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Olives and Olive Oil Awards

About the Aurora International Taste Challenge Olive and Olive Oil Awards.

This year The Aurora International Taste Challenge will be hosted in South Africa, and some of the top food professionals will be judging products from around the world.  The goal is to identify and award the best-tasting products available to consumers.

The aim of the panellists is to assess the quality of products from the consumer’s point of view, in similar circumstances to those in which a consumer would enjoy the product.

Olives will be judged in sub categories according to the following main criteria:

  • Curing method
  • Colour
  • Treatment
  • Flavoured or natural
  • Cultivar used

Olive oil will be judged in sub-categories according to these main criteria:

  •  Extra virgin olive oil (evoo) on intensity and cultivar
  • Flavoured or infused olive oil
  • Flavour type if flavoured or infused

While many consumers are brand loyal, most would choose an alternative if they had access to fair product ratings. The Aurora International Taste Challenge will grant merit and trophy awards to exceptional products that are readily available worldwide. We are proud to be setting new quality standards in the food and drinks industry.

Please watch the small clip regarding the 2020 event below:

Set  your quality product apart from the sea of others to show that quality, not just a marketing budget, still counts for a lot.

Why should producers of table olives and olive oil enter The Aurora International Taste Challenge?

Winners of The Aurora International Taste Challenge will enjoy bragging rights and will be able display their award artwork in their tasting room, in email signatures, on the product itself, as well as in digital and print media, all royalty-free.

Superior products will be granted Silver, Gold and Double Gold status to reward excellent quality. Exceptional products that exceed expectations will be eligible for Trophy awards. Besides the normal technical criteria used during judging, a wow factor and a reading on the judge’s hedonic scale of enjoyment will be taken into account.

Winning producers will be able to display award artwork on the product itself, in digital media, and in print media for a period of one year from when the awards are granted. Winners will receive a digital award artwork kit with all permutations of the artwork related to the award received, and will be able to use the artwork subject to a non-exclusive licence agreement. No royalties are charged.

Stickers for gold and double gold awards will be available for purchase by the winners. A one-time print run will be done, and extra stickers will be available on a first come, first served basis. You do not have to order stickers.

Here is a close approximation of what the 25 x 25 mm stickers  look like.

 

Here are some examples of the award artwork. Colours can be adjusted to suit packaging. No physical trophies or awards are awarded.

Winning producers will be able to display award artwork on the product itself, in digital media, and in print media for a period of one year from when the awards are granted. Winners will receive a digital award artwork kit with all permutations of the artwork related to the award received, and will be able to use the artwork subject to a non-exclusive licence agreement. No royalties are charged.

The award artwork can be used where very little space as available, and artwork with detail more appropriate to smaller areas. No physical trophies or awards are awarded.

By winning an award you will ensure that your product is discovered, or rediscovered in a blind tasting, without bias or prejudice.

Products that did well during the 2021 event

 

 

We are proud to be partnering with the following companies to make the 2021 Aurora International Taste Challenge a big success.

 

 
 

Timeline for 2021 event

16 March 2021 Early Bird Special
Entries Open

Early bird entry fee R990 excluding VAT (approximately USD76 or EUR66) from 16 March until 7 June 2021

8 June 2021 Entries are R1300 excl VAT (approximately USD96 or EUR84)
Regular entry fees

Early bird entry price ends, and the regular entry fee of R1300 excluding VAT (approximately USD96 or EUR84) applies from 8 June to 21 September 2021

21 September 2021 Final close of entries
Final close of entries

Final entries close

27 and 28 September 2021 Monday and Tuesday delivery between 09:00 and 16:00
Delivery of samples

Final delivery of samples to Stellenbosch, South Africa

Entry Fees and dates

  • The early bird entry fee is R1050 excluding VAT (approximately USD83 or EUR71) from 8 March 2022 to 28 June 2022.
  • The normal entry fee is R1375 excluding VAT (approximately USD109 or EUR93) from 29 June 2022, until close on the 2nd of August 2022
  • 2 August 2022 – Entries close

Stickers will be available to the winners at R345 excluding VAT per 1000. There will be only one print run, and extra stickers will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Delivery of samples

Samples must be delivered between 09:00 and 16:00 on the 27th and 28th of September 2021. Participants may use any courier, but please ensure that samples are delivered to:

The Aurora International Taste Challenge
C/o Celia Gilloway
The Conference Centre
Klein Joostenberg
R304 Muldersvlei
Koelenhof Road
Stellenbosch
South Africa

GPS coordinates: – 33 82’ 66 21 S / 18 79” 55 15 W

Samples must be delivered between 9:00 and 16:00 on the two days allocated.

