Regulation

LODO
Upstream since 1991

LODO, the evolution of L’Orciolo d’Oro, is the world’s oldest competition dedicated to Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), born from an idea by Marta Cartoceti in 1985 and organized since the 1st edition with her daughter Manuela Vigo.
 
Our strength lies in the continuity of family tradition.
 
We take pride in being the sole professional international context that has successfully conducted 33 consecutive editions.
 
Our history is defined by innovation and visionary outlook. Since our inception, we have consistently stood out for our independent and innovative thinking.
 
Today, we are the solitary international context that offers
FREE REGISTRATION.
 
The decision to provide complimentary registration is driven by our earnest desire to promote excellence by enabling EVOO producers worldwide to participate in an international context without any financial burden.
 
All participating companies and oils that have attained THREE ORCIOLI are eligible for inclusion in the fourth paper edition of LODO GUIDE 2025.
 
The fee for publication in the Guide amounts to €300 per company.
 
However, the Winners (The Faces of Oil and the Special Mentions) are granted complimentary publication.
 
All participants will receive banners certifying their achieved results (FINALIST, LODO’S SELECTION, or CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION), which can be shared on social media for increased visibility. These banners will be issued subsequent to a rigorous pre-selection conducted by the LODO Management.
 
Following the submission of oils, each company will receive relevant diplomas certifying their attained results.
The diplomas will be digitally dispatched between December 2024 and January 2025.
 
The scores obtained are valid for one year, and any promotional material will be dated 2025.
 
Lodo is a Qualifying Gourmet Project committed to promoting absolute quality, with a primary emphasis on the marketing of the product.
 
Our paramount objective is to identify, appreciate, and disseminate quality, as we firmly believe that this attribute is intrinsic and independent of the quantity of oil produced.
 
LODO, Upstream since 1991, promotes and organizes International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Selections for the 2023/2024 season.

REGULATIONS

ARTICLES INDEX

Art: 1 CONTEXT

The competition, open to producers, bottlers, individuals, or associations, is reserved for extra virgin olive oils classified as such based on parameters and rules established by the EU regulation.
 
The EVOO samples, admitted to the competition after sensory examination and documentation review by the Management, will undergo further sensory evaluation by an international panel of tasters registered in the lists of tasters established according to current regulations, belonging to various associations/delegations of tasters involved, from Italy and abroad.
 
Upon request of the Management or the Panel, the samples may be subjected, even only for certain parameters, to a chemical-physical examination at a laboratory chosen by the Management, which will bear the related costs.
 
The sensory analysis by the Management and the Panel is final and indisputable.
 
The Management ensures that the samples for taste selections and/or sent to the analysis laboratory will be made strictly anonymous according to ordinary procedures.
 
Received samples are stored in a dark environment at a constant temperature of 14/15 degrees Celsius to ensure their optimal preservation.
 
ONE STAGE dedicated to companies in the NORTHERN HEMISPHERE and those in the SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.
Opening on November 22, 2023, and closing on June 20, 2024.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE
Sensory analyses will be carried out upon the arrival of each sample to capture all the taste and olfactory nuances that an extra virgin can offer.
 
All participating samples, both from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, compete for the same Awards and Awards.

Art: 2 FORMAT

PRESELECTION – LODO’S SELECTION – LODEVOLE
 
An International Contest, an International Panel.
 
THREE SELECTION STEPS
 
PRESELECTION
The preselection will consist of identifying any defects in a sample, determining its consequent elimination from the competition.
Samples that have scored 88|100 or higher will advance to LODO’s Selection.
 
LODO’S SELECTION 88|100 – 94|100
Samples that score 95|100 or higher advance to the next phase.
 
LODEVOLE 95|100 – 100|100
Winners are determined in this phase.

