη: Βράβευση επιχειρήσεων για τις ελαιοτουριστικές δρασεις

A report by Κ. Κλαψινού for ΚΡΗΤΙΚΗ ΕΠΙΘΕΩΡΗΣΗ about SEDIK's second World Olive Day event, the one in Rethymno focused on oleotourism. Several organizations (including Greek Liquid Gold) that promote or engage in oleotourism in Crete received awards at this event. (A report on that in English is forthcoming on Greek Liquid Gold.)

Το ελαιόλαδο, «υπερτροφή» για υγεία και ευζωία

This Greek article from Kathimerini provides a useful overview of the recent Yale conference, which brought together scientists and experts from Greece, the USA, and other countries.

Το ελληνικό ελαιόλαδο και η αγορά του Καναδά

An overview of the olive oil market in Canada, with useful general advice for Greek companies that wish to export to Canada.

Olive Oil becomes popular among Brazilian Consumers

Mercacei's report on the increasing use of olive oil in Brazil, almost all of it imported.

Ψηφιοποίηση: το αύριο της γεωργίας

GAIA Epicheirein’s 5th Panhellenic Conference for the Development of Greek Agriculture will take place on Thursday, October 25 in Heraklion, Crete. Drawing major Greek and European political figures and welcoming members of organizations and businesses in the agro-food sector, its theme will be Digitization: Tomorrow's European Agriculture.

Ενημερωτικό δελτίο για xylella fastidiosa

Important information about this disease, which affects olive trees and other plants.

Δυνατότητες ανάπτυξης ΕλαιοΤουρισμού στην Κρήτη

There will be a world olive day event focused on olive oil tourism (a type of agrotourism and culinary tourism) in Crete in Rethymno on Wednesday, October 24.

Agricultural Exports, a seminar in Greek at the Hellenic American Union

"The seminar covers all practical aspects of the export process, from infrastructure to the tools needed for success. Based on real case studies the seminar examines the regulations and mechanisms that lead to export success and profitability." For producers of agricultural products who wish to start exporting. For more info in Greek, see this.

Τα 4Ε στην Καλαμάτα

An informative event on "The new olive oil season 2018/19" organized by the Municipality of Kalamata and the Scientific Association of the Olive Encyclopedia (4E) will take place in Kalamata on Monday, October 29, focusing on markets, prices, care of olive trees and olive oil, and promotion of olive oil.

Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud

Two of the main points in this article, the first referring to olive oil: “'The findings of our recent study indicate that the food fraud incidents are not limited to the product in question and may even affect consumers’ perceptions of the accuracy of labelling across countries,' said Syed Imran Ali Meerza, one of the study authors. 'This highlights the importance of collaborative, international efforts to combat food fraud.'... [A] greater commitment to transparency and increased awareness of food authentication techniques and relevant accreditations will go a significant way towards repairing public trust in the food and drink industry."

O ρόλος του Ελαιολάδου στην αναβάθμιση του επίπεδου μαζικής εστίασης - Εκδήλωση στο ΜΑΙΧ την 17-10-18

There will be a World Olive Day event at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania which will feature a number of experts discussing such topics as olive oil quality, how to use it, its use by restaurants, and olive oil tasting.

Βιωματικό Σεμινάριο για τον Ποιοτικό έλεγχο, την Οργανοληπτική Αξιολόγηση Ελαιολάδου και τους βασικούς παράγοντες ποιότητας μέχρι την τυποποίηση και το τελικό προϊόν

There will be an experiential seminar on quality control, organoleptic evaluation of olive oil, and key quality factors, including standardization and the final product, at the organoleptic laboratory in Rethymno, Crete, on Saturday, October 27. Please contact the organizers (adding an "r" to the end of the email address at the linked site) if you wish to attend.

Το νέο ΕΛΙΑ & ΕΛΑΙΟΛΑΔΟ εκτυπώνεται!

The 85th issue of the Olive and Olive Oil magazine, first published in 1997, is being printed. This is the first issue of the new edition of an informative periodical published by Vasilis Zambounis with the support of the Scientific Society of the Olive Encyclopaedia - 4E. It is addressed to olive growers, olive millers, table olive processors, agronomists, chemists, cooperatives, and businesspeople who read Greek.

