USA: Californians navigate a challenging olive harvest with an unwavering commitment to quality

Updated May 18, 2023
Producers across California overcame frost, drought and rising prices to yield some of the world’s best extra virgin olive oils.
Producers in California celebrated a strong finish to the 2022/23 crop year, claiming 71 awards at the 2023 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition. Home to virtually all of the United States’ olive oil production, California farmers and millers won the most significant share of awards, claiming 89 percent of all those won by U.S. producers at the world’s most prestigious olive oil quality contest. Producers from across the state, which is larger than Italy and Japan but slightly smaller than Spain, overcame drought and extreme weather events at the onset of the harvest to produce award-winning quality. According to the Olive Oil Commission of California, the state produced 1.94 million gallons (7.34 million liters) of olive oil in 2022/23, 20 percent below the rolling five-year average. Among the biggest winners in California was its largest producer, California Olive Ranch (COR), which won a Gold Award and two Silver Awards. “We are ecstatic with our multi-year wins on our products,” ...
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