Samples needed for Olives and Olive Oil

Table olives:

A minimum of three containers comprising a minimum combined weight of 600 grams of olives.

Olive oil:

A minimum of three containers, comprising a minimum combined volume of 750ml.

Table olives and olive oil awards information

What criteria are used to judge the products?

For table olives, the following criteria will be judged:

  • Visual quality
  • Firmness and texture
  • Aroma
  • Flavour profile
  • Total mouthfeel and flavour balance

For both flavoured and unflavoured olive oils, the following criteria will be used:

  • Aroma complexity, freshness and purity
  • Aroma intensity
  • Flavour complexity and purity
  • Flavour intensity
  • Flavour persistence and harmony

Products are tasted blind and scored on their own merit. Judges will score the products on their own in silence, without conferring with other judges.

The judges’ personal preferences are not taken into account.

Can I use this award artwork for all the brands that this product is produced under?

The award artwork may only be used for the particular product and batch that was entered.

Stickers will also be available for purchase to the winners. A one-time print run will be done, and extra stickers will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Who will be judging the competition?

Products will be judged by food professionals who have an intimate knowledge of table olives and olive oil.

Are there any royalties involved?

No royalties are payable.

An electronic certificate will be emailed to the winning participants. Subject to adherence to the terms of the non-exclusive licence agreement, winners will also have a non-exclusive licence to make use of the digital award artwork kit, with various logos and award artwork to use on their product, in email signatures, in digital and in print media for a period of one year from the time the awards are announced. No physical trophies or awards are presented.

Do the table olives or olive oil submissions have to be labelled?

The table olives or olive oil entries do not have to be labelled, but they have to be in their final bottled state. A sticker showing all the product entry information should also be attached to each sample.

Are tank samples allowed?

Each olive oil sample has to be in its final bottled state, but it does not have to be labelled. Stickers identifying the sample are needed, however.

Do I need an analysis certificate?

No analysis certificate is necessary, but the competition reserves the right to test samples to determine authenticity and claims made.

Samples needed for Olives and Olive Oil

Table olives:

A minimum of three containers comprising a minimum combined weight of 600 grams of olives.

Olive oil:

A minimum of three containers, comprising a minimum combined volume of 750ml.

What categories will be evaluated?

Olives will be judged in sub categories according to the following main criteria:

  • Curing method
  • Colour
  • Treatment
  • Flavoured or natural
  • Cultivar used

Olive oil will be judged in sub categories according to these main criteria:

  • Flavoured/infused/natural
  • Flavour type if flavoured or infused
  • If unflavoured, intensity and cultivar
What awards are conferred?

Superior products will be granted Gold and Double Gold awards to recognise products with excellent taste. These producers will be able to display this award artwork on the product itself, in digital and in print media for a period of one year from when the awards are granted, as long as the quality of the product does not change from that of the original sample, and dependent on the terms of a non-exclusive licence agreement.

Trophy awards will also be conferred on products that really stand out in their special area.

By winning an award you will ensure that your product is discovered, or rediscovered in a blind tasting, without bias or prejudice.

FAQs regarding sample delivery

To where, and when do samples need to be sent?

Samples must be delivered between 09:00 and 16:00 on the 27th and 28th of September  2021.

 

Participants may use any courier, but please ensure that samples are delivered to:

The Aurora International Taste Challenge

C/o Celia Gilloway

The Conference Centre

Klein Joostenberg

R304 Muldersvlei

Koelenhof Road

Stellenbosch

South Africa

GPS coordinates: – 33 82’ 66 21 S / 18 79” 55 15 W

Samples must be delivered between 9:00 and 16:00 on the two days allocated.