Παγκόσμια ημέρα ελιάς και ελαιόλαδου

A World Day of Olives and Olive Oil conference on olive oil and tourism, gastronomy, cultivation, environmental management, and promotion in the Municipality of Pylos-Nestoros, October 12-13. Pre-registration is required.

2ο Βιωματικό Εκπαιδευτικό Πρόγραμμα-Σεμινάριο Ελαιολάδου

A seminar about good harvesting and extraction methods with Irini Kokolaki, for Greek speakers who work with or are interested in olive oil.

Ελαιοτουρισμός, γαστρονομία και ελιά σε διημερίδα στη Χώρα και στην Costa Navarino

The Municipality of Pylos-Nestoros will hold a two-day event October 12-13 to celebrate the "International Day of Olives and Olive Oil," focusing on olive tourism and the connection of olive oil with other forms of tourism, the promotion of extra virgin olive oil in gastronomy and its connection to gastronomic tourism, and municipal actions for the promotion of olive products.

Το Ελληνικό Ελαιόλαδο στην 1η Διεθνή Έκθεση Εισαγωγών στη Κίνα

SEVITEL will organize an olive oil bar at the Greek Product Pavilion at the 1st China International Import Expo in Shanghai, China November 5-10. Greek companies interested in exporting standardized branded olive oils in China, including those that already do so, are welcome to contact SEVITEL if they wish to display their products at the exhibition.

Ακαδημία Ελαιολάδου: Νέο εκπαιδευτικό σεμινάριο

Olive oil producers, millers, and standardizers, as well as others involved with olive oil may wish to attend this SEVITEL seminar to learn about disease risks, olive cultivation, olive harvesting, processing in the olive mill, olive oil storage, standardization, marketing, and exporting.

OliveBioteq '18

Greek companies producing extra virgin olive oil are invited to participate in the Olive Bioteq 2018 Conference in Seville, Spain by presenting their olive oil there. For more information, contact Irini Kokolaki at

«Στεγνή» από ελληνικό ελαιόλαδο η γαλλική αγορά

This concise article provides some useful general information about the French olive oil market for Greek exporters interested in targeting it.

Σεμινάριο Ποιότητας Ελαιολάδου: Κρίσιμα σημεία στο Eλαιουργείο, Νομοθεσία και οργανοληπτική αξιολόγηση ελαιολάδου

This seminar with Dr. Ioannis Metzidakis and Mrs. Eleftheria Germanaki on Saturday, September 29 in Rethymno, Crete will cover the olive harvest, olive oil production, organoleptic assessment, and relevant legislation. Advance registration is required.

Εκδήλωση για Ελληνικό Σήμα σε ελαιόλαδο και ελιά

An event at the Thessaloniki International Fair will explain why and how companies can get an official Greek label for olives and olive oil.

Spain leads the olive oil market in Japan and plans to improve its position

This Mercacei article focuses on Spanish exports but includes information that could also be useful to Greeks interested in exporting olive oil to Japan.

Συνέδριο για την Ανάπτυξη της Ελληνικής Γεωργίας

The 5th Panhellenic Conference on the Development of Greek Agriculture organized by GAIA Epicheirein will be held on Thursday, October 25 in Heraklion, Crete.

Το Ελιά & Ελαιόλαδο επανακυκλοφορεί!

After a break during the Greek economic crisis, the Olive & Olive Oil magazine published from 1997 to 2013 will return this October, again published (in Greek) by Vassilis Zambounis, and now also supported by the staff of the Scientific Society of the Olive Encyclopaedia (4E). See the article for subscription information.

Σε ισχύ οι νέες ετικέτες ελαιολάδου

Vassilis Zampounis writes in Olive News that an amendment to EU regulations about olive oil labels has come into force; he describes the changes in this article and another one linked in it.

Στις 20-23 Σεπτεμβρίου το 25ο Πανελλήνιο Συνέδριο για τους Νέους Αγρότες

The 25th Panhellenic Young Farmers Conference will take place in Livadia, alongside the 1st Panhellenic Farming and Livestock Festival, Agrofest Sterea Ellada, September 20-23.

Ελληνικό σήμα για ελιές και ελαιόλαδο

This Greek article is a press release with links to more information about how companies can get a Greek label for olives and olive oil.

