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Greek producers celebrate successful finish to historically low harvest

Published May 29, 2024

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In the face of a disappointing harvest due to erratic weather and olive fruit fly infestations, Greek olive oil producers and millers from Crete and the Peloponnese peninsula have achieved great success at the 2024 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, winning 56 awards, including 26 golds and 30 silvers. This accomplishment highlights their resilience and dedication to quality, despite a significant drop in production to less than half of the previous year. Producers like AMG Karabelas and Cretan Harvest have adapted to the challenges, with hopes for an improved harvest in the next season. On Lesbos, the company Falcon has also shown resilience, harvesting late to produce high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil and winning three gold awards at the NYIOOC.
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This year’s disappointing harvest in Greece did not stop the country’s olive growers and millers from crafting some of the world’s best extra virgin olive oils. Beating the odds, Greek producers rose to the occasion and won 56 awards (26 Gold and 30 Silver Awards) from 108 entries at the 2024 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition. Greek olive oil production fell below 150,000 tons in the 2023/24 crop year, a record low and less than half of last year’s 340,000 tons. Farmers and millers cited erratic weather, which disrupted the established pattern of olive cultivation in the country, and widespread olive fruit fly infestations as the main reasons for the decrease in quantity and, in some cases, quality. “This past year was the most challenging we’ve ever faced,” said Cretan producer Panagiotis Tsiriotakis of Acropolis Organics, which won two Gold Awards for Koroneiki monovarietals. “Unlike my grandfather’s generation, when the weather was reliable and consistent, we’ve been dealing ...
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