Person receiving samples:

Celia Gilloway
Email: celia@eventsbycelia.com
Tel: 082 782 1977

We have partnered with DHL to allow for timely delivery. When making use of DHL, please ensure you send your samples to:

DHL Paarl
35 Zandwyk Park
Old Paarl Road
Paarl
South Africa

For the attention of:
The Aurora International Taste Challenge
C/o Marijke Douglas

 You can contact Marijke on Marijke.Douglas@dhl.com  or phone her on 021 872 4717. DHL will consolidate the samples to make sure they are delivered on time.

Products from outside South Africa need the necessary time to clear customs. Also, add the wording: “Samples of no commercial value – for attention The Aurora International Taste Challenge C/o Marijke Douglas”. Contact Marijke on Marijke.Douglas@dhl.com or phone her on +27 (0)21 872 4717 for more details.

Products that are sent that have to maintain the cold chain, need to be packed accordingly, and the DHL overnight service can be used.

Late entries might not be accepted.

For additional information contact Sanet van Heerden at hello@aurorachallenge.com. This event is run by the Awards Show (Pty) Ltd.

With regards to DHL and overnight delivery, how certain can I be that the sample receives the necessary urgency to deliver on time?

When making use of DHL, please ensure you send your samples to:

DHL Paarl
35 Zandwyk Park
Old Paarl Road
Paarl
South Africa

For the attention of:
The Aurora International Taste Challenge
C/o Marijke Douglas

Make sure you arrange with Marijke on Marijke.Douglas@dhl.com or phone her on +27 (0)21 872 4717 to make sure everything will be in order. 

Do taxes and customs fees only relate to imports?

Only samples sent from outside of South Africa will accrue taxes, clearance and customs fees.

As you have partnered with DHL, do entrants get a reduced-price option?

Because DHL consolidates deliveries, the prices will be reduced. Make sure you arrange with Marijke on Marijke.Douglas@dhl.com or phone her on +27 (0)21 872 4717 to get the necessary detail.

Overnight deliveries and deliveries from outside of South Africa will be at normal DHL rates.

Will you have a show for people / companies to attend if they are not entering the competition?

The Aurora International Taste Challenge is not a trade show or public event. Only the organisers and judges are present.

There is also no prize-giving ceremony or trade / public tasting afterwards.

Rules particular to olives and olive oil

  • The qualify as evoo the oil has to have a a free acidity level of < 0.8% and a peroxide value of no more than 20 milliequivalent O2 per kg oil.
  • In the infused and flavoured oil category, only 100% olive oil may be used.
  • A product may only be entered once, even if it is available under a different brand name.
  • No artificial flavours may be used.
  • Table olives samples a minimum of three containers comprising a minimum combined weight of 600 grams per entry.
  • Olive oil samples a minimum of three containers comprising a minimum combined volume of 750ml  per entry.
  • Samples may not be past their sell by date.
  • All costs related to delivery, including customs fees and taxes etc. are at the participant’s expense.
  • Only commercially operated producers that abide by the food laws of the country of origin may enter.
  • Winners will be asked to supply the competition with high resolution packshots for use on its website, and in marketing materials. By entering this competition, the participant grants The Aurora International Taste Challenge unlimited use of these images.
  • Be sure to wrap entries securely with bubble wrap or similar material to secure your entries against breakages. Please wrap your final package in a plastic bag and make sure it is leakproof in order to prevent leakage and damage to other products. Label samples as fragile.
  • Specialised packaging material or any other packaging material will not be returned. Specialised packaging material can significantly preserve the quality and viability of the sample being judged.
  • If styrofoam peanuts are used for packaging, please secure them in a container that will not cause leakage or spillage of the packaging material.
  • International entries must take the necessary precautions to prevent breakages and hold-ups in customs, and are encouraged to use local agents to deliver samples.
  • If more than one box of samples are delivered, please mark the boxes as “Box 1 of 5”, “Box 2 of 5” etc.
  • After winners are announced, no additional samples are needed.