In Germany, It’s All About Harmony

This English-language article in Olive Oil Times offers useful information about German tasters' focus on the harmony, or balance, of fruitiness, bitterness, and pungency in extra virgin olive oil.

Δύο σεμινάρια ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ για τις ιδιότητες του ελαιολάδου

SEVITEL is offering seminars on Saturday, June 23 and Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, focused on the phenolic content of Greek olive oil and organoleptic analysis of olive oil.


This mainly relates to the discussions about table olives at the recent international conference at Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, but some of the points and innovations may also interest olive oil producers.


Technical information from the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food and the Regional Plant Protection Center in Heraklion about how to combat pests that plague olive trees.

Ημερίδα για τις εξαγωγές στην Αμερική

Enterprise Greece is organizing an informative workshop from 9:30-3:30 on Thursday, June 7 at the Electra Metropolis Hotel in Athens, within the framework of the official national participation in the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York from June 30 to July 2, 2018, where Greece will be the partner country.

Αλλαγές στις ετικέτες ελαιολάδου

Vassilis Zampounis discusses the European Commission's plans to amend Basic Regulation 29/2012 on olive oil labeling.

«Οργανοληπτική Αξιολόγηση Ελαιολάδου και Νομοθεσία " Ανάλυση και δοκιμές δειγμάτων από τις κυριότερες ελληνικές ποικιλίες

A wonderful opportunity for Greek speakers in Rethymno, Crete all day on June 2nd: a seminar with Efi Christopoulou, a chemistry expert who has worked with the EU and the International Olive Council, with experience in the organoleptic method since 1982. The focus will be "Organoleptic Evaluation of Olive Oil and Legislation," including analysis of samples from the main Greek varieties.

Συνέδριο για τον αγροδιατροφικό τομέα

The Municipality of Serres and the University of Macedonia are sponsoring a conference in Serres titled "Agri-Food Sector, New Technologies, Entrepreneurship, Local Development" May 24-26, 2018.

Σημαντικές ανακοινώσεις στο συνέδριο για την ελιά

This is a press release describing research to be presented at the conference Table Olives: Pursuing Innovation, Exploring Trends, May 24-26, 2018, at the Krinos Olive Center at Perrotis College in the American Agricultural School in Thessaloniki.

Xylella fastidiosa

This is a page from the Greek Ministry of Rural Development with photos and information to help Greeks avoid having Xylella become a problem in Greece.

Ενημέρωση για τον οργανισμό καραντίνας Xylella fastidiosa

This article in Agrocapital provides a brief overview of the importance of keeping Xylella out of Greece and the ways to do so, with links to additional information, all in Greek.

Ίδρυση Επιστημονικής Εταιρείας Ελαιοκομίας

This article discusses the establishment of an Olive Encyclopaedia Research Society called 4E (because of its Greek name) and lists its founding members board members.

Βράβευση Ελαιοτριβείων στις Ορθές πρακτικές διάθεσης Ελαιολάδου

The Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ACOM or SEDYK) will be offering awards for what they consider the best practices of bulk olive oil sales through auctions or competitions and the sale of standardized olive oil with producers' participation. See the article for details before the end of May.

Is India Poised for an Edible Oils Revolution?

Useful general background information for anyone considering exporting olive oil to India.

Κίνδυνοι από ξηρασία και καύσωνες την άνοιξη

SEDYK's Dr. Nikos Michelakis provides advice on helping olive groves through droughts and unseasonably hot weather, as in Crete.

5ο Ελληνογερμανικό Φόρουμ Τροφίμων

The Hellenic-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other organizations are sponsoring a two-day promotion of Greek traditional products with a conference and B2B meetings of German companies with Greek producers on May 24 and 25 at the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Lamia.

Q&A on the reform of EU organic production rules

From last June, for background now that "New EU rules to encourage more farmers [to] grow organic, tighten controls and improve quality of organic food were informally approved by the European Parliament on Thursday, 19 April 2018." A Greek overview is available here.

European Research on Xylella Fastidiosa

To stay informed and help keep Xylella fastidiosa out of Greece, this informative 33-page online document may be useful. This is in English; perhaps it will be translated into other languages as well.

