The International Olive Council (IOC), the worldwide body that sets international trade standards for 97 percent of the world’s export of olive oil, has announced the winners of the International Olive Council’s Mario Solinas Quality Award in New York City for the first time ever. The winners were announced at an educational seminar on Monday, June 29, during the Summer Fancy Food Show.
“For the first time in the 15 year history of the competition, we held two editions of the Mario Solinas Quality Awards, in order to draw entries from countries in the Northern and Southern hemispheres,” said Jean-Louis Barjol, the Executive Director of the IOC. “We are pleased to honor the winners in a world-renowned food destination like New York City.”
Established in 2000, the International Mario Solinas Quality Awards is one of the most prestigious olive oil competitions in the world. The aim of the competition is to encourage individual and group producers, and packers in the producing countries, to market extra virgin olive oils displaying harmonious organoleptic characteristics and to encourage consumers to recognize and appreciate the sensory attributes of such oils. The IOC distinguishes itself from other competitions by judging by an official jury and awarding a 3,000 liter batch of olive oil, as opposed to the one bottle required for smaller competitions. Below is a full list of winners:
First Edition Winners:Intense green fruitiness
• 1st prize: Finca La Torre – Finca la Reja, S.L.
• 2nd prize: Casas de Hualdo, S.L.
• 3rd prize: La Inmaculada Concepción, S.C.A. de Oleoestepa
First Edition Winners:Medium green fruitiness
• 1st prize: SCA Almazaras de la Subbética
• 2nd prize: Almazara de Muela, S.L.
• 3rd prize: Aroden, S.A.T.
First Edition Winners:Mild green fruitiness
• 1st prize: Casa de Santo Amaro, Heredeiros de Manuel Alberto
• 2nd prize: Lameira de Cima, S.A.
• 3rd prize: Olivarera de Pedrera, S.C.A. de Oleoestepa
First Edition Winners:Ripe fruitiness
• 1st prize: Victor Guedes, S.A.
• 2nd prize: Sociedade Agrícola Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima, LDA
• 3rd prize: Explotaciones Agrícolas Páramo de Valcuevas, S.L.U.
Second Edition Winners:Intense fruitiness
• 1st prize: Azienda Agricola Leone Sabino
• 2nd prize: Torres Morente, S.A.
Second Edition Winners:Medium green fruitiness
• 1st prize: Murtig�o – Sociedade Agricola, S.A.
• 2nd prize: Frantonio Romano
• 3rd prize: Castillo de Canena Olive Juice, S.L.
Second Edition Winners:Mild green fruitiness
• 1st prize: Victor Guedes, S.A.
• 2nd prize: Sociedade Agrícola Vale do Ouro, S.A.
• 3rd prize: ElaiaLagar – Produç�o e Comercializaç�o de Azeites, S.A.
Second Edition Winners:Ripe fruitiness
• 1st prize: Celso Hern�ni Gastalho Madeira
About the International Olive Council
The International Olive Council (IOC) is the worldwide body that sets international trade standards for the olive and olive oil industry. Based in Madrid, Spain, the Council is an intergovernmental organization created in 1959. It is charged with implementing the 2005 International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, the purpose of which is to promote trade, consumption and international cooperation in the fields of olive oil and olives. Visit www.internationaloliveoil.org for more information.
SOURCE: International Olive Council
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