Judges and participants are getting geared up for the fifth annual Olivinus International Olive Oil Competition. This year’s competition, which will be held the end of August at the Hotel Internacional in Mendoza, Argentina, will feature the participation of 21 countries and over 400 extra virgin olive oils.

Olive oil producers from Chile, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Colombia, Australia, Japan, Cyprus, Lebanon, Angola, Tunisia, Malta, Turkey, Greece, Argentina and the United States have already submitted their entries. Submissions from France, Mexico and several northern African countries are on their way, according to competition organizers.

Judges will include agricultural engineers Edgar Cerchiai, Mónica Bauza and Verónica Araniti of Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Tecnology, olive oil specialists Enrique Tittarelli, Rosa Chiquini, and olive oil expert and competition founder Raul Castellani.

The competition welcomes all different varieties and styles of extra virgin olive oils, including organic, blended and flavored oils, from small family-owned farms to big commercial producers.

Organizers say the results of the competition will be publicized and distributed to more than 4,000 olive oil importers around the world. As the only international olive oil competition in Latin America, Olivinus is considered an important olive oil contest.

Producers in Argentina swept the 2010 olive oil competition, picking up 15 top “Gran Prestige Gold” Awards.” Mendoza’s very own Almaoliva SA received last year’s top prize. The host country is expected to perform well again at this year’s contest.


Submissions will continue to be accepted until August 10.

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