The winners of the only blind tasting competition dedicated to extra virgin olive oils produced in the southern hemisphere were announced at Expoalimentaria in Lima. Chile took three medals, followed by South Africa and Uruguay with two and Peru and Brazil with one - yet all countries taking part expressed impressive quality, as the Special Mentions also assigned to Argentina and Australia clearly demonstrate. The special "Giulio Bertrand Prize" was awarded to Chilean producer Agricola Monte Olivo.
The sixth edition of Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere, the only blind tasting competition dedicated to quality extra virgin olive oils from south of the Equator, this year will take place in Tacna - the leading olive-growing region in Peru. The winners will be announced in Lima during Expoalimentaria, the most important food trade fair in Latin America.
The 2019 edition of Veronafiere's International Exhibition of Quality Agro-Foods closed with more specialist visitors than ever. Attendance came to 57.800 people; 27% were international operators from 131 countries. More than 400 b2b meetings were organised.
There are 26 winners of the Golosario Award at Sol&Agrifood 2019. Three days of incognito tastings by a team of judges. The awards will be presented on the closing day of the International Agro-Food Show, followed by a final tasting.
The appeal of local territories and the Italian spirit exerts a significant impact as regards the choice of food products people buy. In addition to Made in Italy, which is the non plus ultra for inclusion in shopping trolleys, PDO and PGI marks are also an indispensable attribute for almost one-third of Italians. Yet Italian food&beverage is also very popular abroad, so much so that almost 4 out of 10 consumers in China, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom believe that it is the most representative aspect of our country, even ahead of fashion, cars and furniture.
Gold, silver and bronze medals in the new "Absolute Beginners" category of the Sol d'Oro Northern Hemisphere Competition 2019 were awarded on the opening day of Sol&Agrifood.
11 out of 15 medals in all taken by Italy - Puglia, Campania, Trentino, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Sicily And Sardinia - and 4 by spanish companies. Italian products took 41 out 59 special mentions with 18 going to international producers.
The Sol Intl EVO Oil Show will be held during the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair. This is the new Veronafiere initiative to sell, promote and position extra-virgin olive oil in China - where in over last year Italian exports grew by 41% - and other Far East markets.
Award-winning olive oils in the forefront during Sol&Agrifood 7-10 April 2019
Initially set up to promote qualitative improvement and awareness of extra virgin olive oil around the world, the competition organised by Veronafiere-Sol&Agrifood has since become increasingly important as a marketing and sales tool. The "quality sticker and the "Stars of Sol d'Oro" guide distributed to dealers and journalists from 130 countries during Sol&Agrifood equally ensure many business opportunities for products earning medals.