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Turkey launches new national competition under IOC auspices

Turkey launches new national competition under IOC auspices

2017/19/05 - Turkey has launched this year a new national competition for olive oil under the name IOC Mario Solinas Award to the Quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Turkey. This is the first Turkish competition to be held under the auspices of this organism, in accordance with the decision of the International Olive Council about the award of this sector and its institutional sponsorship to national competitions organized by the competent authorities of each country.

The IOC Mario Solinas Turkey Quality Award Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is organised to determine the extra virgin olive oils with superior sensorial attributes among the competition participants. The National Olive and Olive Oil Council (UZZK) expects this competition to contribute to increasing the quality infrastructure and the perception of quality throughout Turkey, in collaboration with public and non-governmental organisations, universities and the private sector.

Samples for this year’s competition were accepted up to 10 March 2017. The samples were checked by a technical committee, composed of instructors from some of the top national universities, to see whether they complied with the competition requirements. It determined that 21 companies were entitled to participate in the competition. The jury was made up of eight leaders of IOC-recognised panels and it conducted its evaluation on 20 and 21 March 2017.

The award ceremony was held at the 7th Olivtech Olive, Olive Oil and Technologies Fair, held on 28 April 2017. A certificate and gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for each category. Furthermore, three competitors from each category received honourable mention certificates. The award ceremony had the honour of welcoming Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, the Executive Director of the IOC, on the occasion of this first edition of the national Mario Solinas competition.

The UZZK was established in 2007 and this Council became the first established product council under Turkish legislation in the area of agriculture. Its aim is to improve the olive oil and table olive sector in line with international standards. It seeks to increase the production capacity of olive farming, while ensuring the integration of the production and processing sectors in both domestic and foreign markets. In short, its mission is to provide a meeting point for the Turkish Government, civil society organisations, the private sector, and universities.

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