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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

Climate Disrupts Olive Oil Supply

December 29, 2018 from the Specialty Food News:

"A particularly bad year for olive harvests in some parts of the world is disrupting the olive oil supply chain and will likely have an impact on retailers’ pricing and assortments in the year ahead, according to suppliers."
"This year Italy reportedly suffered a sharp decline in olive production, with the harvest down an estimated 38 percent or more compared with last year, according to reports in the Olive Oil Times. Some other major olive-growing regions, including parts of Greece, also had a down year due to a combination of fly infestations and climate fluctuations."
"The burgeoning California olive industry, meanwhile, also had an extremely weak harvest after warm weather in February was followed by a cold snap. Some farms had no olives at all, according to reports. That has led to a new packaging claim from olive oil producer California Olive Ranch that its oils are “Crafted in California,” even though the olives have been grown in other countries. California Olive Ranch has partnerships with producers in Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Portugal, for example, that supply certified extra virgin olive oils, the company says on its website."
"The global olive harvest down an estimated 5.5 percent."

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