Ορθολογική και αποδοτική λίπανση στην ελιά

Information about fertilizing olive trees, with citations to scientific articles.

Σε επιφυλακή οι Περιφέρειες λόγω xylella στη Μαδρίτη

Information, caution, and advice on keeping Xylella out of Greece and what to do if it appears here.

Ενημέρωση για το βακτήριο «Xylella fastidiosa» που προκαλεί ζημιές σε καλλιέργειες

While Xylella fastidiosa has not been found in Greece, it has been detected in the region of Madrid, Spain, and Greeks are asked to be vigilant and to inform authorities if they believe they see any sign of Xylella in Greece at any time.

Εν μέσω ανομβρίας, ορθολογικό πότισμα στην ελιά

Advice on irrigation of olive groves in dry areas to reduce the drought's negative effects on flowering and fruiting.

The Olive Oil sector shows its support for the Sensory Tasting Panel

Many groups in the Spanish olive oil sector emphasize their support for sensory tests of virgin olive oil.

Δοχεία λευκοσιδήρου 50 ml από την Κreta Can

The first in an series about options for standardization of individual portions of olive oil: innovative tin cans in various sizes, starting at 50 ml.

Καλούν σε επαγρύπνηση για την xylella

Reminders about how Xylella fastidiosa can be spread, and hence how to avoid it, with a link to additional information.

Ελαιοκομικά προϊόντα στην Ιαπωνία

This article summarizes and links to a report by the Greek embassy in Tokyo on the current situation of olive products on the Japanese market.

Κάλεσμα σε παραγωγούς της Αν.Μακεδονίας-Θράκης

Kostas Boutas calls on olive oil producers to establish an export-oriented Olive Oil Management Agency.

Σε διαβούλευση ως 31/3 ο κανονισμός για ελαιόλαδο

A Greek version of an article about the opportunity to comment on the European Commission's proposed amendments to the Olive Oil Regulation, which relate to the acidity parameters and the cases in which the crop year should be indicated.

Αποκρυπτογραφώντας την Xylella

This is a summary of the main conclusions of two major EU-funded research programs for the fight against xylella fastidiosa, POnTE and XF-ACTORS, from the final text of the annual program meeting held in Mallorca in November 2017. There is also a link to the full 33-page English report.

Americans Love Hot Sauce and They Are Going To Love High Phenolic Evoo

Here is a different perspective, from Athan Gadanidis of the Aristoleo Awards for high phenolic extra virgin olive oils, about what Americans want in an olive oil, and how to get it to them: through spicy hot, extra healthy, high phenolic EVOOs, not mild ones.

A new way to practice agriculture

This is an overview of precision agriculture's methods, benefits, and challenges.

Πως θα εξοικονομηθεί υγρασία στους ξηρικούς ελαιώνες

Dr. Nikos Michelakis, scientific advisor to the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (SEDIK), offers advice on how to take care of dry olive groves during times of drought or limited rainfall.

Σημαντικές παρουσίες στο Διεθνές Συνέδριο για την Επιτραπέζια Ελιά

A conference on table olives at Perrotis College in Thessaloniki in May will feature internationally known experts. For more information, see also the conference website.

Πλούσιες και Ουσιαστικές οι δράσεις του ΣΕΔΗΚ την 3/τία 2015/17 - Εισήγηση Γ. Μαρινάκη στην ΓΣ ΣΕΔΗΚ στο Ρέθυμνο

This is a fairly detailed summary of the activities of the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ACOM or SEDIK) over the past three years.

Olive oil prices under more pressure

Writing in OliveNews, Vassilis Zampounis predicts lower producer prices, based on what is happening in Spain.

Σεμινάρια γευσιγνωσίας ελαιολάδου στην Καλαμάτα

The Kalamata Olive Oil Tasting Laboratory of the Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese, which is recognized by the International Olive Council for the organoleptic testing of olive oil, is organizing seminars in March and April.

Διεθνές συνέδριο επιτραπέζιας ελιάς από το Perrotis College

The Perrotis College Olive Center is organizing an international conference with the title "Table Olives: Pursuing Innovation - Exploring Trends" on May 24-26, 2018 at Perrotis College, campus of the American Farm School.

