Africa / Middle East

Aug. 18, 2023

Citing Rising Prices and Low Margins, Turkey Bans Bulk Olive Oil Exports

The trade ministry wants to promote the country's packaged olive oil exports while limiting further price rises for domestic consumers.

Aug. 14, 2023

Tunisia Has a Plan to Boost Its Olive Oil Industry

The strategy aims to increase annual production of extra virgin olive oil while growing packaged exports and domestic consumption.

Aug. 7, 2023

Italy Becomes Largest Market for Tunisia’s Organic Olive Oil Exports

Tunisia's organic production is increasingly favored by large Italian bottlers.

Aug. 2, 2023

Education Vital to Success of Turkey’s Olive Oil Sector, Award-Winning Producer Says

After winning 10 awards at the 2023 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the producers behind Oliva Malia are keen to share the secrets of their success.

Aug. 2, 2023

Leading Tunisian Bulk Olive Oil Exporter Pivots to Adding Value

The exporter seeks to expand shipments across Asia, while investing in sustainable farming to promote soil water retention capabilities at home.

Jul. 31, 2023

Turkey Receives PDO for Edremit Olive Oil

Nearly 10 million olive trees fall into the new Protected Designation of Origin-certified region in northwestern Anatolia.

Jul. 10, 2023

Yusuf Can Zeybek Triumphant at Kırkpınar

The first-time Kırkpınar winner overcame two-time champion İsmail Balaban to win the title of head wrestler at the world’s oldest sporting event.

Jun. 27, 2023

How Awards Helped One Tunisian Producer Thrive in the Lucrative U.S. Market

The NYIOOC award-winning producer behind Massiva combines generations of olive oil production experience with adept marketing.

Jun. 8, 2023

Olive Oil Producers in Middle East Enjoy Award-Winning Finish to Bumper Harvest

Producers in Lebanon, Israel and Jordan overcame economic challenges to celebrate success at the 2023 World Olive Oil Competition.

May. 22, 2023

Bozelli Boss Highlights the Value of Skillful Blending

The Turkish producer and World Competition winner believes masterful extra virgin olive oil blends exceed the sum of their parts.

May. 4, 2023

Tunisian Producers Celebrate Victory After Season Plagued by Drought

Producers overcame the country’s severe drought and macroeconomic difficulties to win 27 awards at the World Competition.

Apr. 27, 2023

A Record-Breaking Year for Producers in Turkey

After becoming the world’s second-largest producing country, Turkish producers upped their quality too.

Apr. 19, 2023

Lebanese Ag Minister Praises Producers’ Success on World Stage

Officials and producers hope the awards will promote Lebanese extra virgin olive oil in foreign markets and spur exports for the crisis-enveloped country.


Jan. 3, 2023

Moroccan University to Offer Olive Oil Master’s Degree

The two-year degree program is meant to help professionalize the increasingly-important table olive and olive oil sectors in the North African country.

Dec. 12, 2022

Producers in Israel Reap Benefits of Record Harvest

Despite rising production costs and persistent challenges from imports, Israeli olive oil producers anticipate a bumper harvest and improved market share.

Dec. 8, 2022

In Turkey, Olive Oil Exports Rise with Prices and Production

The rising volume and value of Turkish olive oil exports have been fueled by strong production, surging prices and more branded oils.

Dec. 5, 2022

Rising Olive Oil Prices, Exports Help Sustain Tunisian Trade Balance

Olive oil accounted for 40 percent of agricultural export value. An increased focus on branding and organic farming might further grow the sector’s value.

Nov. 28, 2022

Low Availability and Rising Prices Spark Concerns of Olive Oil Fraud in Morocco

Already-high olive oil prices could rise a further 25 percent, which would put the product out of reach of many of the country’s consumers.

Nov. 18, 2022

Bumper Crop Expected in Syria Amid Ongoing Civil War

Local sources say production may reach 125,000 tons, a significant increase from the previous year. However, the future of olive growing in the country remains uncertain.

Nov. 18, 2022

Producers in Algeria Anticipate Worst Harvest in 30 Years

North Africa’s largest country is expected to produce just 30,000 tons of olive oil in the 2022/23 crop year, about one-third of the rolling five-year average.

Nov. 10, 2022

A Predicted Record Harvest Would Make Turkey the World’s Second-Largest Olive Oil Producer

The country’s olive oil and table olive yields are expected to reach record highs. Officials hope to export more olive oil to Europe and grow domestic demand.