The BIOL 2015 awards ceremony was held April 24th in Bari, Italy and featured the best organic extra virgin olive oils from around the world. Sindyanna was represented by Gianluca Carbonara from our Italian partner Equoenonsolo NPO.
Biol added Sindyanna's olive oil to the "Best Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils of the World" guide which is reserved only to the olive oils that obtained the Biol ExtraGold medal. You can download the guide from the Biol site.
Below is the greeting letter we sent the Organizing Secretariat of Premio International BIOL:
The Galilean Flavor of Fair Trade olive oil
Biol Secreteria, distinguished guests, honorable judges,
In the name of Sindyanna of Galilee, I would like to thank you for choosing our olive oil for the Extra Gold Medal and for giving us the opportunity to share with you our message of peace and coexistence. I wish that this kind of message would be the real face of my country, also on the political level.
Sindyanna of Galilee is not an ordinary business. In fact, it is a female-led, fair-trade NGO promoting the concept of “business for peace”. Sindyanna is the only certified fair-trade olive oil producer in Israel that operates among the country’s Arab population, bringing foresight, deep functional expertise, and a practical approach to build capabilities and deliver real impact.
From our center in Cana of Galilee near Nazareth, we export our fair trade EVOO worldwide. As we grow, we remain true to our starting point, by continuing to look for inspiration and challenge to our partners: small scale Arab producers and artisans, Arab women in particular.
Our organic olive oil, which won this prestigious award, was born on the hills of the Galilee and is the result of a social project called Oasis in Roha. In cooperation with other local organizations, and with the support of our Italian Fair Trade cooperatives, we transformed a defunct military firing range, which was unapproachable for many years, into Israel’s first flourishing Jewish-Arab organic olive grove.
We are very happy with every international and local award that attests to our kosher organic and extra virgin olive oils. Still, the best prize of all remains the highly gratifying experience of developing the local olive industry while enhancing the livelihood of Arab women and supporting opportunities for coexistence.
We thank you for your support and invite you to be part of our story.
Hadas Lahav – Manager
Sindyanna of Galilee