Oct 312014

Turkey in TexasThe Spanish invested in the California Olive Ranch now it looks like the Turkish invested in the Texas Olive Ranch.

Two years ago in 2012, Texas business man, Jim Henry, told the world he planned to plant 300,000 olive trees in Carrizo Springs, Victoria, Texas (the article above says 30,000, so who knows). At that time Jim stated he’d produced extra virgin olive oil from 40,000 trees already in production and wanted to grow the olive industry in Texas.

Today Jim announced that he had transferred ownership of his Texas Olive Ranch to a group of Turkish investors. His announcement accompanied this statement, “I’m not a farmer. I’m not sure what I am.” I’m not sure what that means but Olive Crazy is guessing that even though Jim’s Texas table olive and olive oil vision was real, it was probably more expensive than he wanted to handle.

Regardless of how all this turns out in the end, the most lucrative potential market for extra virgin olive oil is in the United States and the supply of US evoo doesn’t come close to meeting the demand. Currently US olive oil and table olive production is in California. Unfortunately for US consumers California has never produced enough to meet demand. Even worse, the drought conditions in California and persistent olive fly problems have caused a number of California growers to pull out their trees in hopes of growing more profitable crops.

Make no mistake, farming is hard work and the unpredictability is tough for many folks to handle. I certainly don’t blame Jim or any of the California olive growers for their business decisions. I wish them and the US olive industry well.

May the sun shine through your branches.


Apr 262013

I thought I’d show some love to the olive industry in the southern hemisphere. Harvesting has begun and will continue for a couple more months depending on several factors like region, weather, labor, equipment, cultivar, fruit maturity, and product (table olives or extra virgin olive oil).

Here, listed in alphabetical order, are the countries on the south side that have active olive-related trade associations and websites. There are other countries in the southern hemisphere that grow olives and produce table olives and olive oil, but for various reasons do not have active industry organizations.

May the sun shine through your branches.


Apr 102012

The Jordan Olive Products Exporters Association (JOPEA) is having its biannual JOTEX aka JOPTEX exhibition on April 25 and 26, 2012 at King Hussein Sports City in Amman, Jordan. Olive producing and exporting companies and olive technology suppliers from Jordan, Italy, Palestine, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt will be showcasing their products.

Here are the details:

May the sun shine through your branches.


Apr 072012

I want to pass on another great bit of information about an olive business event in Georgia that is happening THIS WEEK.

Members of the fledgling US east coast olive growing and olive oil producing industries have the chance to participate in a “business-changing” event with global implications. If you are already involved or even thinking about becoming involved in growing olives for olive oil production or are interested in just the olive oil production side of the business you must attend the presentation and discussion of the proposed federal olive oil marketing order.

This important presentation and discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the University of Georgia’s, National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) Building, 2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793.

If you plan to attend, please contact  Beth Oleson, Executive Director of the Georgia Olive Growers Association, by email at georgiaolivegrowers@asginfo.net or by phone at (706) 845-9085.

There is supposed to be a Google Map to the location just beneath these words but I noticed that sometimes I need to refresh my webpage to see the map. In case the map doesn’t show up or refresh doesn’t work, I added a link to the map in the address just above.

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May the sun shine through your branches.


Mar 162012

Last Christmas I wrote an article about a party I attended in Savannah, Georgia and the guests who were factlessly expounding on biodiesel. It was a great opportunity to introduce you to some well-written articles about biodiesel from Dr. Luis F. Razon for The Philippine Star.

Dr. Razon is a full professor of chemical engineering at De La Salle University. His papers on the dynamics and stability of chemically-reacting systems are some of the best-cited papers in chemical engineering literature. He served in the food industry for 14 years, launching several important new products for a major, international, nutritional, products company. He returned to academe in 2001 and is pursuing research in chemical reactor engineering, alternative fuels, and life-cycle assessment.

There are four articles in the series. I can’t do them justice by reprinting them. I will give you the title of the series and of each article, and will provide a link to each article. If you are interested in biodiesel as a fuel consumer or as an olive grower or olive oil producer these articles are a must read. In the modern business world and in the modern olive industry vertical solutions for all challenges from sources to waste streams are imperative.

Biokubo: The search for an alternative feedstock for biodiesel by Dr. Luis F. Razon

(Notes: I cannot find a definition for biokubo but have emailed Dr. Razon and hope to hear from him soon. You will read references to a plant called Jatropha. It is a plant that is being grown in the south Pacific for several reasons including as a biodiesel feedstock.)

Part I. Why do we need an alternative?

Part II. The candidates: Plants and animals

Part III. The candidates: Used cooking oil and microalgae

Part IV. The future

May the sun shine through your branches.