Italica Olive Oil is distributed by Scarsdale, New York-based Italica Imports, a division of Cory International Corp. For three generations and more than 70 years, this family-owned business has been one of North America's largest importers, packers and distributors of olive oil and olives (through the Tee Pee Olives unit and our food service subsidiary, H.B. Hunter Co.).
With 188 million olive trees under cultivation, Spain is the largest producer of olives and olive oil in the world. Spain accounted for 36 percent of world production in 2005, followed by Italy with 25 percent and Greece with 18 percent. Spain's harvest in the current crop year is 823,000 tons, according to Asoliva, the Spanish association for olive oil producers and exporters. The spread of healthier eating habits in the United States is fueling olive oil sales. Figures from the International Olive Oil Council, which is based in Madrid, show that annual world consumption of olive oil has jumped to 2.8 million tons from 1.7 million tons in the last 15 years.
The exportation of Spain's olive oil has been an ongoing trade activity since the days of the Roman Empire. Italica Brand Olive Oil derives its name from the ancient Roman province of southern Spain called "Italica." Just as the Romans treasured the qualities of Spanish olive oil, so do the modern "Romans" who account for almost 60% of all Spanish exports of olive oil. Interestingly, much of the olive oil exported to the United States by Italy is re-packed Spanish olive oil.
Italica’s partner in Spain for producing and packaging olive oil was founded in 1840 and specializes in the production, refining, packing and exporting of olive oil to more than 70 countries worldwide. They are ranked among the top five olive oil producers in the world.
Lucy Landesman was named the first female president of Italica Imports and Tee Pee Olives in 2004. She has brought renewed energy to the brand through innovations focusing on heart health with products such as the recently introduced Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil enriched with Omega-3. Under Landesman's leadership, Italica's continuous research and development has also yielded a line of organic olive oils and olives, with more heart-healthy innovations to come.
Tee Pee Olives/Italica Imports is a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which requires at least 51% ownership by one or more women, as well as the American Food Institute (AFI). Italica Imports is also ISO Certified to produce Kosher products, and is soon to be certified as USDA Organic.
Quality and innovation are a tradition nearly as old as the city of Italica itself.