1st Cretan Olive Oil Competition

We are pleased to announce the 1st Cretan Olive Oil Contest, referred to as Cretan Olive Oil Competition 2015 (COOC).

This newly established event has been organized by Agro-Food Partnership Of Crete – Region Of Crete with the kind support of Association of Olive Municipalities of Crete (SEDYK), Cretan Olive Oil Network, Exporters Association Of Crete (SEK), Organoleptic Evaluation Laboratory of the Union Of Agricultural Cooperatives Of Rethymnon, Crete, Association Of Olive Oil Labelling Producers Of Crete (SYTEK), Institute of Olive, Subtropical Plants and Vine, Hania, Crete.

The competition will highlight branded olive oils from Crete and help them distinguish as important delegates of this superior quality food to international as well as local markets.

We strongly believe that the participating olive oil brands will

    – Promote the particular organoleptic characteristics of high quality branded Cretan olive oil.
– Upgrade the overall quality by developing our expertise.
– Endorse the good image of the branded olive oils of Crete and further promote them in the domestic and international markets.

The Jury (Tasting Panel) comprises of connoisseurs from the four prefectures of Crete. Our judges have participated in accredited groups and acquired valuable experience in domestic and international olive oil competitions.

Head of the evaluation team is Greece’s representative in the International Olive Council, Ms Christopoulou Efi, chemist, accredited trainer of the IOC, EU and International Olive Oil Council and panel leader.

Coordination manager is Ms Germanaki Eleftheria, distinguished olive oil expert and Director of the UACR laboratory.

The Jury (Tasting Panel) comprises of:

Evaggelia Stefanoudaki, chemist, Hania
Heleni Barbopoulou, agriculturist, Hania
Evaggelos Rodinos, agriculturist, Rethymnon
Maria Spanoudaki, chemist, Rethymnon
Nikos Fakourelis, chemist, Heraklion
Manolis Fafoutakis, chemist, Heraklion
Zacharenia Siganou, chemical engineer, Lasithi
Maria Parlavantza, chemical engineer, Lasithi


Evaluation of the samples will be held on Saturday, March 21st 2015, at the ESYD-accredited and independent laboratory of organoleptic evaluation at the installations of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in Rethymnon.

The producers of all the awarded olive oil brands will have the opportunity to participate in international competitions with the support of the organizers.

We invite all the olive oil producers of Crete to present their quality products and participate in the competition.

Manolis Hnaris, Director
Agro-Food Partnership Of Crete – Region Of Crete

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