Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence Seal for the most outstanding pumpkin seed oils in Styria was started in 2003. Each year the producers of pumpkin seed oil get together to determine the best oils produced. There is tough competition and only the best oil producers are awarded this seal every year.
Award Presentation – March 2013
The President of the Styrian Chamber of Agriculture, Gerhard Wlodkowski says: “There was a world record-breaking number of producer participants this year. He proudly presented the 2013 award-winning seal of excellence to 87% of competition participants. Wlodkowski goes on to say: “The Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil producers in this quality competition surpassed all the competitors from previous years in the quality of their product. As a result, their sales were excellent at home and abroad.”
Franz Labugger, the Chairman of the Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Association says: “The pumpkin seeds harvested last year were bulging abnormally because of the excellent weather conditions during the flowering period. This is crucial in order to produce excellent quality pumpkin seed oil. The weather during 2012 was challenging for producers because farms were affected by hail, drought and freezing. Fortunately, however, the flowering period was warm and dry, so the bees could pollinate the flowers more effectively. An ideal pollination is critical for a high seed quantity ratio per pumpkin."
In addition to the Seal of Excellence, there is another way for oil-lovers to identify the unique quality and recognized standard of Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil. This is the P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indication) label.
The pumpkin seed oil that Styrian Gold imports to Canada has both the Award of Excellence Seal and the Origin Protection (Protected Geographical Indicator or P.G.I.) label.
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President Gerhard Wlodkowski (right) and Francis Labugger, chairman of the Community Styrian pumpkin seed oil PGI (left) congratulate the successful award participants. Joan Frederick Dirnbauer Haindl and managed the award thirteen times already hurdles en suite. © LK / Rinner
Photo (Kristoferitsch): Landwirtschaftskammer-Präsident Gerhard Wlodkowski und Obmann Gemeinschaft Steirisches Kürbiskernöl g.g.A. Franz Labugger mit den prämierten Kernölproduzenten und Kernöl-Superstars Robert Majczan (links außen) und Paul Kiendler (rechts außen)