The tenth edition of the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition concluded today when the last winner – a Gold Award for Anfitrite, a blend from Puglia, Italy – was unveiled on the Official Guide to the World’s Best Olive Oils.
For six weeks, the results unfolded in real-time as the judges’ findings were verified for more than 1,200 entries from 28 countries.
It was the largest olive oil analysis ever conducted, thanks to a team of 21 expert tasters in eleven countries who adhered to a remote-judging protocol developed by the NYIOOC.
Olive oil producers around the world rejoiced on social networks and through international media outlets upon receiving the industry’s most coveted quality awards.
The Official Guide has been viewed more than one million times since the rollout began in early April, by importers, distributors chefs, food service professionals, journalists and consumers wanting to learn about the awarded brands and the people, places and cultures behind them.
Producers from Italy once again led the way, earning 158 quality awards, followed by Spain. But the dramatic rise of Croatian and Turkish brands to olive oil’s world stage, along with winning entries from China, Lebanon, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina demonstrated a commitment to quality by farmers and producers throughout the world.See Also:Official Guide to the World’s Best Olive Oils 2022
Producers from Croatia, the United States, Turkey, Tunisia, Brazil, South Africa and Israel earned a record-high number of awards by crafting extra virgin olive oils of exceptional quality.
While the 67-percent success rate in this year’s contest gave further support to the upward trend in quality of recent years, the 2021/22 harvest season turned out to be formidable, producers reported, with widespread and persistent drought, labor shortages and countless other challenges posed by climate change and the pandemic.
Still, two out of three of the participating producers, who submitted a record-high 1,246 elite extra virgin oils, were bestowed awards in this instalment of the industry’s largest and most prestigious competition.
“Receiving this award was really important for us,” said Masseria dei Nunzi’s Barbara Bibbò. “It is a way to show our attention and care at each stage and the determination with which we carry out our work. We are immensely proud of it.”
“It is an acknowledgement of our effort and hard work,” said Ante Rupić, a producer from Šibenik, in northern Dalmatia, who earned a Gold Award for an Oblica monovarietal. “It encourages us to continue striving for our oils to be among the best in the world.”
While there were many producers of established brands reasserting their excellence, there were some startups among the award-winners, too.
“We are ecstatic,” said Lucía Gámez, who a Gold Award for the Tropicual Reserva Familiar brand, an organic medium Picual. “My father just retired and I have embraced the responsibility of maintaining our family and cultural heritage, launching our first organic single-estate extra virgin olive oil. The torch has been passed and this award is a wonderful beginning.”
By releasing the results in real-time throughout the judging period, producers were able to share their distinctions earlier in their annual campaign to move products through the marketplace. “The NYIOOC has a big impact and important meaning with respect to the marketing in Japan,” said Toyohiro Takao, who earned a Gold Award for Takao Nouen. “This encourages me to continue to produce the best olives and participate every year.”
The complete results of the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition are now available on the Official Guide to the World’s Best Olive Oils.
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