An ‘ID’ for Apulian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

An ‘ID’ for Apulian Extra Virgin Olive Oil


On the 22nd of July, the new PIVOLIO project was pre­sented in Bari, the coun­try seat of Apulia, the Southern Italian region that pro­duces the most olive oil (40 per­cent of the national pro­duc­tion comes from here). The acronym stands for Innovative Process for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Valorisation.

The aim of the new project — that was imple­mented with funds from the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research within the frame­work of the National Operational Programme for Research and Competitiveness” 2007 – 2013 — is to cer­tify extra vir­gin olive oil qual­ity with grow­ers using state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, to pro­mote qual­ity prod­ucts, while at the same time oppos­ing frauds.

Gennaro Sicolo, chair­man of the local pro­duc­ers’ coop­er­a­tive Oliveti Terra di Bari, illus­trated the main fea­tures of what he described as a research project that has a huge impor­tance for olive grow­ing, the lead­ing sec­tor of local econ­omy.” It will help to cer­tify extra vir­gin olive oil qual­ity, thus defend­ing the com­mit­ment of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of pro­duc­ers whose work has never been fully acknowl­edged,” he said.

For the first time, the NIR (near infrared spec­troscopy) analy­sis will be made straight by the oil mill, for every sin­gle pro­duc­tion place. The infor­ma­tion will be used imme­di­ately, help­ing to clas­sify and pro­tect the olive oil qual­ity,…

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