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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