Company was speaking at a presentation in Palma celebrating the firm's first decade. He congratulated Josep Oliver the President of the Quality Olive Oil Regulation Board for the sterling work undertaken by its 685 producers.
The Minister said that Oli de Mallorca had been pioneer in promoting local quality produce on Majorca and had been a key player in getting international recognition for the homegrown Balearic fine foods sector, conserving a centuries' old tradition.
When the company's production first started in November of 2002, only 35 percent of its olive oil was of sufficiently high standard to be categorised as a quality product but by last year, that percentage had risen to 56 percent. The improvement is significant, said Company, not just in quality but in sales.
Now almost 25 percent of the annual production of Oli de Mallorca is sold outside the Balearic Islands.
In September, a contest for making tapas dishes with quality olive oil Oleotapa will be one of several activities marking the first decade of production of Oli de Mallorca.