Art: 3 CONCEPTION ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

The LODO Context is conceived, directed, and organized by Manuela Vigo and Vincenzo Federico Petisi.
LODO Management: Manuela Vigo and Vincenzo Federico Petisi.
LODO Panel Management: Manuela Vigo and Vincenzo Federico Petisi.
 
All evaluation sheets for the samples and reviews are exclusively drafted by the LODO Management.

Art: 5 GUARANTOR

Throughout the competition, LODO shall be the guarantor of compliance with the regulations in force and the principles inspiring the competition.

Art: 6 ENTRY

Registration is FREE and can be made
on the website www.lodo-guide.com through the REGISTER button.
Select the quantity of oils you wish to register by clicking on the number you are interested in (you can register up to 10 oils).
 
After registering, you will receive an email with a link to download the forms in editable PDF format: Company Sheet and Oil Sheet.
Once completed, you will have to send them to customer@lodo-guide.com.
The forms must be completed in block letters or digitally and signed.
In the case of participation with several samples, the Oil Sheet form must be downloaded and completed for each oil in the competition.
 
Completion of the entry authorises the management to publish the company and the data provided in the guide.

Art: 7 SHIPMENT – DOCUMENTS

Entrants entered in the Contest must send in the following from 1 December 2023 by 15 June 2024 at the latest
– 6 bottles of 0.500/0.750 litres of marketed oil per competition sample
 
TO THE ADDRESS:
 
LODO
VIA DEI FRANZONE 4
16145 GENOVA
ITALY
 
The following information material should be sent by e-mail to customer@lodo-guide.com :
 
– company logo
– texts
– photos
– label
– completed forms
– Copy of chemical analysis certificate
 
IMPORTANT:
The requested materials, specifically, LOGO, BOTTLE PHOTO, LABEL must necessarily be in high definition (PDF or vector) and must be received no later than 20 June 2024 or the sample will be excluded from publication in the guide.
No appeals or objections will be allowed.
 
The chemical analyses must contain the following parameters: oleic acidity, peroxides and polyphenols (polyphenols optional). Analyses must refer to the same batch as the sample submitted for the competition and may not be dated later than 180 days from the day of submission of the sample.
 
The Management declines all responsibility for any delay in the arrival of the samples, for alterations to the samples, for breakages or any other damage suffered during transport.
Shipping and customs clearance costs are the full responsibility of the participating companies.

Art. 8 REGISTRATION FEE

The registration fee for LODO – Upstream since 1991 is FREE.

 Art: 9 FEE FOR PUBLICATION IN LODO GUIDE

All participating companies and oils that have obtained THREE ORCIOLI may be published in the fourth printed edition LODO GUIDE 2025

The fee for publication in the Guide is €300 per company.

Winners (The Faces of Oil and Special Mentions) are published FREE OF CHARGE.

To proceed with registration for publication in the Guide CLICK HERE
Or select Competition from the menu and then REGISTER LODO GUIDE 2025

Payment can be made in the following ways
 BANK TRANSFER

PAYABLE TO:
LODO srl
IBAN: IT02P0538701436000004001113
BIC/SWIFT: BPMOIT22XXX

REASON FOR THE TRANSFER: COMPANY NAME, REGISTRATION FOR LODO GUIDE 2025
A copy of the bank transfer must be forwarded by email to customer@lodo-guide.com.
Bank charges are the full responsibility of the participating company.

CREDIT CARD (Apple pay)

Art: 10 EVALUATION SYSTEM

LODO EVALUATION
Our evaluation method is based on the comparative study of three factors:

  • Chemical Analysis
  • Sensory Analyses
  • Analyses of the cultivar(s) that most closely identifies or identifies with the characteristics of the cultivar(s), espousing the territory of vocation.

 
The technical evaluations in synergy with the QG (Qualifyng Gourmet) perspective identify the award-winning oils.
 
