TOKYO, JAPAN – Dewey Lucero of Lucero Olive Oil came home with two gold medals at the 2nd Edition of Olive Japan in Tokyo for the company’s Ascolano and Manzanillo extra virgin olive oil. Lucero joined 50 other exhibitors from 15 countries
Lucero is the American olive oil producer that has earned the most awards over the past five years as well as a recipient of the top Premier Prize in last year’s Olive Japan competition for their 2011 Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Over 200 extra virgin olive oils from 15 countries competed, but only 20 gold medals were awarded, and of these Lucero ranked in the top 5.
“We are honored to be held in such high esteem by this prestigious Japanese competition,” Dewey Lucero said. “This elevates not only Lucero Olive Oil in the eyes of Japanese consumers but also extra virgin olive oils from California.”
The Lucero family has cultivated olives in Corning, California since 1946, providing good olive oil to friends and family in order to share in the enjoyment of premium olive oil everyday. Today, Lucero is sold on line, from their catalogs and in their Tasting Room next to the olive mill in Corning and in Portland, Oregon. Lucero oils and vinegars are also available via nearly 1,000 of the top specialty stores in the United States and Canada, and for discerning customers in Japan.
"OLIVE JAPAN", organized by the Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan is an open-air event that brings olive oil producers and their products together with top Japanese importers, distributors, buyers and consumers providing an excellent opportunity for consumers and the trade to meet high quality, high profile producers directly at the venue. Focus on the consumers is the defining character of this event and the key distinctive feature of OLIVE JAPAN from other competitions and trade shows.
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Dewey Lucero (right) with Chairman and Founder of the Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan, Mr. Toshiya Tada (left).