Recent Articles in Other Publications

Organized by publication, and then in reverse chronological order

For Greece Is
An American’s Love Affair with Greek Olive Oil 
How a former English professor from Pennsylvania started a new life in Crete, dedicated to Greece’s liquid gold. (December 27, 2016) 


The Captain’s Olive Grove 
A ship captain gave up his travels to return to his family olive groves in Crete and produce olives for award-winning extra virgin olive oil. He shared his story while explaining the harvesting process under his olive trees. (September 20, 2016)

For Seabourn Club Herald

Liquid Gold. Olive Oil Has Been the Treasure of Greece, Past and Present.
An introduction to the past and present significance of olive oil in Greece. (Volume 26, Number 2 [July 2016]; see pages 62-65)

 For Olive Oil Times

Greek Olive Oil Producers React to NYIOOC Wins 
Producers, marketers, and exporters of this year's best Greek olive oils share what their NYIOOC awards mean to them, how they manage to produce olive oils good enough to earn top honors, and how this fits in with their company philosophies. (May 2, 2017) 

3rd Cretan Olive Oil Competition: Impressive Results in a Difficult Year 
The third edition of the competition had more entries and a higher percentage of organic olive oils than in previous years. (March 16, 2017)


New Method for Identifying Olive Cultivars 
A new method for identifying olive cultivars according to the appearance of leaves and fruit is expected to serve as the basis for a cell phone app and contributions to a new international olive tree database. (November 4, 2016)  

Greek Farmers Expect Lower Yields as Harvest Nears
The olive fly, a heat wave, and a drought are likely to lead to a reduced production of 200,000 to 250,000 metric tons of olive oil in Greece this year. (September 20, 2016)

Greek Olive Branch Sent to Rio to Symbolize Peace in Olympics Opening Ceremony
Branches from the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves have been used in ceremonies at each summer Olympics since the Athens Games in 2004. The wreath cutting ceremony was accompanied by an ancient dance ritual. (August 1, 2016)

Olive Oil Innovations, Discoveries, and Breakthroughs in Ancient Olympia
The Oleocanthal International Society Conference and Olympia Health & Nutrition Awards featured breakthroughs in olive oil research, a new olive tree varietal, and an olive oil competition for high-phenolic oils. (June 10, 2016)

For Children Visiting Crete, a Free Book on Olive Oil Culture
The Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities and the International Olive Council are offering free copies of two educational books about olive oil to the children of tourists who visit Crete, Greece. (May 26, 2016)

Producers of the Best Greek Olive Oils React to Their NYIOOC Awards
Award-winning Greek producers discuss their reactions to the New York International Olive Oil Competition results and their efforts to produce the best olive oils in the world. (May 2, 2016)

3rd ‘Food Expo Greece’ Showcases Mediterranean Foods
The third Food Expo Greece took place near Athens, attracting 970 exhibitors, 153 of them exhibiting olive oil, plus 55,000 trade visitors, including 1,200 from 55 countries outside Greece. (March 30, 2016)

2nd Olive Oil Competition Highlights Cretan Brands
The 2nd Cretan Olive Oil Competition took place March 19 to 20 in Rethymno, Crete, awarding prizes for the best standardized conventional and organic Cretan extra virgin olive oils from the 2015-16 production season. (March 25, 2016)

The Art of Olive Oil: Greek Package Designs Draw from Deep Cultural Roots
Greek olive oil producers and their designers are presenting innovative brands and packages inspired by a rich cultural heritage. (February 29, 2016)

Problems, Prospects for Greek Olive Oil
Sevitel president Grigoris Antoniadis expects a good year for Greek olive oil, with production and price levels returning to normal. He discusses anticipated changes in taxation that could affect the industry. (December 22, 2015)

Politicized Debate in Greece Over Proposed EU Increase in Tunisian Quotas
Greek unionists and politicians have belatedly begun to debate the European Commission proposal to increase duty-free imports of Tunisian olive oil into the EU. (November 30, 2015)

Nikos Michelakis on Olive Oil Pricing, the Tunisian Quota, Education and Advocacy
(November 27, 2015)