ONE ORCIOLO OTTIMO from 88 – 90
High quality, with a perfect balance between the various olfactory and gustatory aspects. Excellent regional representation.
TWO ORCIOLO ECCELLENTE from 91 – 94
Unique characteristics perfectly in harmony with the cultivar or the blend and the production area of the same. International olive growing excellence.
THREE ORCIOLO LODEVOLE from 95 – 99
It is one of the LODEVOLE identifying with the territory and cultivar(s) in an exciting and unique way. The ultimate in international olive growing representation.

Art: 11 AWARDS AND RECOGNISATIONS

“I VOLTI DELL’OLIO”
A prestigious photographic project, through which an internationally renowned photographer will portray the faces of the patrons of the award-winning companies.
The protagonists of “I VOLTI DELL’OLIO” are the Winners of the LODO GUIDE 2025 edition, who will be awarded a “ORCIOLO D’ORO”:

COMPANY OF THE YEAR
An all-round outstanding company.

OIL MILL OF THE YEAR
The mill that stands out for the production of the highest quality.

BEST LIGHT FRUITY
The best medium fruity as the ultimate expression of olfactory and gustatory sensations.

BEST MEDIUM FRUITY
The best medium fruity as the ultimate expression of olfactory and gustatory sensations.

BEST INTENSE FRUITY
The best intense fruity as the ultimate expression of olfactory and gustatory sensations.

BEST ORGANIC
The best organic as the ultimate expression of olfactory and gustatory sensations, for score and organoleptic characteristics.

BEST PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)
The best PDO in synergy with the cultivar and the territory, as the ultimate expression of olfactory and gustatory sensations.

BEST PGI (Protected Geographical Indication)
The best PGI in synergy with the cultivar and the territory, as the ultimate expression of olfactory and gustatory sensations.

BEST MONOCULTIVAR
The best monocultivar as the maximum expression of olfactory and gustatory scents, in synergy with the territory and the characteristics of the cultivar itself.

BEST BLEND
The best blend as the maximum expression of olfactory and gustatory scents in synergy with the cultivar and the territory itself.

BRIGHT MINDS AWARD
To the company that has distinguished itself for its dynamism and for being formed by promising young olive growers;
In addition to the award, the company receives a prize worth EUR 1,000 for a dedicated graphic design.

PINK PLANET AWARD
a prize awarded to a ‘female’ company that demonstrates that it carries out its work with courage and tenacity in a business environment that is not always favourable;
In addition to the award, the company receives a prize worth EUR 1,000 for a dedicated graphic realisation.

COUP DE COEUR AWARD
awarded to the company that has impressed us most during the 2023/2024 season;

GREEN & INNOVATION AWARD
awarded to the company for processing systems and special attention to the planet.

EXTREME CULTIVAR AWARD
Cultivar to be protected and defended as a unique and priceless heritage of mankind.

HEROIC OLIVE GROWING AWARD
The award is given to a company that has distinguished itself for its commitment and dedication in a heroic context.

OLIVE GROWING AWARD 2024:
Explosion and Kindness.
The cultivar that most impressed us in the 2023/2024 season.

GIANT STEPS” LODO
Artists of exceptional production at the tasting
It will be The Faces of Oil 2022-2023 and 2024 that will be the protagonists and official tasters who will decide which oil will be awarded this important prize.
An exceptional jury, the best producers in the world involved in the sensory evaluation of evo with the aim of getting to know the behind-the-scenes of LODO, the tools and systems of evaluation, experiencing first-hand all the responsibility that comes with being called upon to judge.
An award conceived to offer I Volti dell’Olio the opportunity to approach and discover new cultivars, new scents to spread the knowledge of EVO right from them.

LODO GOLD GENERATION AWARD
This award recognises the importance of keeping traditions alive and well, but at the same time values and rewards innovation and modernisation.

LODO VISION AWARD
“The ‘Vision Award’ celebrates the ability to see beyond the present, to imagine the possible, and to act in such a way as to realise that vision.

