'EVO International' Contest Bestows Record Number of Awards in Italy

Italian and Spanish producers were among the big winners at the EVO International Olive Oil Contest.
Antonio G. Lauro and Stefania Reggio host the award ceremony
Jul. 6, 2020
Ylenia Granitto

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A record num­ber of prizes were handed out at the 2020 EVO International Olive Oil Contest (EVO-IOOC), which con­cluded with an award pre­sen­ta­tion in Palmi.

The orga­niz­ers chose to hold the event in the main square of the Calabrian town in order to com­ply with local safety reg­u­la­tions, which were put in place to pre­vent the spread of Covid-19.

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This edi­tion of EVO-IOOC was def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent from the pre­vi­ous ones, more demand­ing, but in many ways very grat­i­fy­ing,” the pres­i­dent of the com­pe­ti­tion, Antonio G Lauro, told Olive Oil Times. The com­plex prepa­ra­tion of the event was paid back by the sup­port and encour­age­ment of the pro­duc­ers who joined our qual­ity project.”

Over the course of the com­pe­ti­tion, 449 dif­fer­ent extra vir­gin olive oils, includ­ing 42 fla­vored oils, were sam­pled by the team of 25 judges, all of whom par­tic­i­pated from their home coun­tries. The results were live streamed from a mobile record­ing stu­dio.

In an uncer­tain world sce­nario that we could have never imag­ined, pro­duc­ers faced new dif­fi­cul­ties and chal­lenges and yet cre­ated new ways to pro­mote and dis­trib­ute their excel­lent [prod­ucts],” Lauro said. It is also for this rea­son that we have not stopped the com­pe­ti­tion and man­aged to bet­ter adapt it to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.”

Among the var­i­ous win­ners, selected by cat­e­gory and hemi­sphere, three Italian and two Spanish com­pa­nies received best in class awards for the Northern Hemisphere.

Brazilian pro­duc­ers earned three best in class awards. A Greek pro­ducer was awarded for the best inter­na­tional fla­vored extra vir­gin olive oil.

These recog­ni­tions reward us for the work done and are con­fir­ma­tion of our com­mit­ment to qual­ity over the years,” said Franco Scisci, who received two gold medals and a prize for the best inter­na­tional organic in the North Hemisphere.

Despite the dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, over the last months we have been able to con­tinue our nor­mal work in the olive grove,” the Apulian farmer said. Also, we have seen a grow­ing inter­est among con­sumers, and this sug­gests that habits are still chang­ing and more atten­tion is given to qual­ity prod­ucts.”

The com­plete list of win­ners can be found on the EVO-IOOC web­site.


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