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California, bridgehead of the oil sector

Olive oil is no longer an exclusive speciality of Mediterranean countries. In other areas too this sector is boosted by strong marketing strategies, aimed at achieving ambitious targets. The United States in particular are quite determined: they have refused to join the IOC, added or modified chemical parameters, launched a campaign against imported oils and protected their production by banning a widely used pesticide, chlorpyriphos-ethyl. There is every reason to believe that the Americans will win their bet: the prerequisites, in terms of marketing, professionalism, available land, laws and media support, are all there

Massimo Occhinegro


A spotlight on oil

An important series of events focusing on olive oils and organized by Olio Officina Globe will take place during Simei, the International Oenological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition held in Milan from November 3 to 6. Many are the themes of the eight workshops planned: from olive mill management to the economic potential of waste matter, from the problems pertaining to oil stocking and transportation, to corking, packaging and labelling, and relative problems and marketing potential, from oil sensory analysis to building and managing a constructive relationship with the retailers.

Olio Officina


The legendary oil from Italy

Italian oil has always been in great favour throughout the entire history of human civilization, but now the time has come for a new set of rules. Oleologist (oil specialist) Mr. Luigi Caricato has drafted a charter, underlining how any time can mark a new beginning for the Italian extra virgin olive oil producers. History consists of continuous steps forward, and these “Ten Commandments” define the roadmap for all future developments in this sector.

Olio Officina


Why should we demonize palm oil?

For a number of years now a defamatory campaign has been taking place against palm oil. The main accusation made is that it is one of the causes of child obesity. Objections have also been raised on the environmental impact of palm tree plantations. These claims, stirred up by mass media ravenously seeking scoops more than concrete facts, are provoking an emotional response from which we should steer away. We have often witnessed, throughout the years, the debunking of many so-called facts, which as such greatly influenced the consumption of certain foods. Before demonizing a certain oil, we should take into due account all the complex relationships that exist among its components

Giovanni Lercker, Massimo Cocchi

The perception of quality

Much has been said about how our knowledge of extra virgin olive oils has increased among its consumers, and consequently, how we are now able to discern their true quality. But is it really so? Perhaps only in part

Luigi Caricato


The olive oil sensory evaluation

Choose A Flavour. Technical guide on the use of registered extra virgin olive oils. Sensory analysis is carried out by a “test panel”, i.e. an official tasting group of specialists qualified in using approved methods. A test panel is an essential tool for both checking oil quality highlighting the uniqueness of the end product

Ceq Consortium to Guarantee Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Agriculture and the environment

The interaction between agriculture and environment is particularly complex when coping with the maintenance of genetic biodiversity. The collection, defense and sustainable use of phytogenetic resources are essential factors to face climate changes and food insecurity. Agricultural biodiversity encourages crop and, consequently, diet diversification

Alfonso Pascale


Bioconversion of olive mill waste waters

Expertise. How to manage vegetation water? Their direct application on agricultural lands brings positive effects but negative too. What to do? The aerobic treatments seem to be a solution. Up to now it has been tested a number of microorganisms, used in pure culture or pool cultivation. Also the composting represents a further useful strategy

Lucia Aquilanti, Andrea Osimani, Manuela Taccari, Cristiana Garofalo, Maurizio Ciani, Massimo Mozzon, Francesca Clementi

Full Immersion Course on Olive Oil

There are many courses on olive oils, but few deserve to be recognized as such. Here is a very special course, as stated by its founder, Claudio Peri, to be held in Assisi starting on Sept. 3rd until Sept. 9th. We need to train a new generation of experts of extra virgin olive oil moving beyond their prejudices and bad habits. We need - said the professor - to "renew the tradition"

Olio Officina


The definition of smoke point

Nowadays, the concept of smoke point is considered outdated, but in the past, it was considered a key parameter for frying, and despite everything, it is still taken into account. But what exactly is it? And what are the best oils for cooking?

Luigi Caricato


Olive identification

Alicia Suarez, from the Department of Flemish Art at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, is currently investigating the history of international trade between Flanders and other countries. Below is a picture by a 17th-century Flemish artist, depicting a plateful of olives. Of what variety?

Olio Officina


Why so much talking about anti-oxidants?

