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Judging Underway at World Olive Oil Competition

May. 5, 2019
By Olive Oil Times Staff

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An inter­na­tional panel of experts began ana­lyz­ing 907 entries from 26 coun­tries this morn­ing at the sev­enth annual NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition — the largest such event in the world.

At 9 o’clock (EDT) the first sam­ples were dis­trib­uted to 18 judges whose deter­mi­na­tions will lead to the unveil­ing of this year’s best extra virgin olive oils at a press con­fer­ence Friday night attended by pro­duc­ers, importers, food indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and jour­nal­ists.

Supporting the judges’ analy­ses is a team of 40 ded­i­cated staff and tech­ni­cians in New York, and 15 work­ing remotely to manage the data in real time.

This Friday at 8:30 PM (EDT), the results of the com­pe­ti­tion will be announced at the press con­fer­ence which will be broad­cast live. Last year’s press con­fer­ence was watched by more than 11,000 view­ers around the world includ­ing, pre­sum­ably, olive oil pro­duc­ers them­selves look­ing for their brands among the win­ning entries.

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is the largest olive oil qual­ity con­test and its annual list­ing of award win­ners is widely con­sid­ered the most trusted guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

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Award win­ners will be listed in the NYIOOC’s offi­cial Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils and many will be avail­able through the Best Olive Oils Marketplace, the online portal where buyers can source the win­ning oils from retail­ers and dis­trib­u­tors who stock them.