Olive oil, the “liquid gold” of the Mediterranean, has been used for thousands of years in cosmetics, for cooking, and as an offering to the gods. Our Community Fair Trade olive oil is hand-picked and cold pressed in the Cilento National Park in southern Italy

THE SUPPLIER

The members of the Nuovo Cilento cooperative make oil from an indigenous variety of olives, which they grow on land handed down to them through the generations.

THE COMMUNITY

Olive production in this area dates back to the Middle Ages, when Benedictine monks planted olive groves on the hillsides. The olives are still carefully cultivated and harvested by hand, and grown using organic farming methods.

GROWING BUSINESS

The World Wildlife Fund first introduced us to the pioneering work of the cooperative, and we made them our sole supplier of Community Fair Trade olive oil. Now they are one of the largest producers of olive oil in the area, boasting some 300 members cultivating 2,000 hectares of land.

DIRECT BENEFITS

In a remarkable story of success over adversity, the cooperative has gone from strength to strength, cutting out the middle-man to sell their olive oil directly to customers.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

In the Cilento Park, youth unemployment was reaching 40%, and many were leaving for the urban centres. However, in recent years the exodus from San Mauro Cilento has stopped, with some young people coming back to tend the olive farms, as the cooperative can offer a good price for good quality oil.

OUR ICONIC OLIVE OIL PRODUCTS

Summary

Who?

Nuovo Cilento Cooperative

Where?

Cilento National Park, Italy

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