`Italian Producers Lead the Way at Fourth EVO IOOC

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Italian Producers Lead the Way at Fourth EVO IOOC

Jun. 10, 2019
Ylenia Granitto

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The fourth edi­tion of the EVO Inter­na­tional Olive Oil Con­test (EVO-IOOC) con­cluded with an award cer­e­mony held on June 1 in the City Coun­cil Hall of Palmi, a land­mark of the Vio­let Coast, in Cal­abria.

The resort, located in the south­ern end of the Tyrrhen­ian shore­line, was the beau­ti­ful back­drop to the com­pe­ti­tion that cel­e­brates some of the world’s best extra vir­gin olive oils and fla­vored olive oils.

It is a great sat­is­fac­tion to have obtained such recog­ni­tion after a com­pli­cated cam­paign. This award is the results of con­sid­er­able efforts by all of us.- Mar­cello Palumbo, of the Solo­lio coop­er­a­tive

The EVO-IOOC 2019 has been a real chal­lenge, which was even­tu­ally won by pro­duc­ers deter­mined to achieve the high­est qual­ity in spite of every­thing,” Anto­nio G. Lauro, the pres­i­dent of com­pe­ti­tion and native of the Vio­let Coast, said. An excel­lent qual­ity has com­pen­sated the decline in pro­duc­tion suf­fered by coun­tries like Italy, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, and Brazil.”

Antonio G Lauro and Stefania Reggio award Tony Gualtieri of Oleavanti, Lebanon

Lauro added that it was an extremely dif­fi­cult year, that put a strain on many farms, turned out to be excel­lent in terms of qual­ity, as shown by the prizes awarded in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

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The final event of the con­test was opened by the gen­eral man­ager Ste­fa­nia Reg­gio, who revealed the fig­ures of this edi­tion, which received 431 entries from 17 coun­tries. Italy won the most prizes with 121 medals, includ­ing three Best in Class awards, fol­lowed by Greece, with 50 medals and Spain, with 39. Por­tu­gal earned 20 medals, fol­lowed by Turkey, with 19, Argentina and Brazil, both won 12 and 11 medals, respec­tively.


Among the award-win­ning pro­duc­ers, Con­suelo Garzo, who man­age the Dol­citerre farm in Sem­i­nara, Cal­abria, with her sis­ters Alessia and Maria Rosa, pointed out that these awards come at the end of a chal­leng­ing sea­son as a recog­ni­tion of a strong com­mit­ment.”

With their Otto­brat­ica they earned the Gae­tano Aval­lone spe­cial award for the Best Ital­ian Mono­va­ri­etal.

Our olive grove is com­posed of 80 per­cent sec­u­lar plants of this autochtho­nous cul­ti­var,” she said, after receiv­ing the prize along with other recog­ni­tions for their Rosì’ and Olio di Cal­abria PGI.

It is even more excit­ing to cel­e­brate the qual­ity of our extra vir­gin olive oils here in our land,” she added.

Over­all, 259 mono­va­ri­etals in the com­pe­ti­tion accounted for 64 per­cent of sam­ples, rep­re­sent­ing 150 dif­fer­ent cul­ti­vars, while prod­ucts with des­ig­na­tions of geo­graph­i­cal ori­gin were 20 per­cent of entries.

The high qual­ity of the extra vir­gin olive oils required four days of intense work car­ried out by an inter­na­tional panel com­posed by Aida Lazzez (Tunisia), Birsen Can Pehli­van (Turkey), Ehud Sori­ano (Israel), Cristina Strib­acu, Eleft­he­ria Ger­manaki and Kostas Liris (Greece), Miciyo Yamada, Hiromi Naka­mura and Nori Ogido (Japan), Na Xie (China), Javier Sànchez Pedròs, Juan Baseda Tor­ruella and M Ánge­les Calvo Fan­dos (Spain), Fran­cisco Ataíde Pavão (Por­tu­gal), Carmelo Orlando, Roberto March­esini, Rosario Franco and Indra Galbo (Italy).

It is a great sat­is­fac­tion to have obtained such recog­ni­tion after a com­pli­cated cam­paign,” Mar­cello Palumbo, who is in charge of pro­duc­tion at the Solo­lio coop­er­a­tive in Ostuni, Puglia, said. Our Delia Audace is a blend of Fran­toio, Coratina, and Cas­sanese pro­duced from the olive trees man­aged by my wife, Mimma, and her sis­ters, Dina and Carmela Bruno.”

This award is the results of con­sid­er­able efforts by all of us,” he added.

Gold Medals went also to the lemon and orange fla­vored olive oils pro­duced in Greece by Peter Liokar­eas.

It was a great recog­ni­tion for our com­pany,” he said after receiv­ing awards includ­ing a Gold Medal and a Sil­ver Medal for Wild,’ a blend of wild olives and Koroneiki and Early Har­vest,’ a Koroneiki mono­va­ri­etal.

I live in the U.S. and fre­quently travel to Greece to man­age our olive trees, which are taken care of by my fam­ily,” he added, intro­duc­ing his cousin Fotios, who had just arrived from Pelo­pon­nese. This year the humid cli­mate favored out­break of pests such as the olive fruit fly and we lost part of pro­duc­tion, but we worked very hard to try to do the best with the fruits that we have saved and, these awards, received at the end of such a hard sea­son are even more spe­cial for us.”

The com­plete list of win­ners is avail­able on the com­pe­ti­tion web­site.

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