High Quality, Average Yield Expected from Greece
Preliminary estimates call for an average output of Greek olive oil with excellent quality. (November 20, 2015)

In Greece, Volunteers Provide Olive Oil for Families in Need
Dozens of volunteers in the Athens suburb of Glyfada began harvesting olives from trees growing on public land to provide oil for local residents. (November 3, 2015)

Cretan Olive Oil Exports Grow Fivefold
Cretan olive oil exports grew by 518 percent in the first half of 2015, helping to double Crete’s total exports. (October 26, 2015)

Greece’s Early Harvest Olive Oils
Early harvest oils, with their bitter taste, low acidity, and higher antioxidant content are worth paying a little extra for. If you can find them. (October 14, 2015)

Greek Producers Weigh Prospects After Tsipras Win
Greek olive oil producers consider the upcoming harvest and the way the political and economic situation may affect their industry after the country’s latest elections. (September 25, 2015)

Evo3 Supports Reforestation Projects in Africa
Stratis Camatsos focuses on high-quality extra virgin organic olive oil production and environmental projects with his new brand, evo3. (August 25, 2015)

Third Loan Package Reluctantly Approved by Greek Parliament
Further unsettling the Greek political landscape, the Greek Parliament and the Eurogroup approved a controversial package Friday. (August 16, 2015)

Agro-Culinary Attractions in Crete Span Ages
Visitors to scenic northwestern Crete can see a traditional stone mill, one of the world’s oldest olive trees, a modern olive oil factory and a botanical park and restaurant. (August 11, 2015)

Gaea CEO’s Top Priority: ‘Keep Serving Our Clients Every Day’
Aris Kefalogiannis discusses his company’s continued success, the Greek economic crisis, and the urgent need for reform in Greece. (July 29, 2015)

Kalamata PDO Expands to All of Messinia
The European Commission approved the extension of the Kalamata olive oil Protected Designation of Origin throughout the Regional Unit of Messinia. (July 27, 2015)

Greece Accepts More Austerity to Avoid Chaotic Grexit
With its economy depressed and banks closed, Greece accepted more harsh austerity measures and reforms in order to begin negotiations with European institutions and the IMF for a third bailout loan, barely avoiding a Grexit. (July 18, 2015)

Shuffling Austerity Proposals, Greece and Creditors Seek Agreement
Days after Greek voters rejected a proposal for austerity measures, their government submitted a similar plan. Meetings this weekend could determine whether Greece will remain in the eurozone. (July 10, 2015)

Confusion, Controversy as Referendum Nears
After the surprising announcement of a referendum on creditors’ austerity proposal, Greeks struggle with capital controls and conflicting interpretations of the meaning of a yes or no vote on Sunday. (July 3, 2015)

Solace in Olive Oil as Talks Continue in Greece
As Greece and its creditors endure tense negotiations, some find hope in the relative security of olive oil. (June 26, 2015)

Uncertainty in Greek Olive Oil Industry as Government Struggles to Avoid Default
Greek olive oil exports have increased, but more bottling and branding could bring Greece money desperately needed during the economic crisis. (June 11, 2015)

Crete Gets its Own Olive Oil Competition
The first Cretan Olive Oil Competition sought to promote high-quality Cretan olive oil brands and the special characteristics of the best Cretan olive oils, to improve their position in the local and global markets, and to upgrade the overall quality of Cretan oils by developing the expertise of participants. (March 25, 2015)

Mediterranean Lifestyle Alive and Well on Crete
Yes, there is junk food on Crete, but this is still one of the best places in the world to immerse oneself in the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. (March 18, 2015)

Restaurants Embrace Crete’s Celebrated Diet
The personal, local, small-scale touch of hard-working Cretan families offers hope that visitors to Crete can gradually be persuaded to enjoy a traditional Cretan diet. (February 25, 2015)

For LNP (formerly Lancaster Newspapers) / Lancaster Online

Report from Greece: Refugee crisis continues with no relief in sight
Refugee families should be reunified promptly. (February 10, 2016)

Let's open our hearts, homes to refugees; families deserve the chance to live, start anew
Refugees need the world's empathy and compassion to survive crisis. (September 13, 2015)

