Quality has no Borders
Olive oil crops around the world are dependent on reliable weather patterns and orchards’ resilience against pest invasions and bacteria outbreaks. For some countries, the 2019 olive harvest was marred by such challenges, resulting in lower than usual olive oil production. This may be a concern for olive oil companies that only source from a single origin, but for Deoleo, which has oil suppliers in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Peru and more.
“We know that every year the climate scenario changes significantly, and that olive orchards can be hit with sanitary issues that can prohibit olive growth,” says Paula Lopes – Chief Quality Officer at Deoleo. “Our first role is to find the quality oil available with no geographical limitation. This ensures we always have the freshest and most suitable oils for our blends.”
For Deoleo, whose aim has always been to produce consistent olive oil year-round, global suppliers are already a key part of the process.
While olive crops in European countries are harvested during late fall and early winter, South American crops are harvested throughout spring. Because of the varying timelines, Deoleo is able to source freshly pressed olive oil throughout the year.
As for how the team knows where the best crops are each year. They are constantly traveling the globe, searching for the highest-quality raw materials. By quality mapping production areas, Deoleo has developed a database of general flavor profiles and oil characteristics of different producers.
Additionally, by supporting sustainable growers, Deoleo is helping to bolster a more resilient future for olive oil producers around the world. We purchase oil that is harvested earlier, meaning better olives with a higher level of health-boosting polyphenols and, in turn, healthier extra virgin olive oil.