Australian International Olive Awards 2023
Medal Winners Announced (via email to winners): Monday 9th October 2023
Key Award Winners Announced: Friday 27th October 2023, Canberra, ACT.
WINNING IS MARKETING GOLD
“Competitions like the AIOA are very important to growers and the industry. I think at the end of the day everyone deserves a pat on the back for all the hard work they put into this relatively new industry in Australia.” Guy Ward, Arkstone Olives, 2022 AIOA Best of Show EVOO (Boutique Volume)
“I work so hard and it’s just wonderful to get something for all the hard work. I put my heart and soul into it, and I think it’s paid off with this award…and it’s expensive to make, so the boost in sales is such a bonus. Instead of three bottles, now people will ask for 12 – when it’s won Best in Show, it makes a great present.” Liz Tonkinson, Leisal Rose, 2021 AIOA Best of Show EVOO
“Until we entered the competition last year we had underestimated its importance. Not only does it provide a really important benchmark for whether we are achieving an excellent product (or not), we have gained so much confidence in what we are doing and built our reputation with customers. Also we have been able to increase our prices on the Gold medal products.” Owen & Dianne Carington Smith, Bruny Island Olives, 2020
“It meant a lot to the team and as a business we’ve achieved something. It’s also very good for sales, as people care about the award.” Jared Bettio, Rio Vista Olives, 2020