`IOC Presents Mario Solinas Quality Awards

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IOC Presents Mario Solinas Quality Awards

Jun. 13, 2014
Olive Oil Times Staff

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The Inter­na­tional Olive Coun­cil (IOC) recently pre­sented the 14th edi­tion of the Mario Soli­nas Qual­ity Awards for extra vir­gin olive oils.

Named after the late pro­fes­sor Mario Soli­nas of Italy, the awards rec­og­nize extra vir­gin olive oils with the best organolep­tic char­ac­ter­is­tics in four cat­e­gories: intense, medium and mild green fruiti­ness and ripe fruiti­ness. 138 oils com­peted for this year’s awards rep­re­sent­ing 12 coun­tries: Alge­ria (1), Chile (2), Ger­many (1), Greece (6), Iran (2), Israel (1), Italy (2), Por­tu­gal (38), Spain (75), Tunisia (6), Turkey (3) and Uruguay (1).

Pro­duc­ers from Spain and Por­tu­gal swept the first, sec­ond and third prizes in all four cat­e­gories. First prizes went to Finca La Torre of Spain (intense green fruiti­ness); Casa Agrí­cola Roboredo Madeira of Por­tu­gal (medium green fruiti­ness); Sociedade Agrí­cola Vale de Ouro of Por­tu­gal (mild green fruiti­ness); and Hacienda Queiles of Spain (ripe fruiti­ness).

Spain had fared well in pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tions, tak­ing home three first prizes in both 2012 and 2013. In 2013 Span­ish pro­duc­ers took home all but one of the nine awards. Ital­ian pro­duc­ers con­tinue to largely stay away from the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Mario Soli­nas Qual­ity Awards were pre­sented at the 22nd extra­or­di­nary ses­sion of the IOC Coun­cil of Mem­bers in Madrid. Dur­ing his open­ing speech, IOC Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Jean-Louis Bar­jol announced some impor­tant changes regard­ing the com­pe­ti­tion: first, that next year will fea­ture two edi­tions of the Mario Soli­nas awards in order to facil­i­tate par­tic­i­pa­tion from pro­duc­ers in the South­ern Hemi­sphere; and sec­ond, that the next awards cer­e­mony will be held at the Sum­mer Fancy Food Show in New York City in July 2015.

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Below is the com­plete list of win­ners from the IOC.

First prize

Intense green fruiti­ness: Finca La Torre — Finca la Reja, S.L. — Boad­illa (Málaga) — Spain

Medium green fruiti­ness: Casa Agrí­cola Roboredo Madeira, S.A. — CARM — Almen­dra — Por­tu­gal

Mild green fruiti­ness: Sociedade Agrí­cola Vale de Ouro, S.A. — Fer­reira de Alen­tejo — Por­tu­gal

Ripe fruiti­ness: Hacienda Queiles, S.L. — Mon­teagudo (Navarra) — Spain

Sec­ond prize

Intense green fruiti­ness: Aceites Oro Bailén — Gal­gón 99, S.L. — Vil­lanueva de la Reina (Jaén) — Spain

Medium green fruiti­ness: Gallo World­wide — Lis­boa — Por­tu­gal

Mild green fruiti­ness: Elo­sua Por­tu­gal, S.A. — Azam­buja — Por­tu­gal

Ripe fruiti­ness: Olivos Nat­u­rales, S.L. — Madrid — Spain

Third prize

Intense green fruiti­ness: Explota­ciones Mel­gar­ejo, C.B. — Pegala­jar (Jaén) — Spain

Medium green fruiti­ness: S.C.A. Ntra. Sra. de la Fuen­santa de Oleoestepa — Cor­coya (Sevilla) — Spain

Mild green ruiti­ness: Coop­er­a­tiva de Olivicul­tores de Val­paços, C.R.L. — Val­paços — Por­tu­gal


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