Lebanese producer Genco Olive Oil has won a Gold Award at the 2020 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition for its Orchards of Laila brand, an organic robust Souri.
It gives us great pride to represent the oldest country to ever produce olive oil, Lebanon, and its local cultivar, Souri. Our team at Orchards of Laila are all ecstatic to know that all our hard work is being recognized globally at this prestigious award ceremony.Ibrahim Al Kaakour, owner
“It gives us great pride to represent the oldest country to ever produce olive oil, Lebanon, and its local cultivar, Souri,” owner Ibrahim Al Kaakour said. “Our team at Orchards of Laila are all ecstatic to know that all our hard work is being recognized globally at this prestigious award ceremony! We are happy to put Lebanon back on the world map after thousands of years!”
Genco Olive Oil produces organic extra virgin olive oil using traditional methods.
Al Kaakour said that each season is challenging for organic farmers, especially in areas prone to pests, and 2019 was no different.
“Trying to maintain organic farming methods proves to be the most challenging for olive farmers,” he said. “We tend to be more exposed to disease, especially with the fruit fly. However, despite the extra effort, time and cost that organic farming entails, the end product of a clean top-quality organic olive oil justifies all the hard work and makes us all proud!”
The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, held each spring in New York, is the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest and its annual listing of award winners is considered the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.
The complete list of winners can be viewed on the Official Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils
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