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Fifth Olivinus Olive Oil Competition Coming to Mendoza

Jul. 26, 2011
Charlie Higgins

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Judges and par­tic­i­pants are get­ting geared up for the fifth annual Olivinus International Olive Oil Competition. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion, which will be held the end of August at the Hotel Internacional in Mendoza, Argentina, will fea­ture the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 21 coun­tries and over 400 extra vir­gin olive oils.

Olive oil pro­duc­ers from Chile, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Colombia, Australia, Japan, Cyprus, Lebanon, Angola, Tunisia, Malta, Turkey, Greece, Argentina and the United States have already sub­mit­ted their entries. Submissions from France, Mexico and sev­eral north­ern African coun­tries are on their way, accord­ing to com­pe­ti­tion orga­niz­ers.

Judges will include agri­cul­tural engi­neers Edgar Cerchiai, Mónica Bauza and Verónica Araniti of Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Tecnology, olive oil spe­cial­ists Enrique Tittarelli, Rosa Chiquini, and olive oil expert and com­pe­ti­tion founder Raul Castellani.

The com­pe­ti­tion wel­comes all dif­fer­ent vari­eties and styles of extra vir­gin olive oils, includ­ing organic, blended and fla­vored oils, from small fam­ily-owned farms to big com­mer­cial pro­duc­ers.

Organizers say the results of the com­pe­ti­tion will be pub­li­cized and dis­trib­uted to more than 4,000 olive oil importers around the world. As the only inter­na­tional olive oil com­pe­ti­tion in Latin America, Olivinus is con­sid­ered an impor­tant olive oil con­test.

Producers in Argentina swept the 2010 olive oil com­pe­ti­tion, pick­ing up 15 top Gran Prestige Gold” Awards.” Mendoza’s very own Almaoliva SA received last year’s top prize. The host coun­try is expected to per­form well again at this year’s con­test.

Submissions will con­tinue to be accepted until August 10.

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