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The trend of competitions with high numbers of producer judges awarding higher medals, evident in the analysis of 2012 Australian extra virgin olive oil competitions, has continued in 2013. A comparison of awards given at the Melbourne and Sydney Fine Food Awards and the Australian Olive Association (AOA) Competition shows that for brands entered in all three, the Melbourne event awarded the highest medal in 11 cases.

The AOA competition awarded the highest medal in 7 cases and the Sydney Fine Food Show in 5. The judging panel of 13 in Melbourne included only 2 judges who are not producers. The AOA panel is no longer published but traditionally the majority are producers.

The Sydney Show panel, while not published to date, generally has a broader food and restaurant industry membership.

Olive Oil Competition Comparison Australia 2013

 Olive Oil Competition Comparison Australia 2013

Brand

Style

Melbourne Fine Food

Sydney Fine Food

AOA Competition

Alto Olives

Delicate

Silver

Bronze

Bronze

Arkstone

Manzanillo

Bronze

Gold

Bronze

Cobram Estate

Light Flavour Intensity

Gold

Bronze

 

Cobram Estate

Robust Flavour Intensity

Bronze

Bronze

Silver

Cobram Estate

Premiere

Gold

Bronze

Silver

Cobram Estate

Picual

Bronze

Silver

Silver

Cobram Estate

Hojiblanca

Bronze

Bronze

Gold

Gwydir Grove

 

No Award

No Award

 

Krowera Hills

 

Silver

Silver

Bronze

Kyneton

Family Selection

Bronze

No Award

Bronze

Kyneton

Gourmet Blend

Silver

Bronze

Bronze

Leontanya

Paringa Ridge

Silver

Bronze

 

Leontanya

Picual

Bronze

Bronze

 

Leontanya

Tuscan Blend

Silver

Bronze

Bronze

Lisadurne Hill

Hojiblanca

Gold

Gold

Gold

Lisadurne Hill

Angus

Silver

Bronze

Silver

Lisadurne Hill

Rushworth Gold

Silver

Bronze

Silver

Raja Olives

 

Bronze

Bronze

 

Richglen

Kalamata

No Award

No Award

 

Rosto

Mellow

Gold

Bronze

Silver

Rosto

Extra Oomph

Bronze

Bronze

Silver

Varopodio Estate

Gold

Bronze

Silver