The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition began unveiling the 2020 winners today through an interactive presentation on its official results website.
The reveal began at 9:00 AM, New York time, and will continue until noon today and each day this week, organizers said.
Producers, distributors, retailers, chefs and food industry professionals watch the list of winners, which is widely seen as the authoritative guide to the year’s high-quality olive oils.
Olive Oil Times journalists in every region began contacting winning producers who somehow managed to craft products of such excellence in a year marked by challenges at every turn.
There were 881 entries registered in this eighth edition of the NYIOOC before the coronavirus brought the world to a standstill. In early March, the NYIOOC announced it had developed a plan to judge remotely amid the lockdown.
Curtis Cord, the NYIOOC founder and president said today he was “extremely satisfied” with the results of the competition and the work of his 17-member panel of experts.
“Our data analysis, cross-checking and controls have shown that the remote-judging system we designed and the professionalism and dedication of our expert judges have met and exceeded our high standards,” said Cord.
The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, held each spring, is the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest.
The complete results are presented on the Official Guide to the World’s Best Olive Oils in a new design that debuted today that includes a retail locator that helps everyone find an award-winning oil nearby.
Winning brands can also be found on the Best Olive Oils Marketplace, an e‑commerce platform where NYIOOC winners are offered directly from producers and their distributors.