LUCINI SWEEPS INTERNATIONAL OLIVE OIL COMPETITION

Three Lucini extra virgin olive oils receive medals including two best-of-show awards at the 2014 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

(MIAMI, FL) April 30, 2014 - Lucini Italia is proud to announce that three Lucini® extra virgin olive oils received top honors at the third annual Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. Founders Reserve Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® and Limited Reserve® Organic Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® were awarded with the competition’s highest honor, a Premier Medal, and Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® received a coveted Gold Medal.

Representing the best oils of the competition, only 14 oils were honored with a Premier Medal. Oils that score high enough for the medal are revaluated by a separate, second panel to confirm that they are indeed worthy of Premier Medal status. Not only is Lucini the only Italian produced extra virgin olive oil to receive a Premier Medal, but it did so with two oils.

“We could not be more proud with the results,” said David Neuman, president of Lucini. “As in the New York International Olive Oil Competition, Lucini is one of the only recognizable and widely available oils in the US market to receive a medal – let alone two Premier awards. This is further testament to our mission of producing only the best extra virgin olive oil and making it accessible to the American consumer. ”

Renowned as one of the toughest and most rigorous international competitions, Olive Japan boasts some of the highest standards of integrity and professionalism for judging criteria and attracts the world’s best producers of extra virgin olive oil. An esteemed panel of eighteen international judges evaluated 450 oils in a blind tasting rating each oil’s fruitiness, pungency and bitterness and noting any defects that are not allowed in extra virgin olive oil by law.

This extreme honor follows Lucini’s double win at the New York International Olive Oil Competition where Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Founders Reserve Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil received gold medals in the medium intensity and robust intensity categories respectfully.

To learn more about Lucini Italia visit www.lucini.com. For more information on the Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition visit www.olivejapan.com.

GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Harvested near Bolgheri, Tuscany in early November to preserve the full flavor and peak health properties, the 100% Italian olives used in Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil are handpicked and crushed within 24 hours. Renowned for its Tuscan taste profile, the oil is full-bodied and green, with hints of apple, herbs, almond and a peppery finish. A consumer and celebrity chef favorite, it is the best-selling extra virgin olive oil over $10 in the United States.

PREMIER MEDAL WINNERS
A product of sustainable agriculture, the 100% organic olives used in Limited Reserve Organic Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil are harvested by hand at precisely the right time and crushed within 24 hours to capture the maximum freshness of the olive fruit and its legendary health benefits. Renowned for its Tuscan taste profile, the oil is big and green, with hints of artichoke, almond and a strong peppery finish. The oil naturally achieves an acidity of 0.2%.

Founders Reserve Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil originates in Montenero d’Orcia, Tuscany, at the estate of the renowned and award-winning Frantoio Franci. Two estate-grown olive varieties, Frantoio and Olivastra Seggianese, are picked by hand and pressed within twelve hours, capturing the coveted flavor only found in the best, fresh olive fruit. The oil is abundantly green in both aroma and taste, with notes of spice and cinnamon and a strong peppery finish. Less than 5,000 bottles were produced of this very special oil.

About Lucini Italia
Lucini’s family of gourmet Italian foods are crafted based on the philosophy that great tasting food comes from only the most cared-for, high-quality ingredients and have been a celebrity chef favorite since the company’s inception in 1997. Voted Cook’s Illustrated “Top Supermarket Extra Virgin Olive Oil” and a staple in Bon Appetit Magazine’s test kitchen, Lucini’s extra virgin olive oil has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in The Oprah Magazine’s ‘The O List’.