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Azeite Batalha Wins Gold at World Competition

a year agoBy OOT Staff

Brazilian producer Azeite Batalha has won two Gold Awards at the 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

It is immensely gratifying to receive the awards at one of the biggest events in the industry. It shows that all the work performed was done in the best possible way and these Gold Awards encourage us to work harder every day to promote our brand worldwide.

Luiz Eduardo Batalha, owner

In the 2020/21 crop year, the company produced 95 tons of extra virgin olive oil in Rio Grande do Sul from Koroneiki, Picual and Coratina olives using traditional methods. Azeite Batalha earned the Gold Awards for two of its medium blends: Intenso and Black.

"It is immensely gratifying to receive the awards at one of the biggest events in the industry," owner Luiz Eduardo Batalha said. "It shows that all the work performed was done in the best possible way and these Gold Awards encourage us to work harder every day to promote our brand worldwide."

The producer behind Azeite Batalha said that 2021 had been a unique harvest. The combination of a record olive yield and Covid-19 restrictions created new challenges for Batalha and his team to overcome.

"The 2021 harvest was challenging for us, initially because it was a super harvest, in which we processed 810 tons of olives, a milestone for national production and with excellent quality fruit," he said. "In addition, we are going through a unique moment, the pandemic, which we had to pay extra attention to with the entire team."

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, held each spring in New York, is the world's largest and most prestigious olive oil contest. Its annual listing of award winners is considered the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

The complete list of winners can be viewed on the Official Index of the World's Best Olive Oils.

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