West should open doors to families fleeing war
Ultimately, the root of the problems — civil war, military conscription of children, extreme violence, poverty and discrimination -- that refugees and migrants are fleeing must be addressed, but in the interim we need to provide more legal routes for migration or at least temporary asylum. (June 19, 2015)

Greece deserves freedom from European overseers
In this op-ed piece, I argue that the people of Greece should not be condemned to suffer for the sins or misjudgments of some of their compatriots and fellow Europeans, and that the Greek government should be allowed to aid the children, women and men who need more hope and help. (March 22, 2015)

For Greek Liquid Gold: Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Four Seasons for Visiting the Olive Groves of Greece
In olive oil producing countries like Greece, tourists can wander through olive groves all year round, admiring the beauty of olive groves in each season. (September 26, 2017)

Cretan Seminar on Olive Oil Quality Highlights Improvement
A seminar on olive oil quality in Rethymno, Crete, Greece covered olive oil competitions, successes, and the importance of continuing to strive for improvement. (September 17, 2017)

Athena International Olive Oil Competition: “Greece IS olive oil”

Created by wine experts who compare olive oil and wine tasting, the Athena International Olive Oil Competition highlights Greece’s place in the olive oil world. (September 12, 2017)

Sustainable Tourism, Agrotourism, and Food Tourism in Crete

The TUI Care Foundation and the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities are helping promote sustainable agrotourism focused on wine and olive oil in Crete. (August 25, 2017)

Agrotourism, Food Tourism, and Greece: Perfect Together
Agrotourism (or agritourism) and food tourism (or culinary tourism) offer overlapping attractions and activities to those seeking alternative tourism in Greece. (August 19, 2017)

Happy First Birthday, Greek Liquid Gold!

The world’s first independent English-language website focused on Greek olive oil, Greek Liquid Gold: Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is one year old today. (August 8, 2017)

First Estimates for 2017/18 Olive Oil Production Compared

The first estimates of olive oil production levels in the major olive oil producing nations in the next crop year suggest a significant increase over this year. (July 13, 2017)

Greek Winners at the Terra Olivo Olive Oil Competition

At the 2017 Terra Olivo International Olive Oil Competition in Jerusalem, Greek extra virgin olive oils received 34 awards, including 4 Grand Prestige Golds. (July 9, 2017)

Can Extra Virgin Olive Oil Stop the Descent to Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer Hellas and Yanni's Olive Grove have begun a clinical trial to evaluate the effect of EVOO on amnesic patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment. (July 6, 2017)

Healthy Greek Olive Oils Receive Olympia Awards in Athens

At the Olympia Health & Nutrition Awards ceremony in Athens, 50 producers of extra healthy olive oil with over 1000 mg/kg of phenolics received Gold Awards. (July 2, 2017)

Healthy Greek Olive Oils Awarded at Convention in Spain

When the Oleocanthal International Society convened last month, healthy Greek extra virgin olive oils won several awards at the World Best Healthy EVOO Contest. (June 22, 2017)  

London International Olive Oil Competition: Greek Winners
At the 2017 London International Olive Oil Competition, many Greek extra virgin olive oils received awards for Quality, Design, and a new Health Claim category. (May 31, 2017) 

Olive Oil Prices Vary; Greece Offers Excellent Options

Recent olive oil price increases are neither universal nor uniform; excellent extra virgin olive oil is still available at reasonable prices in Greece. (May 25, 2017)

70% of Greek Olive Oils Win at Domina Competition in Italy
At the 2nd edition of the Domina International Olive Oil Competition in Palermo, Italy, 70% of the Greek olive oils entered received Gold or Silver medals. (May 21, 2017)

Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oils Honored at Olive Japan IOOC

Competing with 611 entries from 21 countries, Greek olive oils won 27 medals at the prestigious Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. (May 15, 2017)

Greek Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils Receive BIOL Awards

Greek olive oils won 8 BIOL Gold Medals and 12 BIOL Silvers in one of the most important international competitions focused on organic extra virgin olive oils. (May 7, 2017) 

Anoskeli Olive Mill, Winery, and Tasting Room in NW Crete
Visit an olive mill and a winery together in the village of Anoskeli in the foothills of the White Mountains of Crete, then taste Anoskeli’s olive oil and wine. (April 26, 2017)

