The winners of the New York International Olive Oil Competition 2016

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The winners of the New York International Olive Oil Competition were announced at a New York press conference broadcast live on April 14, 2016.

Over 200 media and food industry professionals attended the sold-out press event, which included a tasting of many of the winning oils.

More than 820 brands from 26 countries participated in the competition, making it by far the largest of its kind. Italy took home the most awards with 109, followed by Spain with 78. United States won 50 awards. 17 olive oil brands were awarded the Best in Class distinction.2016 New York International Olive Oil Competition

Curtis Cord, president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), announced the best olive oils in the world for 2016 at a press conference packed with over 200 olive oil producers retailers, distributors, chefs and journalists from around the world in New York City this evening.

The crowded audience was abuzz with anticipation, nerves and excitement. One producer said she was nearly in tears. “My boss told me not to come home unless I win,” she said. Viewers from around the world, who watched the live-streamed broadcast online, joined the New York crowd, waiting for the results.

Despite the many challenges, 314 producers took home awards, an overall success rate of 38 percent. Italy won 109 awards, overtaking last year’s top winner, Spain, who racked up 78 wins, a strong second. The United States came in third place with 50.

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