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Tunisians Win Gold at Swiss Food Competition

Oct. 1, 2013
Mahdi Fendri

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As a part of the High Business School of Sfax ini­tia­tive, six Tunisian olive oil pro­duc­ers have par­tic­i­pated in the 5th Swiss Local Food Competition, which com­bines around 1,000 prod­ucts and is vis­ited by more than 15,000 peo­ple. Tunisia won three medals in the con­test; a gold, sil­ver and bronze. The gold was won by Huilerie Moderne de Tunisie and its owner, Slim Fendri.

This par­tic­i­pa­tion — the first of its kind among Tunisian olive oil pro­duc­ers — was a com­po­nent of an ongo­ing project called Promotion of Tunisian Olive Oil” between the High Business School of Sfax and Swiss High Management School of Neuchâtel. The coop­er­a­tion pro­gram is based on a part­ner­ship between the lead­ing research insti­tu­tions in each coun­try and pro­fes­sion­als belong­ing to the olive oil sector.

Olive oil pro­duc­tion is one of the core activ­i­ties of the Tunisian food indus­try, and it reaches a large num­ber of stake­hold­ers at all lev­els. By sup­port­ing this par­tic­i­pa­tion, we aim at giv­ing more vis­i­bil­ity to the Tunisian olive oil at the inter­na­tional level. Our inno­v­a­tive coop­er­a­tion pro­gram is based on the part­ner­ship between aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions and pro­duc­ers to pro­vide mar­ket­ing assis­tance,” said Dr. Rahma Khlif, the project coordinator.

We work closely with The Tunisian High Business School of Sfax on the olive oil sec­tor. This coop­er­a­tion seems to be prof­itable to our part­ners in the pri­vate sec­tor. The par­tic­i­pa­tion of Tunisian olive oil pro­duc­ers in the Swiss Local Food Competition and their suc­cess could be con­sid­ered as an impor­tant step in mak­ing this prod­uct well-known and more acces­si­ble in the Swiss mar­ket,” said Dr. Lamia Ben Hmida from Swiss High Management School of Neuchâtel.

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