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Q & A with Sue Langstaff

What are your thoughts on South African olive oil?

The quality of the oils I have tasted has been very good and on par with other very good olive oils from around the world.

What can we as an industry do to improve the South African olive oil industry.

Other than changing the climate to include more rain, it would be helpful to get growing and processing guidance from experts in the southern hemisphere, such Chile, Argentina and Australia. Also, it will just take time to discover which olive varieties will do best in each region of South Africa, as California is discovering. Sharing information within the industry is crucial to the success of the industry as a whole.

What makes a great olive oil tasting panel leader?

A taste panel is a team and a great panel leader has all of the qualities of a great coach: organized, process oriented, objective, knowledgeable, balanced/fair, patient/tolerant, tough/firm and realistic.

How can a consumer make better decisions when purchasing olive oil.

Consumers purchase olive oil for many different reasons: health benefits, pretty bottle, friend’s recommendation, price, value, etc. There are two main issues we want consumers to decide when making their purchase: that it is OLIVE oil (not another kind of oil) and that it is free of defects. Since all oils go rancid, it is important to stress the concept of freshness to consumers.

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SA Olive Packaging Awards

The SA Olive Awards will this year include a Packaging Awards category. Creating consumer brand awareness is central to establishing a product in the market and once your product hits the shelves, your packaging design is the first threshold to cross to create this awareness.

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SA Olive Gold Winner: Kleinbergskloof Olive Estate

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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SA Olive Gold Winner: Green & Gold Olive Estate

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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SA Olive Gold Winner: Cederberg Olives

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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SA Olive Gold Winner: Olyvenbosch

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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SA Olive Gold Winner: Adamskloof Farm

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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SA Olive Gold Winner: Tokara Estate

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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Chairman’s Speech at the SA Olive Awards 2017

If you didn’t attend the SA Olive Awards evening on the 24th of August 2017, here’s SA Olive Chairman, Nick Wilkinson’s message to the SA olive industry that night:

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SA Olive Awards Judging – Behind the Scenes

This year, for the first time, only professionals who had not entered an oil themselves, formed part of the adjudication team. 

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