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Elaikos Wins Gold at World Competition

8 months agoBy Daniel Dawson

Greek producer Elaikos has won a Gold Award at the 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

I feel very happy. Winning prizes in prestigious international competitions, such as the top international competition in New York, is a necessary 'passport' for us small and unknown producers of quality olive oil.

Christos Roumeliotis, CEO

In the 2020/21 crop year, the company produced 6,000 liters of extra virgin olive oil in East Macedonia and Thrace from a blend of olives using traditional methods. Elaikos earned the Gold Award for its medium blend.

"I feel very happy," Christos Roumeliotis, the company's CEO, said. "Winning prizes in prestigious international competitions, such as the top international competition in New York, is a necessary 'passport' for us small and unknown producers of quality olive oil."

The producers behind Elaikos were especially pleased with the award this year after overcoming a challenging harvest and Covid-19 restrictions.

"Due to pandemic, it was difficult for us to move, as well as to find workers to help us, but our production was very good and the result satisfied us," Roumeliotis said. "Poor information and knowledge is a problem. Essential information doesn’t reach small farmers. This would help us to deal with olive diseases effectively."

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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