The first Project Technical meeting of the ​Authentic Olive Net Project – funded by the Interreg VA Greece-Italy 2014-2020 program,​was held on November 25 and 26 at ASSOPROLI headquarters in Andria, and was attended by all Project Partners: ​Chamber of Commerce of Preveza (EL), Region of Western Greece (EL), ELGO Demeter (EL), ASSOPROLI and the Chamber of Commerce of Foggia.​

Several topics were discussed, converging on the definition of a cross-border brand of olive oil authenticity that will be based on three pillars: ​1) origin, 2) production methods, 3) quality.​The project also envisages the development of a promotion platform (e-promotion Platform) and, at the same time, the creation of the “Authentic Olive Net” network / community (e-Networking platform) in which several actors of olive oil supply chain will be able to meet and collaborate.

Moreover, ASSOPROLI organized a thematic Workshop with the speeches of the agronomist Giacomo Carreras – President of the Order of Agronomists and Forest Doctors of the Province of Bari – and of Prof. Salvatore Camposeo – Department of Agro-Food and Territorial Sciences of the University of Bari – and a study visit to some of the area’s excellences, to retrace the olive oil supply chain: Vivai De Nicolo di Terlizzi, Ruggiero Agricultural Company, Cima di Bitonto Cooperative Oil Mill, I Tre Campanili Cooperative Oil Mill and the Assoproli Bari Storage System in Andria.

Forthcoming activities are the definition of the “Authentic Olive Net” Trademark and the related Values ​Chart and Regulation, the development of the Platform and the Community, and finally a call for interest addressed to companies to become part of the Authenticity” network.​

Pasquale Mastandrea – Assoproli President – highlights that through this Project, Assoproli tries to give a concrete response to the requests of its members who, given the particular moment the sector is facing, are pushing toward the olive oil quality enhancement as a tool to fight against the decline of market prices.

Francesco Cuddemi – Project officer of the Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme, attended the second day of the meeting and the approved the vision, strategy and operative plan defined by Project Partners.

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