Oils Criteria

Oil entries must meet the following standards:

 Made in the USA or US territories.
 Made with olives, avocados, nuts or seeds.
 Pressed from ingredients from the most recent harvest and grown in the region of entry.
Free of genetically modified ingredients.
 Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors or preservatives.
 Use ingredients grown using fair labor practices.
Use ingredients grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.*
Oil comes from a first pressing and is not subjected to added heat or chemical extractors throughout the entire process.
 The entry is not a third party private label oil, where finished oil from another source has been purchased and rebranded.

Additional criteria for olive oil entries:
Growers must demonstrate an effort to use sustainable practices in water conservation and waste management.
Non-flavored olive oils are certified as extra virgin by a COOC- or IOC-recognized panel.**

Additional criteria for flavored oil entries:
Base oil must meet all above criteria except the extra virgin certification requirement for olive oils.
Added flavor ingredients, including but not limited to spices, herbs and fruit, must be domestically sourced and meet the above criteria related to sustainable growing techniques and fair labor practices.
Flavor must come from either infusing the actual flavor ingredient in the oil or pressing it with the oil and not by adding a flavoring extract or oil.

Additionally, oil entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:
• Olive Oil
• Nut Oil
• Seed Oil
• Avocado Oil
• Flavored Oil                    

*Oils made with avocados, nuts or seeds grown with minimal synthetic inputs using Integrated Pest management practices will be permitted.

**California Olive Oil Council or International Olive Council