Award-Winning Producer Elected to Lead New Association in Croatia

Ivica Vlatković is the first president of the Association of Olive Growers of Zadar County. Their goal is to produce, brand and sell high-quality olive oils.
Participants in the founding of the Association of Olive Growers of Zadar County.
Aug. 17, 2021
Nedjeljko Jusup

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The Association of Olive Growers of Zadar County has become the first of its kind in the south­ern Croatian region of Dalmatia.

The new asso­ci­a­tion of grow­ers was founded within the Center for Creative Activities in Zadar and has elected Ivica Vlatković as its first pres­i­dent. Zadar is located in north­ern Dalmatia and includes the wild mil­len­nial olive trees on the island of Pag.

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Vlatković is a well-known pro­ducer from the munic­i­pal­ity of Novigrad and earned two Gold Awards at the 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

From now on, it will be much eas­ier to com­mu­ni­cate and coop­er­ate on the improve­ment of olive grow­ing and pro­cess­ing, stor­age and brand­ing of increas­ingly high-qual­ity oils from the area of the county, said Daniel Segarić, head of agri­cul­ture in Zadar County.

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Ivica Vlatković and Daniel Segaric

Vlatković invited all olive grow­ers who care about the devel­op­ment of olive grow­ing and oil pro­duc­tion to join the asso­ci­a­tion.

The goal is to pro­duce, brand and sell qual­ity extra vir­gin olive oils at appro­pri­ate prices so that not only olive grow­ers but also con­sumers ben­e­fit, he said.

According to the lat­est data, Zadar com­prises 2,580 hectares of olive groves spread across 3,500 farms. Thirty-eight mills oper­ate in the county and process about 800,000 liters of olive oil each year.

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There are also 43 cer­ti­fied apprais­ers of olive oil, accord­ing to Segarić, who also con­grat­u­lated Vlatković at the found­ing cer­e­mony of the asso­ci­a­tion.

He fur­ther applauded the 10 Gold and two Silver Awards earned by Zadar pro­duc­ers at 2021 NYIOOC. Overall, Croatian pro­duc­ers com­bined to earn a record-high 67 Gold and 20 Silver Awards at the com­pe­ti­tion.

Along with Vlatković, the young olive grower Josip Pavlica was named as the organization’s sec­re­tary. Dražen Travica was cho­sen to be the pres­i­dent of the Board of Directors. Šime Marcelić, Josip Kulaš, Željko Vrsaljko, Damir Vicković, Zlatko Strpić and Marinko Mikić were also elected to the exec­u­tive board of the asso­ci­a­tion.


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