Who We Are
Aristoleo North America specializes in high phenolic extra virgin olive oil and works with Aristoleo Ltd., Cyprus to provide a selection of premium high phenolic olive oils , certified for phenolic content by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) at the University of Athens and for organoleptic analysis by Food Allergens Labs.
How are we different? We care about origins. We know our growers and follow these selected brands from grove to cart. These are olive growers who share in the growing community of producers that are changing their harvest times, agricultural and production methods to optimise the phenolic content in their premium extra virgin olive oil.
Aristoleo North America is the bridge between the olive groves of Greece and Cyprus to the online shopping cart and retail distribution in North America for the discerning health conscious consumer looking for natural foods with proven beneficial attributes for health and vitality.
We work with producers we know who provide exceptional quality premium olive oils for those looking for a trustworthy source of health-protective olive oil.
Aristoleo North America is the registered trade name under Artemis Alliance Inc. incorporated in Ontario in 2005.
How we got here from there.
Five years ago my life partner Athan Gadanidis and I went to Greece in search of the best olive oil for health. What we ended up finding were hundreds. Here's how that happened.
Athan found the research of Dr. Prokopios Magiatis and Dr. Eleni Melliou at the University of Athens on measuring the health promoting phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil using sophisticated Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). The team also invented an in-the-field "lab in a vial". It was during the crisis in Greece and research funds were dried up so my company, Artemis Alliance Inc., invested in the research for the patented Aristoleo® Test Kit. I wrote about it on Huffington Post, In Greece A Little Goes a Long Way.
EU Health Claim
The Magiatis/Melliou method was discovered in 2012, the same year that the EU brought out the Health Claim Labelling Regulation 432-2012 stating that olive oil with polyphenols of 250 mg/kg could put a health claim on the label. This essentially created a whole new category of olive oil. Over the past few years more and more producers are changing their harvest times and methods to increase the natural occurrence of phenolic compounds. Today there are an array of brands that are many times the polyphenol levels of the base health claim.
Clinical research into the health benefits of phenolic compounds, in particular oleocanthal and oleacein, only found in olive oil, have been on the rise with amazing results. As one of the key partners in the EU funded ARISTOIL Interreg MED Programme studying high phenolic olive oil, Aristoleo® Ltd. now works with hundreds of producers in many olive oil producing countries
Aristoleo Awards and Annual Conference
Aristoleo Awards for High Phenolic EVOO and Table Olives is an annual showcase for these emerging brands. Aristoleo also hosts an annual conference that has grown to include agro-ecology, sustainable agriculture and agro-tourism.
Aristoleo North America
Aristoleo North America is the Toronto based import company that is here to serve the Canadian and U.S. markets through its online store and to find other distribution channels for these many exemplary high phenolic extra virgin olive oils.