Win Caps Off Excellent Harvest for Kallas Natural Products
Our father, the founder of this company, is not here with us anymore but we know that our hard work and persistence makes him proud. Our goal is to always fight for the best.Stavros Kallas, owner
Based on the island of Rhodes, the Greek company produced 5,000 liters of extra virgin olive oil in the 2021/22 crop year using traditional methods and earned the award for their delicate Koroneiki.
"Everyone here at Kallas Natural Products feels specifically proud of our accomplishment. No matter what the circumstances, we want to continue our legacy," owner Stavros Kallas said.
"Our father, the founder of this company, is not here with us anymore but we know that our hard work and persistence make him proud," he told Olive Oil Times. "Our goal is to always fight for the best."
Kallas Natural Products' award at the world's most prestigious olive oil quality competition caps off a successful harvest season for the producers.
"This year's harvest in Greece was considered one of the successful ones," Kallas said. "Almost everything went smoothly."
However, he believes a changing climate will complicate future harvests and is already preparing for that eventuality.
"Due to the climate crisis, we had to rethink our habits and techniques," Kallas said. "We had to provide more water to our trees. Here on the sunkissed island of Rhodes, the weather was relatively good, without sudden changes."
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 Guide to the World's Best Olive Oils.