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Officials Congratulate Regional NYIOOC Winners at Ceremony in Split

By Nedjeljko Jusup
Oct. 13, 2022 14:09 UTC

With the start of this year’s olive har­vest in Split, the largest city in Dalmatia and the sec­ond largest in Croatia after Zagreb, a cer­e­mony was held to honor local win­ners of the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

Blaženko Boban, the pre­fect of Split-Dalmatia County, and Anđelko Katavić, head of econ­omy and agri­cul­ture, wel­comed the award-win­ning grow­ers and millers to the local capi­tol.

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Croatians earned a com­bined 96 awards at the 2022 edi­tion of the world’s largest olive oil qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion. Producers from Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia’s most sig­nif­i­cant olive-grow­ing sub­re­gion, earned 10 Gold Awards and seven Silver Awards.


Anđelko Katavić, head of economy and agriculture (left), Blaženko Boban, the prefect of Split-Dalmatia County and Ivica Ljubenkov, president of the Association of Olive Growers and Oil Producers of Croatia

The suc­cess of our olive grow­ers brings us together, not only in Split-Dalmatia County but also in the local com­mu­ni­ties from which the olive grow­ers come and in Croatia,” Boban said.

We can’t take a big step for­ward right away, but we can take a lot of small steps, such as orga­niz­ing organic olive cul­ti­va­tion through co-financ­ing the ship­ment of sam­ples to future com­pe­ti­tions,” he added.

Ivica Ljubenkov, pres­i­dent of the Association of Olive Growers and Oil Producers of Croatia, expressed his sat­is­fac­tion with the recep­tion and the meet­ing.


We reached con­crete con­clu­sions and agreed on future actions and fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” Ljubenkov said. He also praised the suc­cess of all Croatian pro­duc­ers at the NYIOOC.

In 2022, the com­pe­ti­tion received 1,244 sam­ples from 28 coun­tries. Croatian extra vir­gin olive oils earned the third-high­est award tally behind Italy and Spain.

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Split-Dalmatia County is home to 2 mil­lion olive trees, about 40 per­cent of the coun­try’s total. The island of Brač alone hosts about 1 mil­lion of them.


Officials congratulated the regions award-winning producers in the capital.

The county stretches about 120 kilo­me­ters from end to end and includes the islands of Drvenik, Čiovo, Brač, Hvar and Šolta. Oblica is the main vari­ety, fol­lowed by Drobinka, Levantika, Lastovka and Sitnica.

Despite the drought and scorch­ing sum­mer tem­per­a­tures, which reached an aver­age of 40 ºC, the har­vest is expected to be solid this year.

The first autumn rains across Croatia improved the devel­op­ment of the fruits and increased the amount of oil in them. Furthermore, there were no pests or dis­eases, and many pro­duc­ers expect high-qual­ity yields.


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