Daily Archives: February 18, 2015

  • Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere is scheduled next autumn for olive oils from the New World

    This year’s competition in Verona focuses exclusively on olive oils from the Northern Hemisphere, with samples entered from Italy as well as Spain, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Portugal and Turkey. A panel of 13 international judges at work. Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere is scheduled next autumn for olive oils from the New World.

    Boom for entries from Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Portugal and Turkey for the Sol d’Oro Northern Hemisphere Competition. Work for the most important international olive oil competition in the world as regards product quality entered for the event organised by Veronafiere begins today and will continue until 19 February. Almost 250 samples have been entered, in line with last year’s performance when New World products were still involved – and in particular Chile alone accounted for more than one third of total entries. As of September 2014, olive oils from the production campaign that begins in Spring are covered by the Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere Competition scheduled in the Autumn.

    “Growth in the number of samples entered,” says Damiano Berzacola, Vice-President of Veronafiere “above all confirms Sol d’Oro and its two editions as the landmark international competition for quality extra virgin olive oil. Secondly, it ensures excellent support for the value of Italian production, which last year posted one of the poorest harvests for some considerable time.”

    There are five competition categories: light fruity, medium fruity, intense fruity, single variety and organic; and three awards in each category: Sol d’Oro, Sol d’Argento and Sol di Bronzo (Gold, Silver and Bronze). The top 20 samples of extra virgin olive oil achieving a score equal to or higher than 70/90 from the tasting jury will receive Special Mention diplomas. Extra virgin olive oils, after they have been rendered anonymous, are assessed in “blind tastings” by a qualified international Jury of 13 judges from Italy, Greece, Spain, Slovenia and Turkey.

    Medal-winning oils will be entitled to affix the Sol d’Oro seal to bottles attesting to the prize awarded and acknowledged product quality.

    They will also be included in the “Sol d’Oro Stars” guidebook with the technical data cards drawn up by the judges. As a tool designed to help promote the best olive oils in a marketing key, the guidebook is distributed to buyers and Veronafiere’s international delegates during Sol&Agrifood, scheduled 22-25 March 2015 (www.solagrifood.com) as well as being made available on the event’s website. During Sol&Agrifood itself, it will be possible to taste the olive oils winning prizes in the Sol d’Oro Northern Hemisphere Competition 2015 as well as the winners of the Southern Hemisphere 2014 event in the Olive Oil Bar created in collaboration with Onaoo, the national organization of olive oil tasters.

    For further information:
    Tel: + 39.045.829.82.42 – 82.85 – 82.10
    E-mail: pressoffice@veronafiere.it
    www.solagrifood.com

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  • BIOFACH Olive Oil Awards 2015 in Nuremberg (Germany)

    BIOFACH, the World’s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, that took place in Nuremberg (Germany), in association with VIVANESS, brought together 2,146 exhibitors and more than 44.000 visitors from 136 countries, from 11 to 14 February 2015.

    As both the annual exhibition highlight and the year’s first major event for the international organic industry, BIOFACH and VIVANESS included the participation of 2,348 exhibitors from Germany (630 exhibitors), Italy (297), Spain (117), France (114), the Netherlands (99) nd other countries. The main topic of this edition was “Organic 3.0 – good basic conditions for more organic food”.

    BIOFACH devoted a separate area to vegan foods for the first time this year, the VEGAN World of Experience. The aim of this was for trade visitors to view the range of vegan products available and to really experience it. The world of experience was organised in conjunction with the German Vegetarian Association (VEBU) and featured not only prominent industry players, among them Björn Moschinski, who is the head chef at his own vegan restaurant, but also exhibitors with 151 of their products. The great response from exhibitors shows how popular this segment is at the moment: A total of 730 manufacturers displayed vegan products at BIOFACH 2015, a considerable increase compared to last year, when there were 542.

    Chefs, gourmets and decision makers in the out-of-home catering industry visited hall 7 were the first cook + talk took place there this year. Organised in conjunction with the organic farming association Bioland, this get-together for professional chefs offered visitors the opportunity to engage in discussions with fellow specialists and sound information on restaurant cooking and out-of-home catering in the organic industry.

    Other worlds of experience were dedicated to wine and the cultural asset of olive oil. Visitors could find everything to do with olive oil in hall 4. In addition to workshops, presentations and tasting sessions, the programme included the annual OLIVE OIL AWARDS, where the best oils were recognised.

    Also this year the show Experience the World of olive oil was meeting place for producers on the one side and expert visitors on the other side. During three days, exhibitors had the chance to present their high-quality oil while visitors got the chance to taste it.

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  • 7th Eleotechnia 2015 Olive Oil & Olive exhibition in Greece

    And this year, 7th Eleotechnia 2015 Olive Oil and Olive exhibition will be held in Greece, Athens from 15 to 17 May. Will be assembles crowd private or cooperative enterprises producing olive oil, olive oil producers, retailers, distributors, retailers, importers-exporters and end users who want to learn as much as possible about the “liquid gold”, as Homer spoke and the “best medicine”, as Hippocrates spoke.

    Simultaneously in the same exhibition center will be held olive oil competitions.

    • 7th ARISTION Quality awards of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 7th ARISTION Packaging awards of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    The seventh edition of the Aristion Extra Virgin Olive Oil Quality and Aristion Olive Oil Packaging Design Awards will recognize quality and packaging design. With this name, of Greek origin, the Award refers to the Olympic Gold to emphasize that the winners are the best EVOOs of the world. Those who wish to apply for the Awards may do so until next April 27th.

    The jury composed of a committee of eight experts led by Effie Christopolous and Maria Lazaraki, international olive oil tasters recognized by the International Olive Council (IOC).

    Nominations
    Candidates who wish to apply to Aristion Exra Virgin Olive Oil Quality Award should send a product sample consisting of four glass bottles or cans of 500 ml. sealed and labeled.

    Likewise, those who aspire to Aristion Olive Oil Packaging Design Award should send two glass bottles or cans of 500ml. sealed and labeled; and three copies or three images of label design taken from different angles.

    Meeting point in the olive sector
    Like every year, this edition of Elecotechnia, organized by Compass Expo Limited will be held in Greece, third largest producer of olive oil in the world. This event will bring some of the most important companies of the olive sector, cooperatives, retailers, distributors, importers, exporters and consumers who want to know more about EVOO.

    Besides the two competitions during the fair other activities such as meetings or presentations of companies with the aim of bringing together all those involved in the production and sale of olive oil will take place, as well of the introduction to new products, promotion of new business relations…

    To do this, the exhibition gives attendees the opportunity to showcase their new releases and see other companies, bringing together supply and demand for products and services sector; and allows them to learn about the latest innovations in mechanical equipment, packaging materials, laboratories, etc.

    For more information click here

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