Daily Archives: November 26, 2015

  • Canada's biggest Olive Oil Contest Olive d’Or 2016

    The Olive d’Or competition takes place within the framework of SIAL Canada, the largest food industry fair in this country on the North American continent.

    The olive oils entering the contest should come from a homogenous batch of at least 1,000 liters, and not be distributed under a generic brand. Each participant can register various products, but only two per category.

    During the fair all the olive oils entering the contest are displayed at the Olive d’Or space, which is especially designed to highlight the qualities of each of the oils (origin, information on the producer and distributor, classification), and these can be sampled by the visitors at the event.

    Participating olive oils must respect the following criteria:

    Extra virgin olive oil
    Contain less than 0.8% of oleic acid
    Be issued from a minimum homogenous lot of 1.000 L
    Participants must determine in which category they want their olive oil to be presented in. There are 4 different categories: Ripe fruitiness, Light Fruit Flavour, Medium Fruit Flavour, Strong Fruit Flavour.

    Each participant can register one or several products.

    COMPETITION

    The selection of winners will be held under the rules and ethics of International Olive Oil Council (COI) by an independent jury. The jury’s decision is final and without appeal. The results will be announced during the SIAL Canada show. No explanation will be given.

    1st selection: April 11th, 2016
    Date of jury: April 12th, 2016

    PACKAGES

    Package 1: Participation at 2016 contest + showcase your product in the Olive d’Or area + get referenced in the official showguide.

    Package 2: Package 1 + sampling of your product in the Olive d’Or area during the 3 days of SIAL Canada 2016 + get the list of potential buyers who visited this space.

    Tasting session in the Olive d’Or area
    By choosing Package 2, your product will be offered for tasting to all visitors of the Olive d’Or area. Tasting sessions will be driven by a professional hostess. This hostess will scan the badge of each visitor in order to retrieve their contact information. The list of these professional buyers or potential business partners will then be sent to participants who choose Package 2.
    As a reminder, SIAL Canada’s attendees are potential buyers from the retail and foodservice sectors.

    Participants will not be allowed to promote their products themselves in the Olive d’Or area.

    SAMPLE SHIPPING

    Product reception deadline: March 30th, 2016

    QUANTITY:

    If you choose Package 1: please send 3 bottles
    If you choose Package 2: please send 6 bottles (3 for the jury tasting sessions and 3 for the tasting in Olive d’Or area).
    All bottles must be of one of the following formats: 500ml or 750ml. If in your country, formats are different, 375ml formats can be exceptionally accepted. Tinted or transparent glass bottles are accepted.

    ADDRESS:
    OLIVE D’OR – SIAL CANADA
    Expo Canada France Inc.
    To Magalie Moreau
    2120 Sherbrooke Est, # 901
    Montréal (Qc) Canada H2K 1C3

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  • Uncover sources of future market growth for the Olive Oil in Eurasia

    After the decrease in consumption of oils and fats in 2013, 2014 recorded positive results. The devaluation of the national currency led to a shift towards less expensive products and larger bottles. Moreover, locals usually have wide range of oils at home for various purposes, such as sunflower oil for cooking, better quality vegetable or seed oil for salads or snack preparation, butter for sandwiches and margarine for baked goods.

    During the forecast period oils and fats will likely be more carefully analysed by customers and a switch towards healthier products is expected to take place. Consumer education, the improving quality of life, and the growing trend towards health and fitness will drive a more careful selection of oils and fats.

    Olive oil is set to benefit from these trends and the expected increase in consumption over the forecast period is the highest among all oils and fats.




    Olive oil market in Kazakhstan

    The olive oil market in Kazakhstan is still young, growing faster than other oils. This country does not have its own production and the market feeds directly of imports, as shows a report by ICEX Spain Export and Investment.

    The major exporters to this market are Spain, Turkey, Italy, Lithuania and Greece, with Spain as undisputed leader in sales with a market share of 67.32% in 2014.

    According to this study, the consumption of olive oil is still limited, and that ignorance is high and usually has specific uses (salads, special meals…).

    At the product level, olive oil has a “great presentation” in the market, with strong positioning in commercial areas, a large variety of brands and products closely identified with its origin.

    The main sales points are hypermarkets and supermarkets along with Premium stores. The study shows that olive oil is rarely found in classical markets and bazaars or if so there are greater risks of falsification and fraud regarding low quality products.

    Speaking about the perception of the Spanish product, the report indicates that it is considered of high quality and a very good choice because of its good quality-to-price ratio, although the main problem of this market is that product knowledge is still very limited.

    Increased growth
    The report also highlights that the oil market has been having the highest growths among the other oils with an increase of 31% in 2014.

    Therefire, the Westernization of the population, the increase of modern sales areas, higher knowledge about quality olive oil and the development of a gastronomic education make this market more and more relevant lately.

    One of the biggest problems of the Kazakh market is the logistics and geographical distance. Market access has to be performed under the standards of the Customs Economic Union, in which Kazakhstan is involved.

