Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sicilian Recipe of the Week: Pistacchio Cake

Australia sets new Olive Oil Labeling Standards

At Mamamiafoods, we labels our products properly.

The standards, which came into affect last week, remove some of the confusing terms such as ‘light’ and ‘premium’, and require producers to clearly label whether their oil is fresh or refined.

President of the Australian Olive Association, Paul Miller, says the old labeling system didn’t allow consumers to easily distinguish between different grades of olive oil. ‘It’s causing confusion amongst consumers and that’s actually damaging the market,’ he said. ‘We think consumers should have the choice between extra virgin which is the premium product and then a second grade product which is still a type of olive oil but has been through a refinery and is a lower grade.’

The new standards will be voluntary, but CEO of Standards Australia Colin Blair doesn’t think this will discourage their adoption by producers. ‘With a lot of these things you get back to false and misleading claims and that’s where the ACCC would come in,’ he said. Paul Miller agrees that the standards provide clear guidelines for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to judge whether products are correctly labelled.

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In this report: Paul Miller, president of the Australian Olive Association; Colin Blair, CEO of Standards Australia

Italy’s Food Exports Rose 11% in the 1st Quarter of 2011

This is impressive given how strong the Euro has been and how that affects exports:

Rome – Sergio Marini, President of the Coldiretti, during the annual general meeting with 15,000 participating farmers from all over Italy, affirmed that in 2011 Italy has exported more food and wine than cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. The Italian agricultural and food sector confirms to be the leading export sector: exports have increased 11% in Q1.

Mamamiafoods is proud to be pushing those exports higher!

Sicilian Recipe: Sarde A Beccafico

Pasta edges out meat as the world’s favorite food

With global price inflation taking off despite the denials of various governments, people are becoming more selective about what they eat. As Phil Bloomer of Oxford international put it, “The world’s attitudes to food are shifting in the face of rising prices.” Pasta is becoming the preferred food of choice worldwide.

Sicilian Recipe: Trapani’s Pesto & Pasta