- Organic Extra Virgin olive oil in all kinds of packaging
- Extra Virgin olive oi in all kinds of packaging
- Extra Virgin olive oil in bulk (flexitank)
- Virgin olive oil in all kinds of packaging
- Pomace oil in all kinds of packaging
Our enterprise having pioneered in the standardization and the export of olive oil is classified among the biggest enterprises in the whole of Crete in this field this period. While expanding with gigantic steps and outlining accelerative speed and dynamic presence in a sensitive and vital field for the economic development of Crete.
The company has a fifty year experience to his credit in the market and knowing the rules of marketing and globalisation very well, the founder of the enterprises has visualized and manufactured a contemporary plant which processes oil core convinced of the usefulness of the construction to the development of the area.
The first field in which our company developed a rich enterprising activity was the one of the standardization and commerce of olive oil.
With our facilities as a point of reference the enterprise has achieved an extensive breadth day by day, while competing the rest in the area gaining the preference and respect of the people. Its dynamic started to develop, rapidly, managing to consist one of the biggest standardization and packaging units of olive oil in the prefecture of Heraklion, today. In the contemporary facilities that exist our company standardizes the well - known to all "Cretans" in metallic packaging of 5lt and 3lt and glass containers of 1lt, 0.75lt, 0,50lt and 0,25lt.
Parallel to the standardization of olive oil, our company deals with the trade of the product. A particularly developed net of trade delegates in Greece and abroad is functioning which promotes the olive oil in the markets of Europe (Germany, Austria, England, France, Cyprus), USA (through cooperator), South Africa (through cooperator), Russia (through cooperator), Ukraine (through cooperator), China and Brazil.
Apart from the markets overseas, our company composes the exclusive caterer of olive oil for all the forces of the Greek Army. Steps, which undoubtedly constitute the best recognition, fortification and certification of quality. In the facilities of the enterprise there are stainless containers of 10.000 tones capacity, as well as the central offices of the enterprise.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CRETAN OLIVE OIL
Quality of Olive Oil
The special geo-climatic conditions of Crete and, in particular, the sun-drenched days of summer and autumn, along with the proper application of local research, not to mention the love of the Cretans for the olive tree and its oil, have all culminated in a spectacular improvement in the level of quality! Today, the olive oil produced in Crete belongs to the highest category of quality labelled as "Extra Virgin".
Categories of Olive Oil Quality
Quality plays a decisive role in the taste and the health benefits of olive oil. This is why the consumer must be able to distinguish between the various types of quality and make his choice accordingly.
Factors favouring quality
Olive oil as it is produced on Crete today has excellent quality characteristics. Its acidity is extremely low and its organoleptic characteristics (flavour, aroma) are excellent. Thus a quite large percentage of Cretan olive oil in the order of 85-95%, depending on annual conditions, is placed in the highest quality category of EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. The corresponding figures for olive oils from other olive oil producing countries are today considerably lower. Its excellent organoleptic characteristics, in other words the unparalleled flavour and exceptional aroma of Cretan olive oil, is certainly due to the high levels of sunshine and the dry climate which prevails in most areas of the island, particularly during the autumn and winter period when the oil is formed in the fruit. Nonetheless, achievement of the top quality of Cretan olive oil is also contributed to and assisted by the diligent cultivation of producers and effective combating of the olive fly in conjunction with proper and rapid harvesting. Shortening the period of time between harvesting and pressing and the high conditions of cleanliness of the olive fruit from the olive plantation to the olive press are also considered to be important technical factors which contribute decisively to improving quality. Shortening the time from harvesting to pressing, which over recent years has reached just 1-2 days, is a Greek success which is due, in addition to mechanizing of harvesting using small olive collection devices, too to the large number of modern high capacity olive presses which exist on Crete which manage to process almost all olives received each day.
International recognition of quality
The quality of extra virgin olive oil produced on Crete has been officially recognized by international organizations, leading scientists and specialist tasters. However, practical acknowledgement of the quality lead of Cretan olive oil is demonstrated by the demand for it and its supply to major international, and in particular Italian, processing industries which absorb almost all production each year in order to produce their own higher quality blends.
Moreover, Cretan olive oil has also been awarded a plethora of international prizes and other acknowledgements in official international and global contests.
Exports of Cretan Olive Oil
Of the quantity of 150,000 tons of olive oil produced on Crete on average per year only a small percentage, approximately 10%, is consumed on the island by permanent residents (around 0.5 million) and by Greek and foreign tourists (around 3 million per year) who visit the island each year. The remaining 90% of oil from Crete is exported from the island either to various other areas of Greece or, primarily, to other countries abroad thus contributing around 30% to the gross annual income of residents on the island. A significant part (around 90%) of exports of top quality EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil from Crete is purchased each year in bulk from other countries. The remaining 10% of exports are aimed at the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Germany, England, France, Belgium, Holland and other European countries most of which is packaged by cooperatives or private enterprises on Crete.