About Olive Oil Times
In February, 2010, Curtis Cord renamed a personal blog, where he tasted various olive oils encountered on his travels, to Olive Oil Times. With writers and contributors in olive oil-producing regions around the world providing timely news and information for olive oil enthusiasts, chefs and food industry participants, Olive Oil Times has become the international publication of record for the sector, and an indispensable source of unbiased information for consumers and professionals alike.
Olive Oil Times is solely owned by Curtis M. Cord, its founder and president. No other company or individual has a stake of any kind in the publication or its activities, which include the New York International Olive Oil Competition and the Olive Oil Times Education Lab.
Prior to starting Olive Oil Times, Mr. Cord had never engaged in any activity related to the olive oil business, and he has never held a financial stake or interest in any outside company involved in the business of olive oil. Cord maintains a strict policy of journalistic independence and he is therefore regularly cited in the media as an objective and impartial observer of the olive oil world.
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For thousands of years liquid gold has been produced, traded, and cherished, but much of the world is only now becoming acquainted with olive oil as an integral part of a healthier way of life.
With global production approaching 3 million tons, olive oil is branching out beyond the traditional places, and investments are pouring into new olive oil operations just about anywhere in the world olives can grow. New World techniques of high-density farming and mechanical harvesting mark an industry revolution, while the traditional methods and old farms maintain their relevancy to consumers increasingly educated in the complexity and endless varieties of premium olive oil.
The story extends from the Himalayan foothills to the low plains of Argentina; the mangled roots of ancient groves to the neat rows of modern farms; production so small it doesn’t extend beyond family members to those so large as to fill hulls of giant tankers steaming across oceans.
Behind every bottle at the farmers market or the discount chain there are people dedicated to their own approach to an ancient craft. It’s hard to imagine a more disparate group than producers of olive oil today, except for the commitment they must share to succeed in this field.
More producers are striving to produce high-quality extra virgin olive oil in response to consumers who are seeking the best products for their families. Competitions led by the New York International Olive Oil Competition are making it easier than ever for people to find the best olive oils in the world.
The time to welcome olive oil into our lives has arrived. In places with such unique cuisines as India, Mexico and China, governments faced with the high costs of health problems associated with the use of saturated fats are urging the use of olive oil.
All of this creates a fascinating subject rife with contrasting angles, conflict and humanity. At the same time, consumers are more than ever taking the time to learn about food; where it comes from, how it’s made and handled, and its effect on our health.
Olive Oil Times is the most-read source of news, reviews and analysis on this fascinating subject. Our growing staff of expert contributors in every olive oil producing region provide timely information for consumers, industry professionals and olive oil enthusiasts.
And we’re just getting started. Just like this ever-evolving subject, we’ll never stop looking for new stories and innovative ways to share them.
About the Publisher
Curtis Cord began a personal blog in 2009 where he compared various olive oils he encountered on his European travels. Realizing the need for an independent publication dedicated to the far-reaching topic in February 2010 he created Olive Oil Times.
Maintaining a strict policy of journalistic independence, Cord has edited or written thousands of articles for Olive Oil Times, which has long held the position as the world’s leading source of olive oil news and information. Cord is regularly cited in the media as an impartial observer of the olive oil industry.
In 2012, Cord launched the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), which immediately emerged as the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil quality contest. Now in its sixth year, the contest is expected to draw 1,000 entries from more than 27 countries.
Cord is the executive director of the Olive Oil Sommelier Certification program at New York’s International Culinary Center, a comprehensive series of courses spanning production, quality management, and advanced sensory assessment.
Cord also hosts the podcast program, On Olive Oil.
Curtis Cord, Founder and Publisher