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Alpha Pi Triumphs at World Olive Oil Competition

7 days agoBy Daniel Dawson

Greek producer Alpha Pi has won two Gold Awards at the 2020 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

The feeling of winning is great. We are absolutely motivated. We took part in the competition for the second time, believing that both of our products would perform well. This was confirmed with two Gold Awards.

Vaia Platanitou, co-owner

The Olympia-based producer earned the Gold Awards for its Premium brand, a medium Koroneiki, and Original, also a medium Koroneiki.

“The feeling of winning is great,” co-owner Vaia Platanitou said. “We are absolutely motivated. We took part in the competition for the second time, believing that both of our products would perform well. This was confirmed with two Gold Awards.”

“Continuing the hard work to stay at this high level we are now standing at is our goal,” she added. “Continuing to gain knowledge and evolving our process step-by-step is our key to success.”

Alpha Pi produces extra virgin olive oil using traditional harvesting methods.

Platanitou said that the 2019/20 season was quite difficult in Greece, especially when it came to choosing the best moment to harvest the fruit

“Indeed many Greek producers have faced difficulties especially at the period close to harvest,” Platanitou said. “Our team was closely monitoring our groves and the decision to harvest as early as possible was very critical.”

“As a result, we managed to produce an oil with very low acidity, high polyphenols, exceptional aromas and the highest possible quality,” she added.

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, held each spring in New York, is the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest and its annual listing of award winners is considered the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

The complete list of winners can be viewed on the Official Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils

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