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Professional Association Directory

The Olive Oil Source is pleased to provide this Professional Association Directory for the olive oil community. It does not imply an endorsement of the associations or any of their products or services. For more information, please contact the associations directly. To add a resource to this directory, please write to

The Florida Olive Council is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to promoting research, cultivation and marketing of olive trees and olive products. Supporters of the Florida Olive Council are dedicated to the highest standards of environmental sustainability, academic and business ethics.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.

The Food and Nutrition Information Center - a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971. Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.

Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
Sales, Marketing, Import/Exports

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations on behalf of its 1,500 member companies — food retailers and wholesalers — in the United States and around the world.

The Mission of the Georgia Olive Growers Association, Inc. is to promote, encourage and educate others about the growing of olive trees (olea europaea) in the State of Georgia along with the production and marketing of olive oil, pickled olives and other olive tree products derived from olive trees grown in our state.

Hunter Olive Association
Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

The Hunter Olive Association is an association of olive growers throughout the Hunter Valley in Austrailia. The Association organises field days, publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and is here for the benefit of olive growers and olive lovers generally.

Indian Olive Association
Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

The Indian Olive Association (IOA) was established to promote, protect and safeguard the interests of the olive and olive oil industry in India. It is the national apex association of olive and olive oil producers, growers, distributors, importers, users and consumers. The Association aims at promoting the consumption of olives and olive oil and expanding the market. It is also committed to representing the industry before the Government, circulating information and statistics to members and obtaining the removal of grievances affecting the industry. For more information email:

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

The Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO) is a trade association representing the refiners of edible fats and oils in the United States. Our members represent approximately 90-95% of the edible fats and oils produced domestically (28 billion pounds) that are used in baking and frying fats (shortening), cooking and salad oils, margarines, spreads, confections and toppings, and ingredients in a wide variety of foods.

IFOAM's mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. Our goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture.

International Olive Oil Council (IOOC)
Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

The IOOC is a UN-chartered body that regulates olive oil throughout most of the world, but not the United States.

Italian Association of the Oil Industry (ASSI
Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

The Italian Oil Industry Association represents and safeguards industrial firms that operate in the sector of fatty substances and derivatives within all the different national, community and international offices.

Montpellier SupAgro
Universities and Research Centers

Montpellier SupAgro, le Centre International d’études supérieures en sciences agronomiques, is a school with programs in food industry engineering. It is a research center in INRA, l’Institut National de Recherches Agronomiques (

The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries of the United States, with locations in Beltsville, Maryland and Washington, D.C. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

The National Institute of Oilseed Products is an international trade association with the principal objective of promoting the general business welfare of persons, firms and corporations engaged in the buying, selling, processing, shipping, storage and use of vegetable oils and raw materials.

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.

Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

The National Organization of Olive Oil Tasters, part of the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce, was founded in 1983 Imperia thanks to initiative of the local Chamber of Commerce and the vision of a group of highly experienced tasters. These tasters, who had gained an in-depth knowledge of olive oil flavours and aromas-during their work in the olive oil industry in Imperia, one of the most historic centres of olive oil in Italy, wished to protect and enhance the value of that important technical and cultural patrimony they had developed: the art of olive oil tasting.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, our goal is to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve.

The North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) is committed to supplying North American consumers with quality products in a fair and competitive environment; to fostering a clear understanding of the different grades of olive oil; and to expounding the benefits of olive oil in nutrition, health, and the culinary arts.

The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) was formed in 1992 to present a unified voice to ensure that this region has water supplies to sustain these various purposes--both now and into the future. NCWA's Board of Director's and staff are committed to constructive leadership in the pursuit of solutions to resolve California's most perplexing water problems. NCWA seeks to protect the region's water rights and supplies by implementing an integrated regional water management plan across this diverse region and by working with Congress, the State Legislature, state and federal agencies and various stakeholders.

When the Olive Growers Council was organized as a bargaining cooperative, it entered the California scene as the only organization with the mission of trying to improve prices paid to farmers for their table olives delivered to the commercial processors.

Sales, Marketing, Import/Exports

Produce Marketing Association is a trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption.

Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

We are a not-for-profit representative of the Peruvian olive sector, comprising industrialists and exporters of olives and olive oil, committed to the development of the country. Pro Olivo is a private organization that facilitates and promotes union development, strengthening the corporate culture of its members, to satisfy requirements of the most demanding markets and ensuring the sustainability of its exports. This conduct various activities to promote increased export supply and improve the quality of olives, olive oil and its derivatives, lead and support the implementation of technical training programs in productive activities, domestic marketing, export and research associatively work to open new markets and income whose order volumes prevent individual participation of each undertaking requiring partnership working for them and strengthening the supply chain, strategic alliances with similar or complementary organizations that share and other common goals to improve the competitiveness of the Peruvian olive sector.

Soil Association
Organic Farming

This is the UK's leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health.

The Texas Olive Growers Association and Council (TOGAC) helps growers find the resources they need to succeed in the olive oil/table business.

The Texas Olive Oil Council was set up as a non-profit organization to provide consumers and potential growers with information concerning growing olives and making olive oil. The TOOC is continuing its mission by a renewed commitment to conduct cultivation seminars and field trips, hold tastings for members and nonmembers, and provide information on the health benefits of olive oil.

The Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan (OSAJ)
Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

The Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan (OSAJ) is the largest association in JAPAN for Olive and Olive Oil research and marketing. Established in 2009, OSAJ is financially independent from any government, associations, growers, processors and distributors of olive oil, in order to commit only for the quality. OSAJ association members number over 500 and are leaders of marketing olive oil in Japan.

The UC Davis Olive Center promotes collaboration between UC Davis, olive producers and the community. The university’s relationship with the olive industry began a century ago with the development of safe canning methods for California olives. This collaboration has also produced research into new olive cultivars, mechanical harvesting, olive fruit fly control, olive oil processing and sensory evaluation of olive oil. The UC Davis Olive Center brings together North America’s leading authorities on olive oil and table olives.

Consorzio Olivicolo Italiano
Foreign or Non U.S. Associations

UNAPROL, the National Union of Olive Producers, is an organization that brings several millennia of Italian olive culture, some 550,000 olive groves and more than 300 individual olive cultivars under the shelter of a single umbrella organization whose aim is to protect the quality and authenticity of Italian Olive Oil, and the livelihoods of its producers.