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Madrid, May 27, 2016.
The commercialization of ‘impostor’ olive oil has caused the shadow of doubt in recent times to stalk the sector in general. INNOLIVA, a Spanish production company based in Navarre, believes that more than ever, companies that carry the quality of their AOVES by flag must be recognized and valued, and, for this reason, they are committed to any measure that promotes excellence, as in this case It is the formation of panels of tasters.
The Department headed by Isabel García Tejerina has given a course for panelists of tasters of virgin olive oil tasters during the week at the National Training Center of San Fernando de Henares (Madrid), in order to provide uniform homogeneous criteria in the technical behavior, as well as unified criteria on the maintenance of the structure of the panels.
Attendees have received training in analytical sensory tests, consumer testing, auditing and accreditation, the basic fundamentals of sensory analysis, or the control system of official panels, among others. In addition, they have been able to deepen in the verification of the reliability of a panel, the basic statistics for a panel of tasters, the analysis of sensory data through Panelcheck or the introduction to the analysis of the variance.
The president of INNOLIVA, Miguel Rico, whose product strictly meets all the demands of the market to be considered as an EVOO of superior quality, ensures that “the panels of tasters can be a filter that confirms the excellence of the oil” and celebrates that since The Ministry, which on some occasions is the first to question the sector, carry out initiatives like this one.
“These experts constitute, in some cases, that internal and external test that verifies that the product meets all the requirements. For this reason, it is very important to continue training the specialists in the olive sector on the basis of homogeneous criteria, giving them the ability to uncover these fraudulent oils, which are sold as something that they are not and that harm the sector in general ” explains Rico.
Likewise, INNOLIVA also defends the combination of this training with that provided by a panel of consumers, which can be especially useful for translating the demands of an increasingly thin palate audience.
The company, which has its head office in Pamplona (Spain), owns more than 5,000 hectares of irrigated olive groves, located in Spain and Portugal, where the Mediterranean climate gives the olive tree the ideal environment for the development and maturation of the fruit; and it favors the obtaining of Extra Virgin Olive Oils with excellent sensory qualities.
With its production system, they guarantee the integral traceability of the entire process: from the olive tree to the final customer.
They make their Extra Virgin Olive Oil cold in the shortest time possible from the entrance of the olive in the oil mill. And they take care of the oil already produced to maintain their excellent sensory and healthy qualities as long as possible.