Who we are

The second-tier cooperative society Oleoestepa is a company founded in 1986, which produces and markets extra virgin olive oil.

Currently this cooperative group brings together more than 6,500 farmers working over 60,000 hectares of olive groves, representing an ecosystem of more than 7 million olive trees cultivated using integrated production techniques to guarantee their sustainability.

Cold extracted extra virgin olive oil is produced by the 18 associated oil mills located in the provinces of Seville and Córdoba. The oil is marketed under the Oleoestepa brand in its Hojiblanca, Arbequina and Selection, Estepa Virgen and Egregio (organic) varieties and the company operates throughout the national territory, also exporting to practically all the countries of the European Union as well as the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Canada and the United States, among other countries.

Philosophy and values

Oleoestepa’s mission is to market all the olive oils produced by the associated oil mills, distinguishing itself by achieving top efficiency and exceeding the expectations of our customers. This is how it pursues its ultimate goal, serving and satisfying the needs of oil mills and associated farmers, providing them with sustained profitability.

Our vision is to make Oleoestepa a benchmark of quality for the producers and marketers of extra virgin olive oils the world over, valuing our output and making our farms profitable.

The values underpinning Oleoestepa’s actions are based on:

  • Customer orientation. At the centre of our attention, we seek to ensure customer satisfaction and exceed their expectations.
  • Sustainability, Health and Safety. Permanent compliance with all legal requirements underpinning our Quality and Environmental Management System, and ensuring our business strategy dovetails with the preservation of our environment.
  • Ethical conduct. We act with professionalism, moral integrity, loyalty and respect for people.
  • Innovation. We promote continuous improvement and innovation throughout the process from the olive farms to the points of sale, in order to achieve the highest quality of our products and services based on profitability criteria.
  • Social Commitment. Due to the economic, social and cultural importance that the olive grove sector represents for our environment, Oleoestepa works to help its neighbouring community develop and grow. This unwavering commitment is integral to its strategic decision-making processes.

History

  • Creation of Oleoestepa SCA, a union of 14 cooperatives.
1986

Premios

  • First Prize for Best EVOO at EXPOLIVA
1991
  • Incorporation of Cooperativa Pontanense (Puente Genil) to Oleoestepa SCA
1993
  • Inauguration of new facilities, with an industrial plant, laboratory and tasting panel.
1995
  • Incorporation of Cooperativa La Inmaculada de la Roda de Andalucía to Oleoestepa SCA
  • Lanzamiento imagen abuelo y nieta en gama de aceites Oleoestepa

Premios

  • Premio Mejor AOVE España. MAGRAMA
1999
  • Incorporation of Cooperativa Arbequisur to Oleoestepa SCA
2001
  • Start of Integrated Production Certification

Premios

  • Prize for Best Spanish EVOO MAGRAMA
2002
  • Start of Environmental Management Certification ISO:14001
  • The study carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) ranks Oleoestepa’s products as the best extra virgin olive oil

Premios

  • First Prize for Best EVOO at EXPOLIVA
2003
  • Constitution of Estepa Protected Designation of Origin
2004
  • Expansion of facilities.
2005

Premios

  • Prize for Best Spanish EVOO MAGRAMA
2006
  • The study carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) ranks Oleoestepa’s products as the best extra virgin olive oil
2007
  • Start of ENAC Oleoestepa Laboratory Certification, for oil and olive analysis
  • Lanzamiento gama premium ESTEPA VIRGEN
2008
  • Start of Food Industry Certification IFS and BRC.
  • Recognition of Estepa PDO by the EU
2010
  • Start of Organic Production Certification
  • KOSHER product certification
  • Lanzamiento EGREGIO, propuesta ecológico premium
2011
  • The study carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) ranks Oleoestepa’s products as the best extra virgin olive oil
2012

Premios

  • First Prize for Best EVOO at EXPOLIVA
  • First Prize for Best EVOO Mario Solinas COI
2013
  • Incorporation of Cooperativa de San Juan (Villanueva de San Juan) into Oleoestepa SCA (17th).
  • Proveedor oficial de líneas AVE y Larga Distancia España
  • Official provider of the Spanish Paradores Network
  • Official provider of Top Chef Spain program
2014
  • Official provider of Top Chef Spain program

Premios

  • Prize for Best Spanish EVOO MAGRAMA
  • First Prize for Best EVOO at EXPOLIVA
  • Best of Class (Mejor de su categoría) Los Angeles EVOO Competition
  • Gran Premio Olive Japan
  • Gold Award NY Competition
  • Premio mejor AOVE ecologico BIOFACH
2015
  • Launch of Oleoestepa Organic
2016
  • NON-GMO Product Certification
2017
  • The Junta provincial government recognises Oleoestepa as the first Agrifood Priority Associative Entity of Andalusia
  • Oleoestepa joins the Comprehensive Sustainability Decalogue maintained by the Agrifood Industry
  • Start of works to expand industrial plant
  • The study carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) ranks Oleoestepa’s products as the best extra virgin olive oil
2018
  • Oleoestepa is first olive company to obtain the IQNet SR10 Certificate for social responsibility management
  • JASS organic production certification
  • Renovación imagen de portafolio de producto
2019
  • Inauguration of newly-expanded industrial plant
2020

Governing bodies

Assembly

The partners participate directly in the management of the cooperative through  various management bodies. One of them is the General Assembly, the highest representative body of Oleoestepa. Amongst its  functions is the requirement to appoint the Permanent Council and the President. In  2020, the General Assembly ratified the Governing Council and the President of Oleoestepa, Jesús P. Juarez Martín.


Governing Council

Between the assembly and the managing direction, this body is in charge of ensuring its proper functioning. They are the representatives of
the members of each of the associated cooperatives, ensuring the rights of members are respected and the cooperative is correctly governed.

General management

The steering committee is headed up by the managing director, Álvaro Olavarría, in charge of coordinating the different areas of activity undertaken by the cooperative.

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