The Filaios Olive Oil Society, organizers of the third Kotinos Quality Competition for packed, branded extra virgin olive oils, presented awards and honorable mentions to 39 Greek olive oils at the Food Expo on March 11 at the Metropolitan Expo Center near the Athens airport. A number of olive oil varieties from several different Greek regions were awarded.
This year, the Kotinos Competition awarded prizes to three categories of extra virgin olive oils--PDO/PGI, Organic, and Conventional—with gold, silver, and bronze awards for robust and medium intensity extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs) in each category, plus honorable mentions in four of the categories. Two olive oils tied for the gold award in two categories.
Yiannis Tsironis, Alternate Minister for Rural Development and Food, presented some of the awards, congratulating this year’s top winner, Konstantinos Papadopoulos of Papadopoulos Olive Oil, as well as others. Papadopoulos’s Mythocia Olympia PGI (a Kolireiki/Koroneiki blend) won a gold award for robust EVOO in the PDO/PGI category, while their Mythocia Omphacium earned an honorable mention in the robust organic category, and Mythocia Classic captured a bronze for conventionally produced, robust EVOOs.
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