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World’s Best Olive Oils for 2020 Unveiled

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition has released its annual listing of award winners, widely considered the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

May. 15, 2020
By Olive Oil Times Staff

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The eighth edi­tion of the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Com­pe­ti­tion has com­pleted its week-long reveal of this year’s best extra vir­gin olive oils.

The one-by-one unveil­ing ran from Mon­day until today when the last of the contest’s 584 win­ning brands went pub­lic via an inter­ac­tive online pre­sen­ta­tion at 10:45 AM (EST).

The Offi­cial Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils was viewed more than 475,000 times this week by pro­duc­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, retail­ers, food indus­try pro­fes­sion­als, inter­na­tional press, and the gen­eral pub­lic, orga­niz­ers reported.

News of the win­ners has been syn­di­cat­ing world­wide and hun­dreds of arti­cles on the win­ners were being shared through the NYIOOC’s feed of dis­patches from Olive Oil Times writ­ers and edi­tors.

The new Retail Finder on the Index pin­pointed the phys­i­cal places the win­ning brands can be found through­out the world, and the Best Olive Oils Mar­ket­place already began pop­u­lat­ing with the awarded oils directly from the pro­duc­ers and their dis­trib­u­tors.

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Win­ning pro­duc­ers and enthu­si­asts shared their ela­tion through a steady social media buzz that rip­pled around the world and intro­duced ever more onlook­ers to the impor­tance and value of high-qual­ity olive oils.

A food-pair­ing appli­ca­tion that uses an algo­rithm devel­oped by the NYIOOC and Olive Oil Times sug­gested award-win­ning oils to match with pop­u­lar dishes, as more peo­ple than ever explored the detailed infor­ma­tion on regions, cul­ti­vars, tast­ing terms, pro­duc­ers and their sto­ries.

But behind the scenes and front-end tools, this NYIOOC has been quite dif­fer­ent from past edi­tions.

In March, when the nor­mal ways of life and busi­ness were dis­rupted by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, orga­niz­ers of the com­pe­ti­tion designed an inno­v­a­tive remote-judg­ing sys­tem that allowed the analy­ses to take place in the homes and offices of the inter­na­tional panel of 17 expert tasters.

Cur­tis Cord, the pres­i­dent of the NYIOOC and edi­tor-in-chief of Olive Oil Times said today he was extremely sat­is­fied” with the results.

I couldn’t be more pleased with our judg­ing and tech­ni­cal teams who have shown yet again extra­or­di­nary ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism at the high­est stan­dards for which the NYIOOC is known and olive oil pro­duc­ers deserve.” Cord said.

Cord has long stated that the aim of the indus­try’s pre­mier annual event was not only to cel­e­brate the year’s award win­ners but to rec­og­nize the value all pro­duc­ers pro­vide and edu­cate the pub­lic on mat­ters of olive oil qual­ity.

The 2020 edi­tion has made great strides in our mis­sion to edu­cate peo­ple every­where on the value of high-qual­ity extra vir­gin olive oils,” Cord said, and the heroic efforts by all who are ded­i­cated to craft­ing them.”


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