Η Αγορα Της Επιτραπεζιας Ελιας Στις ΗΠΑ

An extensive report (in Greek) by the Greek Embassy in Washington about the purchase of table olives in the United States (as introduced by Olive News here).

Γεωπονικές συμβουλές για την ελιά

The Regional Center for the Protection of Plant Quality and Phytosanitary Control of Volos has published a bulletin with advice for producers on treating problems with olive tree diseases and insects.

Τι λάδι θέλουν οι Αμερικανοί;

This is a brief overview of a study drafted by the Greek Diplomatic Delegation's Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs which estimates that "the demand for olive oil by Americans will follow an upward course in the coming years, which should not be underestimated by Greek producers, as the future of olive oil exports seems to be in America." The article includes a link to the full 63-page document, which includes an appendix listing many importers, distributors, and stores (starting on page 35). This is all in Greek (aside from American importer/distributor/store names and addresses). Here is a summary in English from Olive Oil Times.

Συμβουλές και προειδοποιήσεις για ελιά

Advice on pruning is available here, in Greek.


This article provides an overview of SEVITEL's goals and actions, including the Kotinos and Olive Challenge competitions, as well as some notes on the worldwide olive oil  market.

Olive Oil in US: When Fame Comes at a Price

A short article by "a group of Master’s students studying International Business at Carlos III University – Madrid" in which they "analyze the current situation" of the olive oil industry in the USA.

Κύκλος Σεμιναρίων ΚΑΕΜ

Registration has begun for seminars starting in mid February for those who want to enrich their agri-food knowledge and skills and those who intend to develop sustainable entrepreneurship by exploiting the natural resources of the local rural economy. Sponsored by the Κέντρο Αγροδιατροφικής Επιχειρηματικότητας Μεσσηνίας.

Ενδιαφέρον από καναδική εταιρεία για εισαγωγή τυποποιημένου ελληνικού ελαιολάδου

Cavendish Farms, one of the largest in the North American industry, contacted the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs in Toronto to express an interest in direct cooperation with Greek olive oil standardization companies in order to buy small quantities of extra virgin olive oil.

Πρόγραμμα ενίσχυσης συμμετοχής σε εμπορικές εκθέσεις - Επιλέξιμες επιχειρήσουν που παράγουν ή μεταποιούν Αγροδιατροδικά προιόντα

Information about a program to help very small, small, and medium sized Greek manufacturing companies that are already exporting to participate in trade fairs outside Greece.

Επιστημονική Εταιρεία Εγκυκλοπαιδιστών Ελαιοκομίας

The co-writers of the Olive Encyclopedia have established a Scientific Society of the Olive Encyclopedia, starting with 29 distinguished scientists interested in interdisciplinary collaboration focused on olives and olive oil. The society supports cooperation among academics, the olive oil industry, and olive growers to foster innovation. Other scientists who share these goals will be invited to join the society as well.

Στην ΕΞΠΟΤΡΟΦ το Ελληνογερμανικό Επιμελητήριο

This article describes a Hellenic-German Chamber of Greece program that provides significant help to Greek businesses, supporting their presence at major international exhibitions at a reduced cost; it was discussed at an event on January 29, as part of the EXPOTROF International Exhibition of Food and Drinks at the Fencing Exhibition Center in Elliniko, Athens.

The impact of olive grove irrigation on high-end EVOOs

This is an interesting article about the effects of irrigation and drought, likely inspired by Spanish problems with drought, but including many general observations.

Φυσικοχημικές παράμετροι ελαιολάδου

Another usefully informative article from, this time about the most important physico-chemical parameters of olive oil.

Proper Application of Fertilizers May Lead to More Consistent Olive Harvests

This is based on research done in Tunisia, so the precise recommendations may not fit Greece, but the findings seem worth considering.

Two Eateries in Italy Extolling the Magic of EVOO

This story about restaurants that use different EVOOs in different dishes is about Italy, but shouldn't the same thing be done in Greece? If it is, I'd like to hear about it and write about it. This seems like the perfect way to highlight the varying qualities of different types of EVOOs.

Πώς αποθηκεύουμε σωστά το ελαιόλαδο

Useful information on how to store olive oil.

