June 10, 2002
and her Olive
Oil, has received yet
another significant honor. At the International Competition of
the MARIO SOLINAS Quality Award for extra
virgin olive oils that was organized by the International Olive
Oil Council, SITIA extra virgin olive oil of the Union of the
Agricultural Cooperatives of Sitia took first place
proving the qualitative superiority of Sitian, and generally of
Greek, olive oil.
This is the second year that the MARIO
SOLINAS Quality Award competition is being held. An official
competition, whose aim is to improve the position of olive oils
that have the finest organoleptic characteristics and to help
consumers make their selections with qualitative criteria.
It is worth noting that at this
competition, during which a multitude of participants from
almost all the oil-producing countries of the world took part
(Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal and Egypt just to name a
few), the Union of the Agricultural Cooperatives of Sitia, for
the second year running, won first prize in the category of
extra virgin olive oil with a fruity taste.
The prize was awarded during an official
ceremony on June 5, 2002 in Madrid at the 86th Session of the
International Olive Oil Council.
This award, and the fact that
won it in two consecutive years, constitutes a
milestone not only for the producers of the Union of the
Agricultural Cooperatives of Sitia but for all Greek olive
cultivators, since our country produces, almost exclusively,
fine quality olive oil, in other words extra virgin olive oil at
a percentage that amounts to more than 85%-90% than any other