The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Maurizio Martina, visited this morning the stand of the Oleifici Mataluni - Olio Dante SpA Tuttofood 2015, the agroindustrial event, taking place at Fiera Milano, within the exhibition centre of the EXPO.
The Minister guest at the "100% Italian" seventy square metre stand of the Sanniti company, greeted the excellences in the various exhibition halls. read more
Olio Dante’s history begins in Genoa in 1849, when Andrea - founder of the Costa family - begins to market and transport olive oil and fabrics from Sardinia to Liguria. In 1854 Giacomo Costa founds the company "Giacomo Costa son of Andrea", specializing in the purchase of raw olive oil in Mediterranean countries in order to export it overseas with the Costa label.
In 1898 the first shipments are directed to North America, Argentina and Australia, countries in which the constant flow of Italian emigrants generates a demand for domestic food products. The need to quickly transport their products, leads Giacomo Costa first to use second hand cargo ships and then to build them directly, creating what will later become the fleet of Costa Cruises. Among the various Italian products, the most popular is oil, essential food for Italian cooking but not yet widespread in the Americas, where it is replaced by vegetable and animal fats like butter and margarine. When Eugenio, one of the sons of Giacomo Costa, sets on his first voyage to North America with the aim of consolidating a network of sales, he discovers something surprising: the Americans identify the name Costa more with the Portuguese than with Italians, and therefore considers appropriate to change the label as "the reminder to Italy must be easy and immediate". read more
No red lights for extra virgin olive oil. The European Union has, in fact, rejected the “traffic-light label” used for foods in the UK and it has opened an infringement procedure against the British system, that is considered to be discriminatory. The “traffic-light” labels have branded some of the best known Made-in-Italy foods as unhealthy, along with 1.200 European PDOs and PGIs, among which extra virgin olive oil is included. The aim, according to the British Ministry of Health, was to fight obesity. read more
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