Spanish Olive oil in the US in danger? Trump threatens parmesan and olive oil sanctuaries, announcing tariffs of up to 25%.
In particular, Parmesan is not just cheese, it is sacred in Italy, its production is like a religion. It has been produced in the same way for centuries.
But Parmesan is not only national pride, it is also an export success and what has caused great discomfort in Italy.
Spanish Olive Oil in the US: tariffs because of planes…
Due to illegal EU subsidies in favor of Airbus, the United States wants to impose a 25% tariff on Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses. Americans will pay $45 per kilo instead of the current $40.
San Carlos Gourmet, violent and aromatic Cornicabra from Extremadura lands, very awarded
The USA is the second most important export market in Italy for the sale of Parmesan, with around 10,000 tons per year, after France (11,000 tons / year).
According to Nicola Bertinelli, head of consortium, the concern is great since it is one of the strongest sectors of our economy, which has nothing to do with Airbus, and now has to pay a really absurd bill.
In addition, with revenues of about 2,000 million euros, Italy is the second largest producer of olive oil in the world after Spain.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also expressed his concern, himself, and cheese delegations have traveled to the USA in recent weeks to avoid the disaster.
Spain also affected
Here our precious Olive Oil is affected, mainly in Andalusia. Indeed, of the more than 400 million euros sold to the USA in 2018, 80% were entered in the south of the country.
Olive oil and olives are traditionally of great economic, but also social importance. Therefore, the Andalusian protest was important after the announcement of US tariffs. In particular, the regional Minister of Labor, Rocío Blanco, warned that the sharp decline in exports to the United States will affect many companies and raise the unemployment rate to more than 21 percent.
On the other hand, Rafael Pico, Managing Director of the Association of Asoliva Exporters, is even more drastic, and thinks that a fine of 25 percent will eliminate many from the market. In the same way, Mariano Íñigo, a professor at the EAE Business School, believes that the end of many companies with very low profit margins is forecast.
Olive oil in the USA is definitely a strategic market for our companies, which we cannot afford to lose.
Croatian olive oil in New York
Croatian olive oil brands have received great awards in New York. Croatian oils ranked fourth after Italy, Spain and the USA. Impressive result for a small country with modest production.
The number of registrations for the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) in Croatia is increasing year by year. 61 Croatian producers registered at NYIOOC 2019 and received 51 prizes, including 32 gold medals, 18 silver medals and 1 best in class, a success rate of 84%.
45 of the 51 winning oils come from the Istrian peninsula in the northern Adriatic. It is an olive grove that is recognized year after year for its high quality of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). In Croatia, the next major olive growing area is Dalmatia, a region that stretches south along the Croatian Adriatic coast.
The main winner was Agrolaguna, a large producer of wine and olive oil in Istria, known for its olive oil range Ol Istria and awarded 3 gold and one silver medal.
Organic olive oil
The best in its class was the organic oil Šoltansko Maslinovo Ulje (island Šolta), which was produced by an island producer cooperative from the Šoltanka culture (also called Levantinka).
EVOO on the island of Šolta benefit from the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) at EU level as well as other oils from the islands of Cres, Krk and Korčula.
Also noteworthy is the ŽŽ Zdrava Hrana oil, a monovariate from Dalmatia, which was awarded a gold medal.
This organic olive grove with 15 hectares and 450 olive trees is located in Selca at the southeastern end of the island of Brač and has a long history. The oil is extracted from organic olives. Grass and weeds are removed manually and the sheep graze and fertilize the soil naturally without using chemical fertilizers.
Oro Bailén, one of the best in the world, from Jaén
Harvesting is done manually and grinding begins just a few hours later to preserve all the aromas of the olives. It is a completely natural product. Its owner, Željko, carefully monitors all aspects of the production to guarantee a quality product. The peroxide content is also significantly below average.
Al Torcio, a family business from Istria, also participated in NYIOOC for the first time and won two gold and one silver medal.