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13 Olive Oils From Latin America Awarded at NYIOOC

Apr. 21, 2014
Charlie Higgins

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Spain and Italy may have dom­i­nated this year’s New York International Olive Oil Competition, but some new­com­ers as well as stal­warts from Uruguay, Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina showed they have what it takes to com­pete on the world stage.

One of the big sur­prises this year was the suc­cess of some out­stand­ing pro­duc­ers from Mexico and Peru, coun­tries that are gen­er­ally less known for olive oil than oth­ers in the region like Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

Peru boasted an excep­tion­ally high suc­cess rate of 75 per­cent with three out of its four sub­mis­sions receiv­ing awards, includ­ing two in the Best in Class” cat­e­gory. Oliperu SAC won both of them, with their Del Prado (South Hemisphere Organic Blend Medium) and Zumaq Organic (South Hemisphere Organic Monovarietal Robust). Oasis Olives received a Silver Award in the South Hemisphere Non-organic Blend Robust cat­e­gory.

Mexico had a strong show­ing with three Gold Awards given to its own Bodegas De Santo Tomìás. The win­ning olive oils were Mision (North Hemisphere Non-organic Monovarietal Robust), Manzanilla (North Hemisphere Non-organic Monovarietal Medium) and Ascolano (North Hemisphere Non-organic Monovarietal Robust).

Three dif­fer­ent Uruguayan olive oil pro­duc­ers took home awards this year. With a total of four awards, the small coun­try increas­ingly rec­og­nized for its high qual­ity oils won more prizes than any coun­try in Latin America. Both the Olivares de Rocha blend and picual by Nuevo Manantial Sa La Loma Alta won Gold Awards, while Colinas De Garzón – Trivarietal (Agroland S.A.) and O’ 33 Jose Ignacio received Silver Awards.

Of Chile’s 19 entries in the con­test, just two received NYIOOC recog­ni­tion this year, giv­ing the coun­try the low­est rate of suc­cess among coun­tries that received at least one award. 8 Olivos Blend by Agricola Y Forestal Don Rafael Limitada earned a Best in Class” dis­tinc­tion (South Hemisphere Non-organic Blend Medium) and Deleyda by Olivos Ruta Del Sol S.A. was awarded the Silver in the South Hemisphere Non-organic Blend Robust cat­e­gory.

Argentina was rep­re­sented by just one olive oil this year, Miditerra Grand by Miditerra S.A., which received a Gold Award in the cat­e­gory South Hemisphere Non-organic Blend Robust.

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