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July 12, 2011

Northern California Family Farmer Wins Big at Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition


Pacific Sun Gourmet’s extra virgin olive oil named ‘Best of Show’ at prestigious contest

Gerber, Calif. (July 13, 2011) – Pacific Sun Gourmet proudly announced that three of its extra virgin olive oils received high honors from judges of the 2011 Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition. The event, which took place July 1-4, was chaired and judged by trained olive oil taste panel members, using a 100-point system adapted from the International Olive Council's Mario Solinas form.

Show judges named Pacific Sun’s Proprietor’s Select Ascolana Extra Virgin Olive Oil “Best of Show” in the extra virgin olive oil division as well as “Best of Class” in the Ascolano olive category. Other winning titles included “Best of Class” for Pacific Sun's Eva’s Blend Manzanillo Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Pacific Sun’s Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, along with a silver medal for Pacific Sun’s Tehama County Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

“Napa Valley is world renowned as an epicurean paradise and the entire Pacific Sun Gourmet family is beyond proud at being recognized with Best in Show and Best in Class awards at such an important event,” said Brendon Flynn, Pacific Sun Gourmet general manager.

Since 2003, Pacific Sun has earned a total of 27 gold medals, 14 silver medals and two bronze medals from prestigious olive oil competitions such as the Yolo County Fair, the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, and the California Olive Oil Council Competition.

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About Pacific Sun Gourmet

Pacific Sun Gourmet is a woman owned, family operated business that is part of Pacific Farms & Orchards, Inc., a third-generation family farm that has been owned and operated by the Flynn family in Tehama County, Calif., since 1952. Mrs. Flynn raised six children on the farm before becoming a "farmer by default" after her husband's untimely death in a plane accident in 1986. She felt a responsibility to the men who worked for her husband and her family to keep Pacific Farms going. Pacific Farms now employs 25 year-round dedicated individuals who have an average tenure close to 15 years. In addition to producing award-winning extra virgin olive oils and providing turnkey services for olive oil production, Pacific Farms produces orchard crops such as prunes, walnuts, almonds, and olives. More information can be found at www.pacificsunoliveoil.com.

Media Contact:

Brendon Flynn

(530) 385-1475

bflynn@pacificfarms.net

Leslie Stone

(530) 385-1475

lstone@pacificfarms.net