Ilias and Sons Awarded for Outstanding Koroneiki
Greek producers and Canadian importers Ilias and Sons have won a Silver Award at the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.
Being in the business for five generations and more than 300 years and having these newfound successes are the reasons we strive for the best.Ilias Giannakos, owner
The family earned its second-consecutive NYIOOC accolade with its 7Thirty Organic brand, a medium Koroneiki.
"This is our second win at NYIOOC and I'm really proud of all the hard work our teams and partners put in every day to make our products a success," owner Ilias Giannakos said.
"Being in the business for five generations and more than 300 years and having these newfound successes are the reasons we strive for the best," he added.
In the 2021/22 crop year, the company produced 2,000 liters of extra virgin olive oil from their groves in Lakonia using traditional methods.
Giannakos said the previous season came with its challenges, as all harvests do. He attributed the company's success to its growing partners in Greece
"Every year marks new milestones and challenges with olive oil farming and production," Giannakos said.
"We work with our community in Vasilaki, Greece, and our surrounding area of Laconia," he added. "We have the best partners and this is a testament to why we continue to thrive when challenged with climate, supply chain and pandemic issues."
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.