NYIOOC Support

  • General FAQs

    Q: What is the NYIOOC?

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

    Q: What is Producer Tools?

    Producer Tools is a portal developed by the NYIOOC technical team to manage data, process results and offer a suite of marketing tools within a secure infrastructure.

    Q: What are the dates of the 2021 NYIOOC?

    Registration begins October 1, 2020 on the Producer Tools portal.
    Samples are due on or before May 1, 2021.
    The 2021 NYIOOC will take place in May, 2021.

    Q: Who are the 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.

    Q: Who are the competition judges?

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

    Q: What are the competition rules?

    You can find the NYIOOC Terms and Conditions here.

    NYIOOC Rules

    Q: When will the winners be announced?

    The official results will be announced in May, 2021.

    See the 2020 Winners

  • Entering Your Brand

    Q: How do I enter my oils in the competition?

    1. Choose how many oils you wish to enter and pay the registration fee.
    2. Submit your brand details.
    3. After February 1, 2021, print your shipping documents and send your samples to NYIOOC.

    Q: Who can register?

    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.

    Q: How much does it cost to enter?

    The entry fees for the 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition are as follows:

    Before January 1, 2021: $350 (early registration)
    On or after January 1, 2021: $400 (standard registration)
    Register online here.

    Q: Do I need to Submit Lab Tests?

    No. NYIOOC Does not require a chemical test certificate.

    Q: When is the deadline to register?

    After March 1, 2021 registration can close at any moment without notice.

    Q: When is the deadline for receiving my samples?

    Samples must be received by NYIOOC on or before May 1, 2021.

    Q: Should my samples be labeled?

    Yes. If your olive oil wins an award, it will be photographed and publicized. Samples should be in the same packaging you use in the marketplace.

    Q: When will the winners be announced?

    The official results will be announced in May, 2021.

    See the 2020 Winners

  • Updating Your Entry

    Q: Can I make changes to my entry?

    You can update your NYIOOC entry in your Producer Dashboard. Please note: editing your entry is not allowed after you print your shipping documents.

  • Shipping Your Samples

    Q: When is the deadline for receiving my samples?

    Samples must be received by NYIOOC on or before May 1, 2021.

    Q: How many samples do I need to send?

    Every sample must be submitted in its normal retail packaging and brand label. Below are the required sample amounts for each oil entered:

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

    Q: How should I send my samples?

    Sample shipments begin February 1, 2021. Please do NOT ship samples before this date. All sample shipments must include the NYIOOC documents that you will download from Producer Tools after February 1, 2021.

    During registration, you will choose to use the NYIOOC shipping option or your own method. By using our courier account, you can confirm and track your shipment, and you will receive a special NYIOOC discounted rate.

    After February 1, you will see in the "Shipping" tab in your Producer Tools (1) an invoice to attach to the outside of the shipping box; (2) a barcode to attach to your samples and (3) a UPS shipping label (if you chose to use the NYIOOC Shipping Service).

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

    Please contact NYIOOC if you have any questions about shipping your samples.

    Q: How will my samples be stored?

    NYIOOC entries are immediately masked, coded and stored in our secured, climate-controlled vault that maintains the oils at 14-15°C (57.2-59.0°F) under 100% UV-free lighting.

  • Your Results

    Q: How can I order award stickers and trophies?

    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 labels may only be affixed to winning brands in a winning year. For example, you cannot affix a 2019 Gold Award sticker to a 2020 harvest oil that was not awarded.

    Q: Why were defects found in my oil?

    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 New York.

    We hope you can use the information provided to investigate possible causes. All results are verified and final.