ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- There's olive oil, and there's award-winning, ultra-premium olive oil. It's that second category, along with olives, olive oil soap, olive cosmetics and other olive products, that consumers will find at the new OliveShop (http://www.oliveshop.com). Founded in the heart of the Mediterranean, OliveShop is an online olive boutique providing extra virgin olive oil, organic olive oil, gourmet olive products, and just about anything else produced by, or made from, the olive tree.
Olive oil, olives, and the tree that produces them have always been so beloved, so valuable, they are said to have been a gift from Gods. According to Mythology, in a contest to win the affections of the capital of Greece, two Olympian Gods, the god Poseidon (Neptune) and the goddess Athena (Minerva), presented the city with a unique gift. Poseidon gave the people a spring with salt water, on the Acropolis rock, while Athena gave them an olive tree. The olive tree was deemed more valuable, by the citizens, and the city was named after Athena.
It is only fitting, then, that OliveShop is based in Athens. In fact, Greeks consume over 26 liters of olive oil per person annually -- far ahead of Spain and even Italy, who follow at 14 liters. Greeks, such as OliveShop founder Kostis Stefanou, who knows very well about olive oil, are passionate about sharing the best olive oils and olive products with the world.
"At OliveShop, we have a strict policy of selecting only the highest-quality olive oils to sell globally," Kostis explained. "Every olive oil we collect must possess the available quality and organic certifications, and it must have won at least one large olive oil quality competition, such as the Mario Solinas Competition, the Biol International Olive Oil Competition, or the Kotinos Competition. Quality and customer satisfaction are simply our top priorities at OliveShop."
Those priorities result in a selection of products like the limited-edition Iris Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the multi-awarded Astarti Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil or the Liquid Gold 24 Extra Virgin Olive Oil, organic olive oil soap in Vanilla and Beeswax scent, premium olive oil collections in elegant wooden gift boxes, and much more. OliveShop offers a 15% discount to first-time customers by simply quoting the discount code OL1VE5HOP, and all OliveShop customers can earn Olive Points from the reward point system by making purchases and leaving reviews. The accumulated Olive Points can be used to obtain discounts on purchases, or gain free collectors' products.
"We are very excited to share such high-quality olive oils and olive products with the world," Mr. Stefanou stated. "OliveShop invites anyone who loves olives and olive oils, or who seeks multi-beneficial olive cosmetics, to explore our upscale online olive boutique."
Those who would like to learn more about the health and beauty benefits of olive oil and olive products can also visit the OliveShop blog at http://www.oliveshop.com/blog/. Gourmets and Mediterranean diet fans alike will appreciate the variety of olive recipes posted at the blog.
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