Carroccia Campodimele Awarded in New York for Organic Itrana
We are proud that the quality of our organic olive oil has been recognized with a Gold Award, grateful that our efforts have paid off and overjoyed that the love and passion we put into our products can be tasted even in faraway New York.Orlando Carroccia, co-owner
Based in the capital region of Lazio, the producer earned its first-ever award at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest for an organic medium Itrana.
"We are proud that the quality of our organic olive oil has been recognized with a Gold Award, grateful that our efforts have paid off and overjoyed that the love and passion we put into our products can be tasted even in faraway New York," co-owner Orlando Carroccia said.
"For our small, family-run business, we hope to attract even more international customers in the future," he added.
Carroccia said that despite this year's success, there were plenty of challenges posed by Italy's increasingly hot and dry climate as well as by the tight agricultural labor market.
"A big challenge is to find enough staff at the perfect time," he said. "Up to 40 additional harvesters at short notice are necessary to harvest within one day."
"In addition, it is often still very hot, which is why we are forced to cool our freshly harvested olives until they are pressed at the end of the day in order to preserve their valuable ingredients," Carroccia added.
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 in the Official Guide to the World's Best Olive Oils.