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Europe will import more duty-free olive oil to help Tunisia

To help strengthen Tunisia’s economy, hit not least by 2015 terrorist attacks, European Parliament backed emergency plans to allow an additional 70,000 tonnes of its virgin olive oil to be imported duty free in the EU, in 2016/17

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California wine exports set record in 2015

U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.61 billion in winery revenues in 2015, an all-time record and a 7.6% increase from 2014. Volume was up 4.1% from the previous year to 461 million liters or 51.2 million cases.

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Australian Government against Italian canned tomatoes

The Turnbull Government announced it was going to impose tariffs on two brands of imported Italian canned tomatoe.  Industry Minister Christopher Pyne declared a "win for Australian tomato growers and producers"

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Spain, Italy and Portugal win Mario Solinas Quality Award

According to the competition rules released in September 2015, entries for this first edition were classified in one of the following sections on the basis of the median intensity of their fruitiness

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Consumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they’re sold

Foods with the USDA organic label are not perceived uniformly across food types or retail outlets. Organic “virtue” products, such as strawberries, are more likely purchased based on taste. Organic “vice” products, such as cookies, are more likely purchased based on nutrition.

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New emergency plan to import 70,000 tonnes of Tunisian olive oil duty free in European Union

The terrorist attacks of 18 March 2015 in Tunis and 26 June 2015 in Sousse hit the Tunisian economy very hard. The olive oil sector indirectly employs more than a million people, accounting for one-fifth of jobs in the country’s agricultural industry. Olive oil is Tunisia’s main agricultural export

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The London International Olive oil Competitions

Brand awareness accomplishes several objectives for companies seeking to increase sales in the marketplace. Your costumers want your olive oil award on the label of your product

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FAO presents $50 million emergency plan as Ethiopia faces worst drought in 30 years

Elsewhere on the African continent, El Niño has lowered crop prospects in southern Africa and many countries in the region are taking measures. South Africa has already declared drought status for five provinces, its main cereal producing regions, while Lesotho has issued a drought mitigation plan and Swaziland has implemented water restrictions as reservoir levels have become low

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Advent of eco friendly bio pesticides

The report provides market size of India pesticides market, segmentation on the basis of type of pesticides, crops, organized and unorganized, regional consumption, import and indigenous pesticides

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Commercial sea salt samples purchased in China contaminated with microplastics

The researchers tested 15 brands of sea salts, lake salts, and rock and well salts from underground deposits purchased at Chinese supermarkets. The sea salts contained the highest concentrations of microplastics from 550 to 681 particles per kilogram

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Plant health: compromise text between the Council and the Parliament

On 18 December 2015, under the Luxembourg Presidency and subject to the European Parliament and Council formal vote, the Coreper (Permanent Representatives Committee) approved a final package on plant health.

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El Niño lowers early production outlook in Southern Africa

To reduce the adverse effects of El Niño, FAO has already triggered several interventions across southern Africa that are also building on existing programmes following last season's reduced production

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U.S. Department of Energy Awards $13.5M to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel

The Danforth Center takes part in a multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production

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Insects as food and feed: what are the risks?

Interest is growing in the potential benefits of using insects in food and animal feed, but what would be the risks from production, processing and consumption of this alternative source of protein?

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‘Pigment of the imagination’ named National Historic Chemical Landmark

ARS scientist Harry A. Borthwick, Ph.D., helped discover the plant photoreceptor called phytochrome

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Larger food pack sizes increase consumer estimates of portion sizes

Larger food pack sizes can increase consumer estimates of portion sizes finds a new study completed by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and the University of Surrey

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To restrict children’s sugar intake

What is important is to consume a variety of food and beverages in moderation. That can include those containing sugar, which can be part of a balanced lifestyle as long as you are not having too much

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European Union offers Tunisia increase of olive oil exports

The European Commission has adopted a legislative proposal offering additional temporary access for Tunisian olive oil to the EU market to help support Tunisia's recovery in the difficult period being faced by the country

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