Olive oil with protected geographical indication
«This is going to mean a leap in quality of olive oil produced in Ibiza», predicts Mariano Tur, the president of the Agrupació de Defensa Vegetal i Sanitària de l’Olivar d’Eivissa (Group for the Vegetal and Sanitarian Defence of Ibiza’s Olive Groves). This group, which is currently comprised of up to 19 olive oil manufacturers, has 66 associates that collectively own 107 hectares of olive orchards and has 27,000 olive trees registered. The estates or brands integrated into this agricultural association are: Balanzat, Can Caus, Can Domo, Sa Talaia, Can Maymó, Can Andreu, Oli Salada, Can Garrovers, Oliada, Es Pla de n’Ortiz, Can Miquel Guasch, Cas Gasi, Oilibera, Can Cosmi, Can Rich, Joan Benet, Cas Coix, Can Nefra and Can Partit. Last January, this agricultural body started the process with the Government of the Balearic Islands to obtain the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Aceite de Ibiza/Oli d’Eivissa for the products produced and packaged by its associates. As a result, on 1 June the olive grove register was started, a procedure that will culminate in October, and at the end of which, it is expected that the olive mills of Joan Benet, Can Miquel Guasch, es Trull de Sant Joan and Can Rich can obtain the registration as future bottlers of PGI Aceite de Ibiza (olive oil from Ibiza), permitting all island producers that comply with the PGI standards and authorised varieties to incorporate the official seal on their products. The Group is reaching out to all producers that wish to supply their products to the next olive pressing campaign to register free of charge (firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 608672839) indicating their plot and number of olive trees by variety and age, to obtain olive oil for self consumption. Ibizan olive farmers are confident that obtaining the PGI will boost the export of olive oil, a product that is characterised by its high quality and low acidity.