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Sellers and Buyers Meet at The Olive Oil Conference in Chicago

In 2016 at the Olive Oil Conference suppliers of olive oil met importers and distributors and deals were done. Three days in the convivial company of like- minded professionals gives a great opportunity for exploration of new markets and brands.

Three Time Winner of Marco Mugelli Award at LA International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition to Speak at Chicago Conference

Marco Scanu, Master Olive Oil Maker for Dievole will be presenting at The Olive Oil Conference in Chicago on July 18-20.


Dievole has won the Marco Mugelli Award for the best extra virgin olive oil on show three years in a row.

Third North American Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasters Challenge to be held in Chicago on July 20

The third annual Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasters Challenge will be held in conjunction with the Olive Oil Conference in Chicago on July 20th.


The Challenge is one of a series of similar national competitions worldwide orchestrated by Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes. In addition to celebrating the best tasters in North America, the tasting skills test used in The Challenge gives tasters an international benchmark of their tasting ability. For those that have participated in the Challenge in the past, their improvement is registered.

The US Olive Oil Industry Meets and Deals at The Olive Oil Conference in Chicago

Deals are done, information is shared, trends are discussed and good food is consumed at The Olive Oil Conference in Chicago on July 18-20. In its third year, the Conference will again attract the full spectrum of participants in the olive oil industry, expanding networks and delivering new ideas for business.

North American Olive Oil Association Adds Two Distinguised Presenters to Olive Oil Conference Lineup

The North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) and International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes are excited to announce the addition of two new speakers at the second annual Olive Oil Conference at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. from Monday, Jul. 18 through Wednesday, Jul. 20.

Something for Everyone at the Olive Oil Conference Chicago

There is something important for everyone involved in the olive oil industry at The Olive Oil Conference to be held in Rosemont near Chicago starting on 18th July.


For tasters, buyers, traders, retailers and consumers there are sessions on practical tasting to increase sales, get to know oils from different regions and get the best value for your money. Presented by Simon Field, founder of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes, Hayley Stevens, North American Tasting Championship 2015 and Eryn Balch, Executive Vice President of the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) these presentations will enhance your confidence.

Registration Now Open For The Second Annual Olive Oil Conference in Chicagoland-Area

The North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA), a nonprofit group that promotes the health, versatility and authenticity of all types of olive oil for North American consumers, has opened registration for its second annual Olive Oil Conference. The conference – one of the largest of its kind – is co-hosted by the NAOOA and International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes, a program intended to develop participants’ tasting skills, knowledge and experience through training courses and events.

Hayley Stevens wins the Inaugural Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasters’ Championship in the USA

Hayley Stevens has won the inaugural North American Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taster’s Championship.

The Championship was part of the ‘Spend Wisely on Olive Oil’ Conference hosted this week in Chicago USA by the North American Olive Oil Association and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes.

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Win an "Olivaria Hand-Picked Experience" in Tuscany!

Those lucky enough to have travelled to olive-oil producing regions of the world know there is nothing quite like experiencing it first-hand. Now there's an opportunity to win a FREE week-long experience, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Olivaria for the Inaugural North American Olive Oil Taster's Championship on August 26, 2015.

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