Greek Success at Athena International Olive Oil Competition

Some of the best Greek extra virgin olive oil producers comment on their success at the Athena International Olive Oil Competition held in Messinia, Peloponnese last month. (April 13, 2017)

Greek Winners at the Los Angeles Olive Oil Competition

The complete list of Greek award winning olive oils at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition follows the top winners’ comments. (April 1, 2017)

Kotinos 2017 Awards Ceremony Shares Greek Olive Oil Glory
The Kotinos 2017 Olive Oil Competition Awards Ceremony highlighted the accomplishments of some of the best Greek extra virgin olive oil producers. (March 27, 2017)

Virginity: What Difference Does It Make for Olive Oil?
Alexandra Devarenne discusses the differences between types of olive oil, the ways they are produced and defined, and cooking with virgin and extra virgin olive oil. (March 5, 2017)

Extra Virgin Alliance: Olive Oil Education and Celebration

Alexandra Devarenne, co-founder of the Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA), explained the goals of EVA on a recent visit to Greece. (March 2, 2017)

American Olive Oil Expert’s Hints for Greek Producers

American olive oil expert Alexandra Devarenne discusses the status of Greek olive oil in the USA and how Greek companies can break into the American market. (March 1, 2017) 

American Olive Oil Expert Visits Greece, Discusses EVOO
American olive oil expert Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne discusses the “wonderful world” of olive oil and Americans’ lack of familiarity with Greek olive oil. (February 27, 2017)

With World Olive Oil Supply Down 8%, Greeks Offer Value 
With the world olive oil supply down 8% and olive oil prices and demand increasing, Greece offers extra virgin olive oil at competitive prices for a good value. (February 18, 2017)

Healthy Greek Olive Oil Bottled and Consumed Like Medicine 
OLEO, an organic Greek extra virgin olive oil in a 150 ml bottle, is now being marketed as a new nutritional supplement with many potential health benefits. (February 8, 2017)

Greek Olive Oils on List of World’s Best Olive Oils 
Several Greek olive oils were recently recognized as some of the best olive oils in the world, based on their success in international olive oil competitions. (January 21, 2017)

Icicles on Olive Branches: Storms and Cold Strike Greece 
Olive farmers are considering how unusual amounts of snow and ice and atypically cold temperatures in Greece may affect next year’s crops and olive oil. (January 11, 2017) 

New Year’s Resolution: Less Sugar, More Olive Oil
Resolved to eat more healthy food such as olive oil and less added sugar in the New Year? Stop the sugar, increase the tasty healthy foods, enjoy sweet treats. (December 31, 2016)

Competitions for the Healthiest Olive Oils Multiply In 2017
In 2017, 4 international olive oil competitions will follow last June’s Olympia Health and Nutrition Awards to reward some of the world’s healthiest olive oils. (December 10, 2016)   

Olive Oil Discussion, Drama, and Hotel Awards in Rethymno
World Olive Day celebrations in Rethymno, Crete focused on olive oil in a documentary film, speeches, children’s theater, and awards for hotels that promote olive oil. (December 9, 2016)

Greek Olive Oil 2016-17: Reduced Quantity, Varied Quality
Greek olive oil production is expected to fall to 200,000 metric tons or less for the 2016/17 crop year, with quality ranging from disappointing to excellent. (December 8, 2016)

2016 Olive Oil Production in Greece: Producer Perspectives
Greek olive oil producers discuss their expectations for a reduced quantity of olive oil and varied olive oil quality in Greece during the 2016/17 crop year. (December 8, 2016)

Cretan Olive Mill Awards for Best Milling, Sales Practices
A World Olive Day event in Chania, Crete awarded Cretan olive mills with the best methods of olive mill operation, olive oil extraction, olive oil distribution. (December 6, 2016)

Healthy Olive Oil Polyphenols in a New Softgel Capsule
Made with Greek olive oil, the new Olea Health olive oil softgel capsules offer a high concentration of healthy olive oil polyphenols with very few calories. (December 3, 2016)

