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  • General FAQs

    Q: What is the NYIOOC?

    The New York International Olive Oil Competition is the world's largest and most prestigious olive oil quality competition. Each year an international panel of experts judge entries from every olive oil producing region. The winning olive oils are coveted by chefs, food buyers and consumers everywhere who know the value of the very highest quality extra virgin olive oils.

    Q: What are the dates of the 2018 NYIOOC?

    The 2018 New York International Olive Oil Competition will be held April 23 – 26, 2018.

    Q: Who are the event organizers?

    The New York International Olive Oil Competition is organized by Olive Oil Times – the publication of record and most-read source of information about olive oil. You can contact the organizers here.

    Q: Who are the competition judges?

    The New York International Olive Oil Competition is judged by the most distinguished panel of international experts ever assembled for an olive oil contest. 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 winners will be unveiled at a press conference and awards celebration in New York on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM. You can watch the announcement live on the NYIOOC website. Complete results will be distributed through the international media and indexed on the official results website, bestoliveoils.com.

  • Entering Your Brand

    Q: When is the deadline to register?

    After March 1, 2018 registration can close at any moment if the optimal number of entries is reached. If you want to participate in the 2018 NYIOOC, you should register today.

    Q: When is the deadline for receiving my samples?

    Samples must be received by NYIOOC on or before April 20, 2018.

    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.

    The number of entries will be limited. Past NYIOOC winners are guaranteed entry if registered before January 1, 2018.

    Q: How much does it cost to enter?

    The entry fees for the 2018 New York International Olive Oil Competition are as follows:

    Before January 1, 2018: $275 (early registration period)
    After January 1, 2018: $300

    Register online here.

    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 January 1, 2018, print your shipping documents and send your samples to NYIOOC.

    Q: Should my samples be labeled?

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

    Q: When will the winners be announced?

    The winners will be unveiled at a press conference and awards celebration in New York on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM. You can watch the announcement live on the NYIOOC website. Complete results will be distributed through the international media and indexed on the official results website, bestoliveoils.com.

  • Updating Your Entry

    Q: Can I make changes to my entry?

    You can update your NYIOOC entry right from your Producer Dashboard. Please note: editing your entry is not allowed once you ship your samples to NYIOOC.

  • Shipping Your Samples

    Q: When is the deadline for receiving my samples?

    Samples must be received by NYIOOC on or before April 20, 2018.

    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 are 250 ML, send 3 samples.
    If your bottles are 375 ML, send 3 samples.
    If your bottles are 500 ML, send 3 samples.
    If your bottles are 750 ML, send 3 samples.
    If your bottles are 1000 ML, send 3 samples.

    Q: How should I send my samples?

    Sample shipments begin January 1, 2018. Please do NOT ship samples before January 1, 2018. All sample shipments must include the NYIOOC documents that you will download from Producer Tools after January 1, 2018.

    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 you submit your registration and it is reviewed by NYIOOC staff, you will be provided with documents to include with your shipment including (1) an invoice to attach to the outside of the shipping box; (2) an identification tag to attach to your samples and (3) a UPS shipping label (if you chose to use the NYIOOC Shipping Service). These documents will be available under the "Manage > My Shipping" tab in your Producer Tools dashboard.

    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. You can see the current conditions here.

    NYIOOC Vault Real-Time Data

  • Attending the Event

    Q: Can I attend the event?

    Join olive oil producers retailers, distributors, chefs and journalists from around the world on April 26th for an exclusive tasting of the world’s best olive oils followed by the official unveiling of the NYIOOC winners and awards reception. Visit the event website for more information and to register to attend.

  • Your Results

    Q: The results indicate that defects were found in my oil. Impossible!

    We’re afraid it is true. Maybe your oil won an award in another competition, you have laboratory and sensory analyses that show it's perfect. The fact is, that on the day it was tasted in New York by the NYIOOC judging panel, either it displayed defects or it did not earn a score high enough for an award at NYIOOC. The international panel of expert judges at the NYIOOC are trained to find defects. We hope you can use the information provided to investigate possible causes. All results are verified and final.