At present, available scientific evidence have not allowed to prove the superiority of extra virgin olive oil with respect to other vegetal fats beyond any reasonable doubt, yet. Still, it looks like the role of it in the Mediterranean diet is probably more complex than it was believed so far

Francesco Visioli

The High Quality decalogue

A series of rules and procedures to establish what to do and what to avoid in order to produce and preserve high quality olive oil in a perfect way. If these rules are respected, extra virgin olive oil will keep its High Quality characteristics until consumption

Ceq Consortium to Guarantee Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil


What is so special about Italian oil?

Always and forever at the forefront, for the last two thousand years. Always in the limelight, through thick and thin. We never lost our vocation for olive cultivation and oil production, and this is why Italy is considered as the oil country par excellence

Luigi Caricato


A holistic view of oil

Nourishment for the body and soul. We tend to consider olive oil as something we use with our food. But it is not so: oil can change our approach to life

Maria Carla Squeo


Describing sensory quality

Everybody keeps saying “it’s excellent, excellent”. Isn’t it so? We must trust their word. A select extra virgin olive oil can stir powerful emotions in us, and we must urge the consumers to perceive this unique, outstanding, quality. Are we sure that everybody gets it? Are we capable of communicating it properly?

Luigi Caricato

A Loaf of Bread...

The Ipack-Ima exhibition in parallel with Expo 2015 is an occasion more unique than rare to reflect on the future of food production and to propose new models of development in the agro-food chain

Claudio Peri


Learn from nature rather than control it ...

Participate in the debate about the future of food systems at the International Conference Designing a Resilient Future: Food, Technology, and Sustainable Development a step in understanding the present and planning the future. At Ipack-Ima 2015, May 20

Claudio Peri


Oil at the chemist’s

Extra virgin olive oil is a preventive healthcare product. It is functional food and mothers, for instance, should only choose the best oils for their children

Luigi Caricato


The Decalogue Ceq

A Guide to the conservation and use of high quality oils at home and in restaurants. The relationship between oil and consumers is not always easy. For this reason the Ceq, Consortium of extra virgin quality, gathered several practical suggestions for consumers

Olio Officina

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Morocco’s olive oil

Morocco was the “Country of honour” at the fourth Olio Officina Food Festival. It has adopted some very effective policies, and is now launching excellent olive oils on the international market

Maria Carla Squeo


Blends in ten steps

Great extra virgin oils originate from the ability to combine various batches of oil. Blending nowadays is the talk of the town, but only few have mastered this art. It is an essential, pivotal operation that plays a key role in characterizing a complex and heterogeneous material such as olive oil

Luigi Caricato


Olive Oil Science and Technology

At the request of Academician Emeritus, Prof. Claudio Peri, the Academy of Georgofili has approved the Official Rules of The Georgofili School of Olive Oil Science and Technology. The first aim of the School is educational: to improve the professional standards of people and organizations involved in all aspects of the olive oil chain, from olive tree cultivation to oil use in restaurants and food establishments

Olio Officina


Her Majesty the Coratina olive

Oils produced in Puglia from Coratina olives are ideal condiments in low-calorie diets. The features and virtues of this cultivar, native of southern Italy, were the focus of Qoco, a successful festival organized by the town of Andria that was recently held in Milan

Maurizio Servili

A sky with olive trees

How many of us have gazed up to the sky, looking for answers? Have you ever seen the clouds conversing with the branches of olive trees?

Luigi Caricato


The winners of the 2015 Forme dell'Olio contest

Puglia gets top marks for presentation packaging. The contest organized by Olio Officina, now at its second edition, has finally proclaimed the winners. The awards ceremony took place in Milan on Saturday January 24 during the Olio Officina Food Festival

Olio Officina


Oil-tasting in ten steps

The basics of oil tasting. If you wish to assess an extra virgin olive oil with the aid of your sense organs, you must observe a few, essential rules. There is in fact a ten-step procedure that we should follow in order to discern the quality and peculiarities of oils made from olives

Maria Carla Squeo


Free acidity

A lesson on oil. Not everybody knows the actual meaning of one of the most important parameters measured in olive oil. Yet often it is conspicuously reported on the label, as if it were a unique virtue, the key feature of a superior oil.

Luigi Caricato