Every April, the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil competition is held in New York where nearly 1,000 brands are analyzed by an international team of expert tasters to determine the best olive oils in the world. The sold-out event brought producers, retailers, distributors, chefs and journalists together for one common purpose: to recognize and applaud the best olive oil producers.
At the fifth annual New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) in 2017, Queen Creek Olive Mill was thrilled by the results of their first time entering the competition. They celebrated a gold medal win for their Balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Over the course of the competition, 910 olive oils from 27 countries were analyzed by fifteen experts from every olive oil-producing region. This group of experts made up the elite panel of judges who sniffed and sipped blind samples to determine the cream of this year’s crop.
463 brands were designated the world’s best, with 71 olive oils from the U.S. receiving recognition including one of our very own here in the Valley of The Sun.
On average, the Queen Creek Olive Mill’s bottles remain on their shelves no longer than 14 days. They blend the oils every 6 weeks and bottle it every 3 weeks to ensure that customers receive the the freshest olive oil.
Indulge in more of Arizona’s one of a kind local goods at the Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection later this Fall. The event brings together local food producers prepared to transact at a wholesale level and introduces them to wholesale food buyers at restaurants, hotels, and more from across the state.Farmer+Chef is the state’s only event of its kind, aimed at building wholesale food networks at the local level and exclusively showcasing Arizona food producers and distributors.
We applaud Queen Creek Olive Mill on their recent success, and we’re glad to know others from around the world are recognizing the great food products being made in our home state.
Queen Creek Olive Mill is located at 25062 S Meridian Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 where The Balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be purchased but is also available in their marketplace locations around the Valley as well as select local grocery stores like AJ's Fine Foods and Sprouts.