ΗΠΑ, το μακρινό όνειρο του Έλληνα εξαγωγέα

This is Vassilis Zampounis's thought-provoking summary of key points made at, and questions raised by, the recent 2nd ExportUSA Forum 2017, titled Analyzing the American Food Reality, organized by the TradeUSA Department of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. It is useful for anyone interested in exporting olive oil to the USA.

Απλοποιείται η υδρολίπανση των ελαιώνων

An overview of the new regulations governing the fertilization of olive groves and use of olive oil waste as a fertilizer.

Συνάντηση Εστιατόρων στο Ρεθυμνο για ελαιολαδο στην εστίαση

This article provides one example of how people in one part of Greece (Rethymno, Crete) are making plans to put single serving bottles of olive oil on restaurant tables starting in January.

Τέλος το χύμα ελαιόλαδο στην εστίαση απο 1ης Γενάρη

A consideration of the new law about single serving olive oil in restaurants, from the perspective of some Cretans.

Χάσαµε σταφίδα - καπνό, μην χάσουµε και ελαιόλαδο

In this interview with Fani Giannakopoulou of, Vassilis Zampounis discusses expanding olive cultivation in Greece, single serving bottles of olive oil in restaurants, the problem of bulk trading of olive oil and a lack of  Greek competitiveness, and the new olive oil encyclopedia.

Σε σφραγισμένη συσκευασία το ελαιόλαδο σε χώρους μαζικής εστίασης

This article provides an overview of the law going into effect January 1, 2018 that requires the use of sealed single-use bottles of olive oil on restaurant tables in Greece.

Wall Street Journal: Η Ελλάδα παράγει λάδι για άλλους

This is not new news to many in the Greek olive oil world, but it is a report on a recent Wall Street Journal article about how much Greece is losing by exporting so much of its olive oil in bulk, rather than bottled and branded. See below on one of the efforts to change this.

Πρωτοβουλία ΣΕΒ και φορέων για λάδι, μέλι και κρασί

Greek interprofessional organizations for olives, olive oil, honey, and wine are joining ΣΕΒ to "launch an initiative to cooperate and promote common positions to support the agri-food chain, produced from Greek soil, such as oil, honey and wine."

Ποια εργαστήρια ανάλυσης ελαιολάδου πιστοποιήθηκαν για το 2018 από το IOC

This is a list of the Greek olive oil analysis laboratories certified by the International Olive Council (IOC) from December 2017 to the end of November 2018.

Ο omnibus πέρασε από το ευρωκοινοβούλιο

This article provides an overview of a new regulation passed by the European Parliament that will become effective on January 1, 2018. Rapporteur Albert Dess says it will be simpler, fairer, and better suited to the needs of farmers.

Το κρύο κάνει καλό. Ο πάγος όχι.

This explains the beneficial effect of lower temperatures on olive oil's flavor and aroma and the problematic influence of frost on olives before the harvest.

Τα πάντα για τον νέο κανονισμό βιολογικών

This Greek article answers some common questions about new European rules on organic production, which are expected to come into force on January 1, 2021.

Το ελαιόλαδο στη Μαζική Εστίαση / Διοργάνωση εσπερίδας από τον ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ και την ΠΟΕΣΕ

SEDIK's publication of SEVITEL's press release provides the most detailed discussion I've seen of the law about single-use containers of olive oil for Greek restaurant tables starting in January.

Ευκαιρίες για λάδι και ελιά στη Σουηδία

Information about the olive and olive oil market in Sweden, with a link to additional details.

Τι φέρνει το μέλλον για την ΚΑΠ;

This is for anyone interested in learning more about the future of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy.

Στήλη ανοιχτού διαλόγου

Following the publication of the book "Olive Encyclopedia: Olive Oil," has launched an open dialogue column, inviting questions and comments for the book's authors via email or public comment on the website.

Παράθυρο στον κόσμο για τα ελληνικά προϊόντα (Δελτίο Τύπου)

This is about, which looks like an important new service to connect Greek exporters with foreign importers.

Πλήθος κόσμου για την Εγκυκλοπαίδεια Ελαιοκομίας (Βίντεο)

More details about the story behind the new Olive Oil Encyclopedia and a recent event in Athens to introduce it.

Η χρηματοδοτική εργαλειοθήκη του ελαιοκομικού τομέα

This article contains a number of useful points about olive oil promotion, investments, exports, exhibitions, and competitions that were raised at a recent Filaios event in Athens.

