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Lot22 Wins Two NYIOOC Awards After Tough Harvest

a month agoBy OOT Staff

Lot22 Olive Oil from the United States has won two awards at the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

We always feel honored to be recognized for our efforts and appreciate the light it shines on our industry.

Zach Thorp, CEO

The southern California producer earned a Gold Award for a medium Arbequina and a Silver Award for a delicate Koroneiki. Lot22 previously earned two Gold Awards in 2020.

"We always feel honored to be recognized for our efforts and appreciate the light it shines on our industry," said Zach Thorp, the company's chief executive.

In the 2021/22 crop year, the company produced 1,900 liters of extra virgin olive oil using traditional methods.

Despite another successful season, Thorp said that olive farming is becoming increasingly difficult in southern California.

"Growing olives has always been a challenge, but in recent years the challenge has grown significantly," he said.

"From unpredictable climates to water shortages, each step in the growing process has become less of a seasonal focus and more fingers crossed moments as external factors continue to be the major concern for olive production," Thorp 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.

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