    As ICEX highlights, this country is a challenge for olive oil exports and presents difficulties, although this should not discourage the companies to enter in it, as it presents interesting opportunities.

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  • A team of European scientists has developed a portable analyzer of pollutants in oil

    Biofos is a specific-target research program (STREP) co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program.

    A team of European scientists has developed a portable analyzer of pollutants in oil, milk, nuts and dried fruit. The system, based on biosensors, photonics and microfluidics, seeks to simplify the analysis process providing instant results with a “simple and inexpensive” tool.

    The aim of Biofos is to develop a simple, fast, low-cost, sensitive, portable and reliable, screening tool for in-situ detection of food contaminations. The reusable biosensing system will be based on optical interference and lab-on-a-chip (LoC) technology. By combining the most promising concepts from the photonic, biological, nanochemical and fluidic parts of LoC systems, the BIOFOS system is targeting in the specific and highly sensitive detection of antibiotics, mycotoxins, insecticides and heavy metals in milk, olive oil and nuts.

    Thus, as reported by the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), the developed device uses biosensors to identify, for the moment, seven contaminants in food sectors analyzed: metals (copper) pesticides (phosmet) in oil, antibiotics (penicillin and Aflotaxina M1) and lactose in milk; and mycotoxins (aflatoxin B1, ochratoxin A) in nuts.

    The system integrates several characteristics of a LoC (“Lab on a chip”), a small size device that allows several tests, so that a single device can detect various pollutants when functions.

    According to IRTA, the LoC also provides significant advantages over other techniques used until this date: it does not require hazardous reagents, in fact the biosensor can be reused up to 30 times and does not require specialized personnel.

    The project, which began in late 2013, is formed by a consortium of 10 partners from institutes and European companies specializing in research and innovation in photonics, biochemical and electrical engineering, and other technical specialties.

    IRTA participates as an expert in the product definition for end users, providing the link between scientific research and industry, as well as the validation of the technique at the analytical level. It is expected that by 2016 it will have a prototype to prepare the release of the Biofos system.

    In its opinion, the flexibility offered by this system can help improve food security, facilitating the control of contaminants throughout the production chain, especially in the buying and selling of raw materials and processing industries.

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  • EVOOLEUM WORLD'S TOP100 EVOO Competition is now open for registration

    Competition, sponsored by Mercacei and AEMO, is already running. From today until January 25th 2016 individual producers, producer associations and production companies around the world can submit their EVOOs of the 2015/16 Campaign to participate in a Contest that will choose the best 100 extra virgin olive oils around the world. This competition has been created with the intention of becoming the best and most rigorous international contest regarding quality of extra virgin olive oils.

    But this is only the beginning. The best 100 EVOOs in the world, sorted according to their score in the competition, will be presented at the EVOOLEUM Guide. WORLD’S TOP100 EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILS, published in English and of annual periodicity, which will be distributed at major fairs and events in the olive sector, as well as gourmet and delicatessen stores, bookstores and specialist outlets spread around the five continents.

    EVOOLEUM WORLD’S TOP100 EVOOs Competition will have two distinguishing factors: Rules that guarantee the most objective, rigorous and independent process of valuation and classification of samples; and Tasting Panel formed by the most prestigious international experts.

    The different categories established in the contest will allow consumers to know which are the best EVOOs in the world attending to their organoleptic characteristics, origin, olive varieties, Protected Designation of Origin or packaging, without forgetting the organic oils.

    Therefore, the following awards in different categories will be established: Award for Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which will be the one who obtains the highest absolute score; EVOO TOP 3, the best three EVOOs in total score (whose image will serve to illustrate the cover of the Guide); Best Green Fruitiness and Best Ripe Fruitiness (as the category of fruitiness); Best Intense Fruitiness, Best Medium Fruitiness and Best Light Fruitiness (as the intensity of fruitiness); Best of each country, considering only those countries presenting five or more samples (depending on the origin); Best Monovarietal, also considering only those olive varieties that have five or more samples; Best Southern Hemisphere and Best Northern Hemisphere; Best Ecologic Oil in the categories of Intense Fruitiness, Medium and Light; Special Award for the Best Protected Designation of Origin, which will be the one whose three best oils add up more points than the rest of PDOs; Award for Best packaging, in the following categories: Best Design EVOO Premium (gourmet segment), Best innovative Design and Best Design in Retail (those oils oriented to the market sales in the retail area). In each of the three categories Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded.

    The EVOOs submitted should come from a batch of at least 2,500 liters, stored in the oil mill and the candidate must maintain the oil in their facilities until at least 30 days after the closing of the competition notice. Each candidate may submit only one sample per trademark or type of oil.

    How to register
    The competition has its own website with versions in Spanish and English, www.evooleum.com/en, notable for its elegant design, simplicity, cleanliness and clarity. In it those interested can find detailed information about the competition and the contest as well as the registration form and composition of the Tasting Panel.

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