Λειτουργία Οργανοληπτικού Εργαστηρίου (Δελτίο Τύπου ΣΕΒΙΤΕΛ)

SEVITEL's organoleptic laboratory is now open, after the merger of ESVITE with SEVITEL. See the article for more information.

Is California ripe for expansion of olive oil production?

This article (in English) seems to have nothing to do with Greece, but its points about the state of the US olive oil market might be worth considering. Clearly, Americans need to be convinced both that olive oil is worth buying, and that Greek extra virgin olive oil is authentic and high quality.

Νέα αγορά 10 χιλιάδων τόνων ανοίγει η τυποποίηση ελαιολάδου στην εστίαση

Here is some important information about the new law about single-use bottled and branded olive oil that will be required on Greek restaurant tables starting in January. It is hoped that this change will bring more worldwide attention to Greek olive oil brands, as well as offering more opportunities for branded olive oil sales in Greece

Ένα βιβλίο για το μέλλον της ελαιοκομίας

This is the speech of the Honorary Professor of Arboriculture - Olive Oil of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at the presentation of the new “Olive Encyclopedia: The olive oil” (a Greek book) in Thessaloniki, which explains why he thinks the book will be useful to anyone interested in olive oil.

Εγκυκλοπαίδεια Ελαιοκομίας: Το ελαιόλαδο - Παρουσίαση βιβλίου

The new “Olive Encyclopedia: The olive oil” (in Greek) was presented to the public in Thessaloniki recently; it will also be presented in Athens on November 20. See the article for more information about this 700 page book that provides a wide range of useful knowledge for everyone involved with olive oi

Olive Challenge Διαγωνισμος Καινοτομιας Και Επιχειρηματικοτητας Δελτιο Τυπου

Filaios, the Association of Friends of Olive Oil, has announced the first Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in the Greek olive oil sector, with the goal of the development and upgrading of the olive sector through the introduction of innovation, sustainable development, and innovative entrepreneurship. More information is available here.

Olive Oil Taster, an emerging career in China

Very interesting perspective of one of China's first olive oil tasters: news from an emerging market.

Σε σφραγισμένη, μη επαναγεμιζόμενη συσκυασία το ελαιόλαδο στην εστίαση

The Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (SEDIK) approvingly reproduces SEVITEL's press release about the new law requiring the use of bottled and branded olive oil on restaurant tables starting in January. Some details are clarified here.

European shopper trends: health, organic, vegetarian

This is not exactly about olive oil, but Europeans' interest in healthy organic vegetarian foods is relevant to olive oil producers and exporters. A “large proportion” of European shoppers are buying “healthy”, organic, vegetarian and free-from foods, new research from IRI reveals.

Η Specialty Food Association στην Ελλάδα διαμέσου του Τμήματος TradeUSA

The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce and the Specialty Food Association (SFA) will develop a 3-year exclusive partnership for Greece that will include education and a commercial interconnection.

Too much procrastination

Urging Greeks to work together to stop bulk olive oil sales to Italy (for example), Alexis Papachelas argues, "Our objective, at the end of the day, should not be to get a slice of an already small cake, but to make that cake bigger." [He does not say to help Greek Liquid Gold help you make the cake bigger, but I do.]

Απειλή για καλλιέργειες από το βακτήριο “Ξυλέλλα”

Following an educational day in Crete about Xylella fastidiosa, which has not been found in Greece but has destroyed olive trees in other European countries, SEDIK reprints an article from Chaniotika Nea with links to information about the bacterium.

Food Leaders Take Notice: How Millennials Are Changing The Way We Eat

Not specifically about olive oil, but discussing trends it may be useful to keep in mind.

Διακίνηση και διάθεση ελαιολάδου και σπορέλαιων

This article describes the rules for the trading, marketing, distribution, and sale of olive oils and seed oils.

Aυξάνεται συνεχώς η καλλιέργεια της Ελιάς Καλαμών σε ΗΠΑ, Αυστραλία, Πακιστάν και Κίνα

This article about the growing of Kalamata olive trees in other countries, and various popular activities, classes, and stores organized around olive estates, seems meant to inspire Greek olive growers to more creatively use their land and products as well.