LODO SINFONIA AWARD
The ‘Sinfonia Award’ celebrates excellence in the world of oil, recognising those who, like the great masters of music, orchestrate a project that resonates with harmony, depth and majesty.

SUPREME AWARD
In a land rich in traditions and authentic flavours, the art of cultivation and processing plays a fundamental role.
The LODO SUPREMA AWARD was established to recognise those people and companies who, with passion and dedication, elevate this art to new levels.

SPECIAL AWARDS will be awarded LODE

The SPECIAL AWARDS are:

LODO C&D – LODO CONCEPT&DESIGN
The bottle, label and packaging that represent a style.

SUPERNOVA AWARD
Awarded to the company with a small production of excellence.

GIUSEPPE FONTANAZZA AWARD
Awarded to a company owner who is an ‘innovator in International olive growing’.

LODO TALENT AWARD
Great passion and dedication accompanied by sacrifice and hard work are the manifestation of great talent.

Art: 12. LQGP – LODO QUALIFYING GOURMET PROJECT

 The registration fee is €200 per company.

During the registration process, please select the option LQGP.

Payment can be made through the following methods:

BANK TRANSFER PAYABLE TO:

LODO srl

IBAN: IT02P0538701436000004001113

BIC/SWIFT: BPMOIT22XXX

REASON FOR PAYMENT: COMPANY NAME, LQGP REGISTRATION

A copy of the bank transfer must be forwarded via email to the address customer@lodo-guide.com.

Bank charges are fully borne by the participating company.

CREDIT CARD (Apple Pay)

Enrolling in the LQGP project gives all oils entered in the LODO competition that have scored 90|100 or higher the opportunity to participate in the selection for the following awards and all related recognitions, including a 1-minute reel and corresponding photos.

The selection will be exclusively curated by the LODO MANAGEMENT in synergy with the QG (Qualifying Gourmet) perspective.

All the aforementioned material will also be published on all official LODO social channels.
LODO will purchase from the winning companies of the RED CARPET AWARD, LODO SWEET, and THE CHEF’S CHOICE a total of 36 bottles of the respective oil that received recognition, which will be used by the relevant chef in the creation of the presented dish or, in the case of THE CHEF’S CHOICE, in their kitchen.

  • RED CARPET AWARD: The award is designed to highlight the best productions of EVOO in prestigious gastronomic settings. For the best Light, Medium, and Intense Fruity based on the LODO Evaluation system, three bespoke dishes will be created by three Michelin-starred chefs.
  •  THE CHEF’S CHOICE: High cuisine and the expertise of a gourmet palate represented by a multi-starred Chef, through a blind tasting, will choose from a selection of 12 oils in the 2023/2024 edition, the oil that will be awarded this prestigious recognition.
  •  LODO SOCIAL PROJECT: An exclusive FOOD SOCIAL communication and promotion project involving chefs and influencers. Special tailor-made recipes masterfully constructed and presented by social media protagonists to highlight oils and “LODO-branded” companies.
    PRESS AWARD: A super committee of journalists and gastronomic critics will taste a selection of 12 oils chosen in the 2023/2024 edition for the assignment of this important award.
  • LODO “SALTY” D’AUTHOR: The creativity of a renowned dough master for an author’s leavened product, an oil selected in the 2023/2024 edition, will be the protagonist of an “excellent savoury” creation.

Art: 13 AWARDS PRESENTATION DISTRIBUTION

The Recognitions and Special Awards will be presented and awarded during the award ceremony in September 2024.
Awards that are not collected can, upon request, be shipped, and shipping costs will be borne by the producer.
The publication LODO GUIDE 2025 will be marketed and distributed at
Major Bookstores
High-level Concept Stores
Online Bookstores (Amazon, Ibs)
Websites www.lodo-guide.com and www.lodoguidestore.com

Art: 14 AMENDMENTS

The Management reserves the right to amend this regulation at any time if deemed necessary.

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