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Largest Field Yet for Olive Oil Literary Prize

Mar. 4, 2020
Ylenia Granitto

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Roughly 100 par­tic­i­pat­ing authors gath­ered in Rome for the fourth edi­tion of the Ranieri Filo della Torre lit­er­ary prize, more than dou­ble the atten­dance of the pre­vi­ous year.

The extra vir­gin olive oil lit­er­ary com­pe­ti­tion, which is pro­moted by the Ital­ian asso­ci­a­tion of women pro­fes­sion­als in the olive oil sec­tor, Pan­dolea, was open to authors of poems, short sto­ries and sci­en­tific papers.

It was a great day which marked the begin­ning of a new excit­ing adven­ture.- Lori­ana Abbruzzetti, pres­i­dent of. Pan­dolea

Both under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents sub­mit­ted work inspired by and cel­e­brat­ing the mem­ory of Filo della Torre, who was pas­sion­ate about art and cul­ture and whose ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion have con­tributed to the enhance­ment of Ital­ian olive grow­ing.

The event and the related projects aim to under­line the strong link between olive oil and cul­ture, pro­mot­ing knowl­edge and devel­op­ment, which are core beliefs of Pan­dolea.

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Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, which took place at the Ital­ian Agri­cul­tural Con­fed­er­a­tion head­quar­ters in Rome, awards were handed out to the win­ners of the lit­er­ary and sci­en­tific sec­tions, while some of the works were read aloud.


Attended by sev­eral promi­nent fig­ures in the indus­try, the cer­e­mony also served as the occa­sion to launch the Mediter­ranean Olive Oil Women’s Net­work, which had been announced the pre­vi­ous year.

Ranieri Filo della Torre Literary Prize winners

The project – a result of the col­lab­o­ra­tion between Greek and Ital­ian agri­cul­tural offi­cials – was made offi­cial with the sign­ing a pro­to­col of under­stand­ing between Lori­ana Abbruzzetti, pres­i­dent of Pan­dolea, and Gior­gios Papanas­ta­sious, the mayor of Agrinio, Greece, in the pres­ence of a Greek del­e­ga­tion.

It was a great day which marked the begin­ning of a new excit­ing adven­ture,” Abbruzzetti told Olive Oil Times. The Mediter­ranean Olive Oil Women’s Net­work, which is sup­ported by the Inter­na­tional Olive Coun­cil, was cre­ated with the aim to pro­mote female entre­pre­neur­ship and the cul­ture of high qual­ity.”

The intent is to cre­ate syn­ergy between dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions and gov­ern­ments, with the aim of pro­mot­ing women in olive oil and food edu­ca­tion among chil­dren, in par­tic­u­lar regard­ing the Mediter­ranean diet and the healthy char­ac­ter­is­tics of extra vir­gin olive oil.

The net­work is open to women, asso­ci­a­tions, and insti­tu­tions which share our goals,” Abbruzzetti said.

The win­ners of the Ranieri Filo della Torre inter­na­tional lit­er­ary prize are:

Sci­ence: Doc­toral the­sis: Elisa Pan­nucci, Novel appli­ca­tions of plant-derived polyphe­no­lic com­pounds.”

Mas­ter’s the­sis: Giu­lia Vic­ario, Near UV-Vis and NMR spec­tro­scopic analy­sis of Tus­can extra-vir­gin olive oils.”

Bach­e­lor’s the­sis: Mad­dalena Lo Gatto, Qualitative/quantitative analy­sis of Hydrox­y­ty­rosol Oleate in oil matri­ces” and Irene Raggi, Rapid eval­u­a­tion of extra vir­gin olive oil using PTR-ToF-MS tech­nol­ogy: the case of the munic­i­pal­ity of Calen­zano.”

Poetry: Bruno Fioren­tini, L’Olivo” (The olive tree).

Fic­tion: Anto­nio Moresi, Olio e vita” (Oil and life).

Entries for the fifth edi­tion of the Ranieri Filo della Torre com­pe­ti­tion will open in May.

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