2022 Edition

The world's largest and most prestigious olive oil competition

Place your brand on the world stage.

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General information

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil quality contest. Its annual listing of award winners is widely considered the most trusted guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

2022 NYIOOC dates

Registration begins October 1, 2021.

Samples are due on or before May 1, 2022.

The 2022 NYIOOC will take place in May, 2022.

Event organizers

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is organized by Olive Oil Times – the industry's publication of record and the world's #1 source of information about olive oil. You can contact the organizers here.

Competition judges

The NYIOOC is judged by an international panel of experts. Learn more about them here.

Contest rules

You can find the NYIOOC Terms and Conditions here.

Announcement of winners

The official results will be announced in May, 2022.

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Registration dates

Extra virgin olive oil brands may be entered in the competition by any company or organization responsible for the brand in the market. This can be a farm, mill, cooperative, bottler, importer, distributor or marketer. Flavored, infused or aromatized oils are not permitted.

Opening of registration

Registration begins October 1, 2021 on the Producer Tools platform.

Registration fees

Before January 1, 2022: $350 (early registration)

On or after January 1, 2022: $400 (standard registration).

Registration deadline

After March 1, 2022 registration can close at any moment without notice.

Sample deadline

Samples are due no later than May 1, 2022

How to register

All NYIOOC activity is managed on our Producer Tools platform. Your first step is to create an account on Producer Tools where you will:

1

Pay the fee

Choose how many oils you wish to enter and pay the registration fee.

2

Tell us about your brand

Submit your brand details and complete your producer profile.

3

Send your samples

After February 1, 2022, print your shipping documents and send your samples.

Questions?

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Shipping your samples

Every sample must be submitted in its normal retail packaging and brand label. Samples will be photographed, so please do not apply adhesive tape directly to the samples.

Sample deadline

Samples are due no later than May 1, 2022

Required number of samples

If your bottles, tins, bags or pouches are 250 ML or more, send 2 samples. For smaller containers, send enough samples to reach 250 ML of product in total.

When to send your samples

Sample shipments begin February 1, 2022. Please do NOT ship samples before this date.

How to ship your samples

All sample shipments must include the NYIOOC documents that you will download from Producer Tools after February 1, 2022.

Shipping details

After February 1, go to the shipping page in your Producer Tools.

1

Create a box

On the shipping page, create a box, enter the box dimensions, and indicate the brand samples that the box will contain. You can choose the NYIOOC shipping service or use your own courier.*

2

Download the instructions

The instructions include the shipping address, manifest, sample barcodes, and packing instructions.

3

Attach the barcode

Tie (do not use adhesive tape) the sample identification barcodes to your product samples with string or a rubber band.

4

Pack with care

Wrap each bottle separately in protective material making sure samples are padded on all sides in the box. Avoid excessive use of adhesive tape.

5

Attach the invoice

Attach the provided invoice to the outside of your box in a clear envelope.

*If you choose to ship using your own courier, please be advised NYIOOC will not pay any fees or other shipping charges.

NYIOOC entries are immediately masked, coded and stored in our secured, climate-controlled vault at 14-16.5°C (57.2-59.0°F) under 100% UV-free lighting.

Your results

The time and date of the official unveiling of the results will be announced via Olive Oil Times. You will be notified via email when the results for your brand(s) are available in your Producer Tools dashboard. The results will be revealed on the Official Index of the World's Best Olive Oils.

Promotional tools

If your brand is among the award winners, you will see a Promote tab in your Producer Tools dashboard where you can:

  • download award artwork
  • use our social media tools
  • order stickers and trophies
  • launch an ad campaign

Award usage

Award winners can purchase stickers and trophies in their Producer Tool dashboard until August 1 of the competition year. No stickers or trophies will be available after August 1.

Award certificates and label artwork are available to download at no charge in Producer Tools.

Award labels may only be affixed to winning brands in a winning year. For example, you cannot affix a 2020 Gold Award sticker to a 2021 harvest oil.

Non-winning entries and defects

The NYIOOC judges are trained to detect the positive and negative characteristics in olive oil samples. It is not uncommon for a brand to win an award in some other competition and fail to win in the NYIOOC.

Defects detected by our judging panel will be noted in the Brands tab in Producer Tools along with its likely causes. All results are verified and final. Non-winning brands are never publicly revealed.

Social media networks went crazy; suddenly, everyone wanted to know our brand and the Gold Award-winning extra virgin olive oil.

- Alvaro Pallarés, commercial director, Oleico Pallarés