The OOWC will bring together the world's olive sector in June

The Instituto de la Grasa in Seville was the chosen venue for the presentation of the Olive Oil World Congress in Spain. 

The event was welcomed by Enrique Martínez, director of the Seville Fat Institute; Juan Antonio Polo, head of the Olive Oil Technology and Environment Department of the IOC; and María Isabel Solís Benjumea, delegate of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development in Seville.

Martinez, as host, thanked for choosing the Instituto de la Grasa for this presentation and highlighted the importance of the Institute's participation in the organizing and scientific committee of the event.

“We are delighted to host such a relevant congress. The decision to hold it at our national headquarters in Madrid was the right one, considering the scientific support it offers," said Martínez. "We wish this edition to be the first of many”.

After him, Polo stressed that “although olive oil represents only 2% of the fats consumed worldwide, it is a fundamental element for nutrition and health”. “Events such as the Olive Oil World Congress can help us to overcome the current situation of uncertainty and to face the new challenges facing the olive grove and olive oil sector”.

Likewise, Solís has claimed the seriousness of the loss of soils in olive cultivation, pointing out that certain practices contribute to this problem. In addition, he expressed his gratitude for the choice of Spain as the venue for this congress, highlighting especially the decision to present it in Andalusia. He has also underlined the commitment of the Junta with the sector, assuring that “the doors of the Consejería are open to collaborate in its development and face the challenges that arise”.

Ricardo Migueláñez, general coordinator of the OOWC, then presented the main figures of this international event that will bring together experts and professionals from around the world to discuss the latest advances and challenges for the cultivation, processing and marketing of this product. 

For this first edition, the OOWC program has been divided into seven thematic blocks covering each and every one of the issues that concern and occupy the sector at the international level.

Among the confirmed speakers are Manuel Parras, professor at the University of Jaén and president of the Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) Aceites de Jaén; Plácido Pascual, member of the Tasting Panel of the Agrifood Laboratory of Córdoba; Georgios Koubouris, researcher at the Olive Institute of Greece; Antonio Escribano, Professor of Sports Nutrition at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM); and Di Yang, expert in vegetable oil in the Markets and Trade Division of FAO. These will allow attendees to learn first-hand the tools to address the challenges facing the olive grove and olive oil sector for the future.

Find out more about the OOWC program by visiting this link.

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Under the slogan 'Taste it, enjoy it, it's olive oil', the OOWC counts on the collaboration of AgroBank, CIA - Agricoltori Italiani, FOOI, MSC, John Deere and the Junta de Andalucía through its brand 'Gusto del Sur' as Platinum sponsors; Grupo Interóleo, Yara International, GEA, AGQ Labs and Balam Agriculture as Gold sponsors; the company Kubota, Todolivo and SGS as Silver sponsors; and Agrocolor as other sponsors. Agrotec, Voz do Campo, Puglia Live, Grupo Joly and Oleo are the Media Partners of the OOWC.

Anyone interested in participating on the congress can obtain information from the OOWC Technical Secretariat by calling +34 917217929 or by sending an-email to

About the OOWC:

The Olive Oil World Congress is an event that will bring together the world's leading speakers in each subject, generating knowledge about the new developments and innovations existing in each link of the value chain. It will bring together all operators in the sector worldwide, with the aim of joining forces to continue working together. Taking into account that Spain is the world leader in production, marketing and export of olive oil, it has been decided that the first edition would be held in Madrid in 2024, although the project began in 2023 with the promotional actions of "On the road to the OOWC 2024". After this first edition, the venue will be itinerant, although inter-congress activities will be developed around the world.