Pancakes with Apple, Orange, and Olive Oil: Family Favorite
Sugar-free apple-orange pancakes made with extra virgin olive oil (olive oil pancakes), the one food every member of my family enjoys, tasty enough to eat plain. (November 27, 2016)

World Olive Day in Greece: Education and Celebration

On November 26, World Olive Day, various lectures, presentations, discussions, tastings, and other events about olives and olive oil took place in Greece. (November 26, 2016)

A Greek Olive Oil Addict’s Approach to Thanksgiving
Recipe suggestions for a healthier Thanksgiving, with more olive oil and no butter. (November 22, 2016)

Study: Can Olive Trees Endure Drought and High Salinity?
An investigation of the effect of salinity and drought on four different olive cultivars considers how well olive trees can grow in inhospitable conditions. (November 12, 2016)

Terra Creta’s Olive Oil Joins EU-GATEWAY Mission in Korea
With its organic olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Terra Creta participated in the EU-GATEWAY mission to promote EU organic products in Korea. (November 10, 2016)

Olive Oil Expert Discusses Tasting and Cooking with EVOO 
Dr. Saverio Pandolfi, an Italian olive oil expert, discussed tasting Greek olive oils and cooking with extra virgin olive oil during a visit to Crete, Greece. (November 2, 2016)

Producers Learn Health Benefits of High Phenolic Olive Oil 
Dr. Prokopios Magiatis and Dr. Eleni Melliou discussed the health benefits of high phenolic olive oil, its economic value to producers, and how to make it. (October 21, 2016)

2016-17 Worldwide Olive Oil Production Estimates Compared
Worldwide olive oil production is not expected to decrease more than 7 to 11% in comparison to last year, and major price increases are not anticipated. (October 11, 2016)


Olive and Olive Oil Update: Northern Greece and Peloponnese
Fewer table olives at lower prices in Halkidiki, Greece may mean more olive oil; farther south in Peloponnese, there is debate on expected olive oil prices. (October 10, 2016) 

Ten Big Awards for Greek Olive Oils at OLIVINUS Competition 
Seven Greek olive oil companies won 10 of the awards at one of the world’s most eminent extra virgin olive oil contests, the OLIVINUS competition in Argentina. (October 6, 2016)

Hidden Gems of Southern Crete: Cuisine, Sea, and Scenery 
South central Crete has wonderful beaches, striking views, and restaurants featuring fresh, traditional Cretan food in the birthplace of the Mediterranean diet. (October 4, 2016)


Greek Olive Farmers Discuss Crops as Early Harvest Begins
Greek olive producers explain the reasoning behind olive oil production estimates for the upcoming harvest in various regions of Greece. (September 24, 2016) 


Olive Oil Prices in Greece: Influences and Estimates
Greek producers estimate prices for olive oil from the upcoming harvest, while Stamatis Alamaniotis discusses the influences on olive oil pricing. (September 22, 2016)

Botanical Park of Crete: Utopia of Flowers, Fruit, & Food 
The Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete offers natural beauty, walking paths, information, and tasty food in a restaurant featuring its own produce and olive oil. (August 27, 2016)  

The Olive Oil Sector’s Prospects, Challenges, and Future
The Tunisian National Office for Olive Oil organized a conference in Hammamet, Tunisia on July 13, alongside the International Olive Council’s (IOC) extraordinary session. At the conference, the representatives of associations from olive oil producing countries presented their views on the olive oil sector’s opportunities, challenges, and threats. (August 11, 2016)

OIS Conference Focuses on Health Benefits of the Polyphenols in Olive Oil
This June in Ancient Olympia, Greece, the Oleocanthal International Society (OIS) held its third conference to discuss research on the health benefits of oleocanthal and other phenols in extra virgin olive oil, a key component of the Mediterranean diet. It attracted over 400 participants, including an unusual mix of scientists and olive oil producers. (August 9, 2016)

Olive Oil Revolution in the Birthplace of the Olympic Games
This Olympic year, the Oleocanthal International Society (OIS) inaugurated a new type of international olive oil competition at Ancient Olympia, Greece: an objective competition based on a chemical analysis of the amount of health-protective polyphenols in 565 extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs) from Greece, Spain, Italy, USA, Cyprus, Morocco and Uruguay. (August 8, 2016)

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