We are thrilled to announce we were awarded a  SILVER MEDAL for 18oC organic evoo, which is a great honour for our producer. We are proud of this honourable distinction as 2016 was one of the most difficult years for Greek organic olive oil production.

The 22nd International Competition for Organic Olive Oil, PREMIO BIOL INTERNATIONAL 2017, is one of the top competitions for organic olive oil worldwide.

It took place in Italy, in the city of Ostuni, in the province of Brindisi, at the historical region of Apulia, known as the White City, from the 18th until the 20th of March 2017. Ostuni was destroyed by Hannibal and was rebuilt by the Greeks, who then named the city Astu neon, which means “New City” in Greek.

More than 350 organic olive oils were tasted in the competition,  from many countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Portugal, Israel, Argentina, the U.S.A., Croatia, Morocco, etc. All of the organic olive oils were evaluated with blind tasting by expert olive oil panel tasters of international reputation.


Coming in to our shop at Borough Market, you might have noticed a snail. It is called “Snail of approval” and it is the seal of Slow Food approval. The award criteria are the following: quality (food must taste good and be good for us), authenticity (food produced is true to its source), sustainability (paying attention to the consequences of how food is produced and distributed).

We are honoured to have earned such an outstanding seal of approval from a movement like Slow Food that celebrates good, clean and fair food. We started off about 6 years ago inspired by our great love for Greek products, organic farming and fuelled by our producers’ passion and commitment. Our star ingredients are unique, limited number products, harvested with traditional methods and kind to nature. These handmade goods are the labour of love, and not only do they represent the uniqueness of the craftsman but also the uniqueness of the Greek terroir.

For example, our family-owned independent smallholding has strong traditional farming roots and dedicated organic values. We source among others, a unique cultivated type of pistachios from Aegina, as well as Corinth raisins; both been awarded a Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O) product status.

You might be familiar with Slow Food, a grassroots international movement (1) which manifests that one can access a kind of cultural authenticity via local food. The movement encourages local food produced by “centuries-old traditions” in an attempt to counter the invasion of fast food and mass produced food. It also seeks to replace mass produced, artificial and sometimes tasteless fast food by whole-some foods produced in known placed by identifiable people.

Borough Market is filled with traders whose approach to producing or sourcing has gained them official accreditation from Slow Food UK. Slow Food philosophy closely mirrors that of Borough Market, and in recent years the ties between these two organisations have become increasingly close. Let’s not disregard the number of local –as well as international- foodstuff that would be at risk of survival if it weren’t for those hard- working to keep them relevant.

During October we celebrated quality, sustainability and ethical standards during Slow Food Week with fellow Borough Market traders. Slow Food Awards are a wonderful reward for either producing or sourcing products in a sustainable, small-scale, environmentally sound way. Those products not only do they respect culinary traditions but they also taste excellent. We were really proud to be runner up for the Best Individual Product in Slow Food Awards with our unpasteurised olives.

Join us at Borough Market and find out more about our products!

(1)  An excellent reference for further reading: Meneley, Anne. “Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Slow Food.” Anthropologica , vol. 46, no. 2, 2004, pp. 165–176. www.jstor.org/stable/25606192.

 

 


We are honoured to receive another exceptional distinction in 2016. We were awarded a-SILVER AWARD at the New York International Olive Oil Competition- NYIOOC 2016 which took place in New York on 11-14 April 2016. And that’s not mean feat considering that the judges for the New York International Olive Oil Competition have analysed 820 entries from 26 countries to identify this year’s best extra virgin olive oils. This time it was our 18oC organic evoo that impressed the judges. Can’t wait to try this year’s harvest!

 

 


We are seeing stars!!! We are so happy to announce that we were awarded Gold Stars for 3 more of our products for this year Great Taste Awards 2015!! We are over the moon that we have now a total of 17 Gold star awarded products over the last 4 years!

Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards. Thank you judges for the feedback and the stars!

This years awarded products: 17oC organic evoo pressed with lemons, oranges & wild thyme, Organic Kalamata olives with Ouzo, Pine honey.

 


We are delighted to announce another award! This time by the prestigious International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) The International Taste & Quality Institute – iTQi – based in Brussels, is the world leading organisation dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink. The Superior Taste Award is a unique international recognition based upon the blind judgment of Chefs and Sommeliers who are opinion leaders and experts in taste.


We are proud to announce that we were awarded a SILVER medal at this years Los Angeles Olive Oil Competition -Rated Top Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition in the US & 5th in the World! The award winning olive oil is 17oC pressed with fresh lemons, oranges and wild thyme!

From the judges: “…thank you for your participation in the 2015 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition and we congratulate you on your ability to produce fine oils of outstanding taste, character and complexity….””

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We are seeing stars!!! We are so happy to announce that we were awarded Gold Stars for 2 more of our products for this year Great Taste Awards 2014!! We are over the moon we have now a total of 14 Gold star awarded products over the last 3 years!