17 Nov, 2010 @ 11:20
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Third time lucky for Axarquia oil

OLIVE oil producers in the Axarquia are making a third attempt to gain formal recognition for their product.

Eight local cooperatives have banded together in a bid to have their area registered as an official DO, or ‘denomination of origin’.

The group comprises 8,000 producers who make around 10 million kilos of oil a year.

They are hoping the trademark will improve marketing channels and international distribution prospects.

Incredibly it will now take the Junta up to two years to decide whether to send the application on to Brussels for final approval.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. “Incredibly it will now take the Junta up to two years to decide whether to send the application on to Brussels for final approval.”

    That’s not incredible, that’s normal. It’ll probably take 10 years in the end. I love how the Junta expedite such important matters for their Olive Oil producers… not.

  2. It doesnt take them 2 years to decide to send it Brussels, it takes them 2 years to do the work LOL Remember they are talking about “La Junta” so are “funcionarios” which it think translates to: Coffee drinking, lazy, ineffective, constant break take workers, of course that is when they are at work as there are all the holidays and “Puentes” they have to take.

  3. It’s not just the Junta. I’ve been dealing with private oil companies, dealers, packers and some of the co-ops across Andalucia for a while now and it usually takes an extraordinarily long time to get anything done, even simple things. It’s no wonder most of the oil is sold in bulk to be bottled elsewhere (Italy). Anything more complicated than that is beyond most. Why “complica la vida”?

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