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The ESAO Guide of the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOOs) of the World belongs to the Olive Oil School of Spain’s program aiming at improving the quality and promotion of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is being developed by ESAO, the Olive Oil School of Spain.
The main purpose of this publication is to create a useful, simple and handy guide where the best EVOOs awarded in the three most important competitions will be compiled. The ESAO Guide is the first guide that compiles Extra Virgin Olive Oils awarded in the most well-known competitions.
Through both ESAO website and Online Campus, we develop educational initiatives, inform and promote the culture of Extra Virgin Olive Oils. We want people to comprehend the culture around olive oil, very rooted and valued in the Mediterranean diet.
This guide is mostly designed for dealers, retailers and final consumers. Our executive director, Marta González, has argued that the ESAO Guide ¨is a tool that retailers and dealers from all over the world have been asking for. Since most of our international alumni are either retailers or dealers, and we are in constant contact with them, we know this guide was much desired¨.
We reaffirm that the ESAO Guide compiles the results from the three most important competitions in the olive oil sector. Moreover, the ESAO Guide includes a section named ESAO STAR. This award is given to those olive oils that obtain an award in the first three positions at least in two of the three competitions previously mentioned.
A first option is to repeat in the first three positions or the first 5 finalists, for two consecutive years in the ESAO Awards of Olive Oil School of Spain. The category that will be evaluated will be exclusively that of Best International EVOO.
A second option is to repeat in one of the first three positions or first 5 finalists in the same campaign and in more than one of the three reference contests in the ESAO Guide, these are:
- EVOOs awarded by the Mario Solinas Award from the International Olive Council
Mario Solinas Awards
- Award-winning olive oils in the Alimentos de España Award organized by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture
Spanish Ministry of Agriculture
- as well as the winners and finalists at the ESAO Awards. (The category that will be valued in this contest will be exclusively Best International EVOO)
For this reason, the ESAO guide of the best Extra Virgin Olive Oils of the world includes the best olive oil companies, and is an updated and reliable source.
The guide is a starting point for improving the distribution and marketing channels of the best Extra Virgin Olive Oils. It is also considered a basic tool for professionals in the sector to promote their product and to raise awareness among final consumers.
Finally, we also want to recognize the labor of producers, cooperatives and marketers, that elaborate premium quality olive oils. They are the main characters of this guide, because this would have not been possible without their work.