Australian International Olive Awards, promoting and celebrating quality.
The Australian International Olive Awards (AIOA), in its fourth year, is one of the newest and most comprehensive olive oil and table olive competitions in the world. Its aim is to professionally and rigorously judge extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), flavoured olive oils and table olives from around the globe, uncover those with the highest quality and flavour and then award them medals and trophies in recognition of excellence.
This competition is an industry organisation-owned competition: there is no agenda except to promote and celebrate quality extra virgin olive oil, flavoured olive oil and table olive production, and to nurture growers and producers to improve and further develop their capabilities.
Entries for the competition come from Australia i Entries came from , Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, North America and Spain. Since the inception of the competition an average of over 91% of entries are being awarded medals.
The competition convenor places a strong focus on drawing together an international judging panel of more than 30 well-credentialed olive experts from across the globe and Australia. Together they form judging panels of the highest calibre, offering a wealth of global olive competition experience and knowledge which then allows for objective judging panels. These diverse panels ensure a thoughtful, non-biased judging process based purely on merit.
Every entry is treated fairly and with respect, with the judging panels given adequate time to assess each entry’s aroma and organoleptic characteristics. Northern Hemisphere oils are tasted separately from the Southern Hemisphere oils. Medals are then awarded on those individual merits, rather than by comparison. The judges’ assessments are used to provide comprehensive tasting note feedback for all entries which can be used for future improvement and promotion.
Additional refresher training is undertaken by all judges to align palates and benchmark product styles. This ensures the highest level of quality and consistency across all classes and the judging panel.
The AIOA is open to olive producers from both the northern and southern hemisphere. Separate ‘Best Northern Hemisphere’ and ‘Best Southern Hemisphere’ awards honour the different harvest times, however all entries compete for the coveted Best EVOO of Show and Best Table Olives of Show awards.
This year’s competition
Now in its third year with international status, the competition provides the opportunity for producers to benchmark their products against both Australian and international peers – and to showcase their winning oils and table olives to the world market.
Extra virgin olive oil classes include Mild, Medium and Robust, Non-packaged, and various Varietal categories. The Flavoured Olive Oil classes focus on Infused/Flavoured and Agrumato style olive oils.
Table Olive classes include Varietals, Wild and various Flavoured categories. All table olive exhibits will undergo physico-chemical and microbiological testing. This requirement provides a significant benefit for table olive producers, as the testing is carried out as part of the AIOA entry process. The cost is included in the entry fee and the testing results will be provided with judging results and feedback.
Table olive competition entries are NOT restricted to the current year of production. Well processed table olives will last several years and 2020 exhibits may include 2018-20 product.
The AIOA will also provide comprehensive tasting notes, which producers can then use for training and marketing. They can also use them to refine their processes and improve their products, providing future benefits for both the producers and overall industry quality.
Promotion and Benefits
Success at this Australian International Olive Awards has significant benefits in terms of sales and marketing. The competition is promoted widely across media and commercial channels, significantly enhancing both the prestige and commercial benefits of the awards to entrants.
It also gives winning international exhibitors the ability to promote that their oils have won in the very rigorous and highly regarded Australian International Olive Oil Awards.
Commencing on announcement of the results, promotion of winners will start with the delivery of medal certificates and option to purchase medal decals to use on packaging for promotion. Promotion will take place with broad-ranging media dissemination to Australian and international outlets, online and print-based, with particular emphasis on food and lifestyle communicators.
Key winners will be celebrated at a national food influencers and media event in Sydney in October, and winning entries will be showcased throughout the coming year at Australian and international tastings, consumer tastings and training events, and also across the Olivegrower communications platform through the Friday Olive Extracts e-newsletter and feature articles in the Olivegrower & Processor industry journal.
The competition is working assertively towards becoming one of the top international olive competitions in the world by 2022, and the status which goes with winning an AIOA award will continue to grow.
As a winner, you’ll help spread awareness of the world’s excellent olive products both in Australia and on the world stage.
If you would like to enter oils or know someone that would be keen to enter, we would welcome their entries. Entries open July 1st 2020 and close on 5th September 2020. Full details and online entry are available at: //internationaloliveawardsaustralia.com.au
INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES OPEN: 15 June 2020
AUSTRALIAN ENTRIES OPEN: 1st July 2020
ENTRIES CLOSE: Deadline COB Friday 4th September 2020
ENTRIES JUDGED: 19 September 2020
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Exhibitors will be emailed with their results on the 5th October 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no Gala Awards Presentation Dinner for 2020. Major award and medal winners will be celebrated in the 2020 edition of the Results Booklet, on the AOA’s Olivegrower & Processor publication and numerous other media.
For more information contact:
Competition Convenor: Chief Steward
Phone: +61 4 1903 1527