UK Food Safety Concerns Remain Despite New Inspections Framework

Businesses exporting to the United Kingdom may want to consider changes likely to be made due to Brexit.

Sustainable Management of Olive Groves Can Tackle Effects of Climate Change

Advice for olive farmers from a Greek professor working in Italy, plus a discussion of experiments underway and climate change's possible effect on olive growing.

‘Oleum’ Project Seeks Better Solutions to Protect Olive Oil Authenticity

As Ylenia Granitto explains in Olive Oil Times, "Part of Europe's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is an ambitious plan to find common approaches and analytical tools to check the quality and authenticity of olive oil."

Taiwan Study Adds Little to Differentiation Measures, IOC Says

"As Taiwan's FDA targets esters in their efforts to aid in differentiation, the International Olive Council said a recent study contributes little to the cause." Note: I wonder if the IOC's conclusion is debatable. The ability to determine whether olive oils have been refined should be advantageous to Greek producers of EVOO.

Organic food: new rules for EU label agreed

"New rules to increase consumer trust in organic foodstuffs and unleash the sector′s potential for growth were informally agreed with Council′ negotiators on June 29," but not yet approved. If approved, they will apply from July 1, 2020.

Επιχειρηματικός Οδηγός για την Ιαπωνία

The Greek Embassy in Tokyo has set up an e-portal for Greek businesses in Japan, one of the largest olive oil importers. It provides a useful online guide with business and commercial data and information necessary for exporters to Japan. In addition to the portal itself, this article provides a fairly detailed overview of it, in Greek.

Εως 400 ευρώ/χρόνο για το 'ελληνικό σήμα'

The Government Gazette published the Joint Ministerial Decisions setting out the conditions and annual fee for the awarding of the Hellenic Sign to extra virgin and virgin olive oil and table olives.

Άνοιγμα σε νέα μέλη για τη Φίλαιος

For Greeks who use, produce, believe in, and/or care about olive oil (since this is all in Greek): you can become a member of Filaios, the Association of Friends of Olive Oil. More info here.

Ελαιόλαδο από αιωνόβιες Ελιές παράγεται και προωθείται στην Ιταλία!

Very interesting article about extra virgin olive oil in individual dose packages for pregnant women, children, and athletes, now produced from centuries-old organic olive trees in Apulia, Italy; Dr. Nikos Michelakis suggests trying the same thing with some Greek olive trees.

Προδημοσίευση πρόσκλησης για τα "Σχέδια Βελτίωσης"

This is a press release about the preliminary announcement of a call for improvement plans for an investment program from the Rural Development Program.

Tο στο συμπόσιο "Made in Greece"

This informative article follows up on a May 31 symposium in Athens about the development of a "Made in Greece" brand and how it might work and help producers and exporters.

Olive Oil, a market in the process of consolidation in Russia

Useful notes for those interested in considering the Russian market, where Spain and Italy dominate.

Εξαπάτηση επιχειρήσεων Κρητικού Ελαιολάδου: Συμβουλές από το Επιμελητήριο Ηρακλείου

Greek olive oil producers are warned to beware of fraudulent orders for exports.

Ευκαιρίες επιδότησης έως και 90% στις επενδύσεις μεταποίησης του ελαιοκομικού τομέα

Information (in Greek) about subsidies for investments in olive oil processing.

Price rises and private label drive up sales of olive oil across Europe - IRI data

A discussion of olive oil prices, sales, and trends in several European countries from 2015 to the present.

Η ποιότητα δίνει οικονομική αξία σε ελαιόλαδο και επιτραπέζιες ελιές

This is a press release about an event in Athens that featured American expert Alexandra Devarenne as well as a number of speakers from the Greek olive oil world.

Japanese Consumers seek for the Healthy qualities of Olive Oil

Useful information about what Japanese consumers are looking for in olive oil

New portal helps EU agri-food sector promote products overseas

"The new agri-food promotion portal ... is ... designed to be a one-stop-shop for organisations to find out how to get EU funding for their promotion programmes, search for potential programme partners and find useful information on entering new export markets." This is the European Commission link discussed in the article:

The price, a decisive factor for the US consumer when it comes to buying olive oil

Useful information for those interested in the American olive oil market.