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MARCO SCANU

Olive Oil Maker and Olive Oil Business Consultant, Marco is leading several olive oil projects all over the world. He gained his technical experience in the field of milling olives in Tuscany since he was seventeen years old. After qualifying in economics, he has been dedicated to agriculture and his passion: olive oils. He is an extra virgin olive oil taster and a professional olive oil maker since 2001. At that time he was leading the organic production of BIOLIVE, Argentina, running an orchard of 3,700 acres and a mill of ten tons per hour capacity. In 2006 he founded SCANU OLIVICULTORI, his olive business & consulting company, creating new extra virgin olive oils such us Olivos Patagonicos, D’Isola in Argentina, and was also the quality manager in Colinas de Garzon and Olivares de Rocha, Uruguay, and General Manager in Dievole, Tuscany, Italy.

SIMON FIELD

Simon Field, BA (Hons), MA (Cantab) founder and organiser of Savantes (www.savantes.com) and Olive Business (www.olivebusiness.com), is a producer of organic olive products and olive industry consultant. His tasting experience comes from travelling to growing regions worldwide and tasting thousands of olive oils at Savantes and in the company of some of the world’s leading tasters.

ERYN BALCH

Eryn Balch joined the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) as Executive Vice President in January 2012.  Formed in 1989 and headquartered in Neptune, NJ, the NAOOA advocates for global olive oil standards enforcement and fair competitive trade, as the U.S. is the largest importer of olive oil in the world. Other key activities include buyer, dietitian and consumer education and efforts to increase olive oil consumption in North America.  Promotions efforts focus on fostering a clear understanding of the different grades of olive oil and making consumers aware of the taste, versatility and health benefits of olive oils.

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CHEF OLLY ROUSE

Olly Rouse is one of a new breed of creative chefs who has an inspiring and original vision for modern fine-dining.

Head Chef at The Avenue in Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel near Winchester, Hampshire, Olly has a tireless obsession for seeking out ingredients he considers special and firmly believes that a chef is a ‘custodian of nature’s larder’. Olly is keen to celebrate British and grows his own produce in the hotel’s abundant kitchen garden; his menus are completely market-led and ingredient inspired. Olly is also on a never-ending quest to learn, discover and explore global flavours and techniques.

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BRIE THOMPSON

Brie Thompson is the proud co-founder of Olivelle in Bozeman, Montana. She is passionate about sharing her love for high quality extra virgin olive oils. In 2009, Olivelle started as a small retail boutique that features high quality extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars as well as herbs, spices, and fine ingredients. Since opening, Olivelle has expanded to dozens of stores across the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, Brie earned the title of Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for her success with Olivelle and its sister stores.