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At Canaan, we believe that quality is a journey that starts as early as the planting of the tree sapling, way before processing or even the harvest. We pride ourselves in going way beyond the traditional extra-virgin quality requirements. We follow strict, internationally-recognized processing standards. Moreover, to ensure the quality of the end product, we extend our monitoring to the fields to guarantee the quality of the input crops so we can control and monitor every element of the supply chain. The end product is not just extra-virgin, it's also organic, fair trade, and the best there is in olive oil.  


Below are some of the practices we implement to ensure the quality and nutritional value of our olive oil products:



  • Peak Harvest – Our Olives are harvested in late November when the weather is cool to preserve the flavor
  • Handpicked Olives – Olives are handpicked one by one to prevent damage to the fruit
  • Clean Olives – Farmers remove twigs and leaves to protect flavor 
  • From the Farm to the Press – Olives are transported in ventilated boxes and pressed daily to prevent fermentation and preserve freshness
  • Batch by Batch Inspection – Each batch is checked to ensure that only fresh, high quality olives are pressed



  • Pre-testing – Canaan purchasing officers perform on-the-spot, right at the press, chemical and organoleptic tests before accepting oil from farmers
  • Certifications – Each farmer’s oil is classified based on certifications and stored with oils with the same classification
  • Temperature – Olives are cold-pressed where temperature doesn’t exceed 27°C to preserve flavor and aroma
  • Filtering – Olive oil is filtered twice to remove impurities  


Quality Control:

  • Storage – Olive oil is stored in stainless steel tanks based on organoleptic classification and certifications at 16°C and equipped with auto nitrogen injection systems to maintain quality and taste
  • Testing – We do monthly acidity and peroxide tests as well as sensory (organoleptic) tests upon receiving the oil and before bottling for orders  
  • Re-testing – Upon order, and for each order, we redo the chemical and sensory tests
  • Bottling – Our food grade bottles are inspected prior to filling and bottled only upon order using nitrogen injectors on the filling lines to protect freshness