Judging Underway at World's Largest Olive Oil Competition

The judges for the New York International Olive Oil Competition have begun analyzing 827 entries from 25 countries to identify this year's best extra virgin olive oils.

By Olive Oil Times Staff
Jan. 26, 2020 09:39 UTC

Having arrived safely from 10 coun­tries, the judges for the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) — the world’s largest and most pres­ti­gious olive oil qual­ity con­test — began their work this morn­ing to ana­lyze 827 entries and iden­tify this year’s best extra vir­gin olive oils.

It is the most exten­sive tast­ing ever under­taken in one place and orga­niz­ers said they had to turn away nearly 100 more entry appli­ca­tions after reg­is­tra­tion for the NYIOOC closed in early March.

Participation is way up for every region across the board, notably from Italy which sent nearly 200 brands to com­pete for the cov­eted Silver, Gold and Best in Class awards — a strong sign of resur­gence after that coun­try’s dis­as­trous har­vest the year before.

But entries were also up from Greece, Spain, the United States, Australia Chile, Turkey and every region liq­uid gold is pro­duced. Producers have made it clear to us that they view this com­pe­ti­tion as an impor­tant annual event, and we are tak­ing that role very seri­ously,” said Curtis Cord, NYIOOC pres­i­dent, who recently announced the beta launch of a mer­chant plat­form where sell­ers of this year’s win­ners can expand their reach to the grow­ing ranks of buy­ers who seek the best olive oils.

Judging will con­clude Thursday, before a 5:30 press con­fer­ence where the world’s best extra vir­gin olive oils for 2016 will be unveiled before 200 pro­duc­ers, jour­nal­ists and food indus­try pro­fes­sion­als, and broad­cast live around the world at bestoliveoils.org — the offi­cial results web­site of the NYIOOC.

Details of the win­ning oils will also be pre­sented in a Guide to the Year’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils dis­trib­uted to over 20,000 retail­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and food indus­try buy­ers glob­ally, and many will be avail­able through the Best Olive Oils Marketplace set to launch in the com­ing weeks.

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