UC Davis Olive Center
Pursue research with a fresh perspective, applying modern scientific knowledge and technology to an ancient crop
Offer independent chemical & sensory analysis, free web resources, and educational events.
Provide independent, research-based information to professional buyers and regulators to promote consumer embrace of quality.
Research, Industry and Education Achievements
~ Exposing quality problems with imported olive oil
~ Establishing a sensory laboratory
~ Documenting consumer preference for California olives
~ Reviving table olive processing research
~ Providing essential educational opportunities
~ Partnering with federal regulators
~ Pursuing mechanical harvesting research
~ Developing international partnerships
Olive Center Staff
Professor and Sensory Scientist, Department of Food Science & Technology