A Record-Breaking Year for Producers in Turkey

With a triumphant showing, Turkish producers are again raising the bar at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition in a record-breaking year for the country’s olive oil sector in all aspects.

The country enjoyed an unprecedented production of 380,000 tons of olive oil, far exceeding the previous record yield of 263,000 tons in 2017/18.

Turkish producers combined to win 74 of the industry’s most coveted awards (54 Gold and 20 Silver) from 107 entries at the 2023 NYIOOC, far exceeding their record haul of 65 awards in the previous edition of the competition.

According to Mustafa Tan, the Turkish national olive and olive oil council board chairman, the systematic expansion of olive cultivation in Turkey is foundational to reaching new heights.

An admirable tally of four Gold Awards made returning entrant Nova Vera a big winner among Turkish producers at the 2023 NYIOOC.

Nova Vera is based in the small village of Ayvalik on the coast of the Aegean Sea and specializes in producing olive oil from rare local varieties. The company received two Gold Awards for its Novavera Memecik and Ayvalik medium monovarietals.

Another awarded Turkish producer, Eminen’s Olive Oil from the Milas province, shined at the 2023 NYIOOC, earning two Gold Awards in its first participation in the competition.

Even though Eminen’s Olive Oil only broke into the country’s olive oil industry in 2020, the company aimed high from the start, giving prominence to indigenous olive varieties.