Daily Archives: April 17, 2015

  • NYIOOC introducing the WORLD'S BEST OLIVE OILS for 2015

    A record number of entries from dozens of countries were judged at the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil quality competition this week in New York.

    Despite one of the most challenging harvest seasons in recent memory, 671 olive oils competed at the third annual New York International Olive Oil Competition.

    Spain took home the most awards with 73, followed by Italy with 43. United States won 39 awards and Greece won 35 awards.

    The announcement of the results capped an all-day conference on the culture of olive oil at the International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York’s Soho neighborhood. Speakers at the conference included the fashion designer Norma Kamali, Lionsgate Entertainment founder and philanthropist Frank Giustra, Oldways president Sara Baer-Sinnott, ICC founder Dorothy Cann-Hamilton and many others.

    Conference attendees were the first to taste the newly-crowned NYIOOC winners at an awards reception hosted by the International Culinary Center immediately following the unveiling.

    On April 15, 2015 the results of the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil competition were revealed in New York, where nearly 700 olive oil from 25 countries were evaluated by an international jury of experts.

    Here are the best extra virgin olive oils for 2015.

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  • Hellmann’s With Olive Oil Mayonnaise Style Dressing

    Hellmann’s is launching a new variant into its dressings portfolio – Hellmann’s With Olive Oil Mayonnaise Style Dressing.

    Available in both a jar and an easy-to-use squeezy format, Hellmann’s With Olive Oil has all the goodness of Hellmann’s along with the same unmistakable taste that consumers love, but features a blend of olive oil and is a good natural source of Omega 3.

    The product launches at a time when consumers are looking for products with a healthier positioning and seeks to reinvigorate the £146 million Mayonnaise market by offering consumers a new product proposition from an iconic brand.

    Kyrie Merryman, senior brand manager for Hellmann’s comments: “Hellmann’s With Olive Oil Mayonnaise Style Dressing will appeal to consumers looking for different flavors and formats during the upcoming BBQ season, and can be used with a variety of dishes – from salads, to grilled meats, and sandwiches. We are very excited about this new product launch.”

    The launch will be supported by a £5 million marketing campaign in June 2015 including, TV, Digital, OOH and PR.

    The packaging features Hellmann’s distinctive logo against a green background, with Hellmann’s With Olive Oil Mayonnaise Style Dressing available in a 400g glass jar with an RRP of £2.39 and a 430ml squeezy bottle with an RRP of £2.99.

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    Hellmann’s is launching a new variant into its dressings portfolio – Hellmann’s With Olive Oil Mayonnaise Style Dressing. Available in both a jar and an easy-to-use squeezy format, Hellmann’s With Olive Oil has all the goodness of Hellmann’s along with the same unmistakable... 
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  • Researchers use plant oils like olive for novel bio-based plastics

    Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants.

    The researchers, led by Michael Kessler, Berry Family director and professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, have published a paper on the work in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces .

    Polyurethane is extremely tough and corrosion- and wear-resistant, but researchers would like a more environmentally friendly alternative to the petroleum-based product. About 14 million tons of polyurethane was produced in 2010, and production is expected to increase by almost 30 percent by 2016.

    While there are already some polyurethanes made from plant materials, Kessler’s research group developed a new method that uses vegetable oils to create materials with a wide variety of flexibility, stiffness and shapes. Plant oils are inexpensive, readily available, renewable and can be genetically engineered.

    In the study, the researchers made polyurethane using olive, canola, grape seed, linseed and castor oils. While other researchers have struggled with using petroleum-based solvents, the WSU researchers, working with colleagues from Iowa State and from Cairo universities, didn’t use solvents or a catalyst in their production.

    To make polyurethane, manufacturers combine two types of chemical compounds in a reaction. One of the chemicals is a polyol, which is a compound with multiple hydroxyl functional groups that are available for reaction.
    Biobased Polyurethanes Prepared from Different Vegetable OilsSome oils, like linseed oil, have five or six reactive sites, making the material stiffer. Others, such as olive oil, have fewer reactive sites, making the material more flexible.

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  • Two broken teeth on olive pit in pizza = $23,000

    A man who broke two teeth when he bit into an unpitted olive in a slice of Pizzicato pizza has settled his lawsuit for $23,000.

    Todd Wyckoff had filed a $49,999 lawsuit in November against the Portland restaurant chain, seeking compensation for dental bills and his suffering after buying a puttanesca pizza from the chain’s Laurelhurst location at 2811 E. Burnside St. on Aug. 1.

    “Unbeknownst to (Wyckoff), one of the olives on the pizza contained an entire pit,” stated his suit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

    He spit out the pit, which was about as long as the diameter of a quarter.

    Wyckoff underwent oral surgery to remove the cracked teeth and allow a dentist to create a partial bridge to replace those teeth. To do that, the dentist had to file down five teeth, said Wyckoff’s Portland attorney, Benjamin Cox.

    Wyckoff racked up about $6,000 in dental bills. He is a retired home remodeler.
    olive pit in a Pizzicato pizzaThe suit faulted Pizzicato for allegedly failing to “adequately inspect and discover the unpitted olive even though the olive jar’s label warned of potential pit fragments.” Puttanesca pizza contains “fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and feta on a garlic/olive oil base,” according to the restaurant’s menu.

    Tracy Frankel, Pizzicato’s owner and president, couldn’t be reached for comment this week about the settlement with the restaurant chain’s insurer, Liberty Mutual.

    Cox said Liberty Mutual didn’t make any offers to settle before he filed the lawsuit. Rather, the company said fault rests with the olive manufacturer, not Pizzicato, Cox said.

    “As you can imagine, (my client) didn’t want to go to Greece to pursue someone to get his teeth fixed,” said Cox, adding that Pizzicato was ultimately responsible for serving Wyckoff an unpitted olive. “At the end of the day, it was one of their employees who put it on there.”

    At the time the suit was filed, Frankel told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the company’s restaurants “do our best to to check all of our ingredients so they are up to our standards.”

    Tracy and Marc Frankel founded Pizzicato 25 years ago, “just a little ‘mom and pop’ in a tiny location on Portland’s west side,” according to the restaurant’s website. It now encompasses 17 locations.

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    A man who broke two teeth when he bit into an unpitted olive in a slice of Pizzicato pizza has settled his lawsuit for $23,000. Todd Wyckoff had filed a $49,999 lawsuit in November against the Portland restaurant chain, seeking compensation for dental bills and his suffering... 
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