Sol d'Oro Northern Hemisphere Competition: live streaming for 2020 awards and launch of 2021 edition

The award ceremony was held on Sunday 22 November with a combined attended and digital event for the olive oils winning the Sol d'Oro Northern Hemisphere International Competition. The live stream from Veronafiere broadcast on YouTube involved President Maurizio Danese and links with Marino Giorgetti, the competition panel leader, and the award winners.

Torrone: the traditional Christmas nougat

"Torrone" Nougat is a traditional Christmas dessert that boasts very ancient origins. It may have been invented in China - where almonds also originated - yet the recipe closest to the modern version comes from the Arab world. The "torrone" nougat known today is actually a variant of the famous "cubbaita" or "juggiolena", an Arab dessert made of honey and sesame, now known as "halva".

Quality is fine this year but prices for extra virgin olive oil will be higher

There will be no shortage of extra virgin olive oil on international markets and enthusiastic consumers but it will be more expensive than last year – albeit while not reaching the peak prices seen in 2018.

There is still plenty of room for genuine Made in Italy products in Asia

Demand for Italian foodstuffs in Asia is increasing but unfortunately many consumers turn to Italian sounding products when they cannot find the "originals". This emerged from a study by Assocamere analysing 600 products in China (Hong Kong, Beijing), South Korea (Seoul), Japan (Tokyo), India (Mumbai), Singapore (Singapore), Thailand (Bangkok) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City).

Dry fruit reduces the risk of obesity

Dried fruit is all too often not served at table for fear of gaining weight given its high energy and calorie levels. Yet, enjoyed in moderation, the opposite is true - as shown by an American study published in the British journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health which suggests that consuming 14 grams of dried fruit a day actually helps prevent gaining weight over the years and reduces the risk of obesity.

Olive oil at the bottom of the sea

1800 years old but still young at heart - thanks to a secret of the ancient Romans. Archaeology often helps us resolve unusual dilemmas. The discovery of a Roman galley off the coast of the Spanish island of Majorca a few months ago, that probably sank III century A.D., has helped enabled reveal an authentic gold mine of gastronomy.