Toledo’s corporate history is directly related to the initiative of its founder and current President, Mr. Juan Rubio Navarro, who, in 1950, cultivates olive groves and raises a traditional crushing mill at Los Yébenes, in the heart of the Mountains of Toledo, starting trade operations of bulk olive oils throughout Spain.
In 2010, the company is present with its olive oils in numerous countries around the world. From our leading position in the Spanish local market as manufacturers, bottlers and suppliers of olive and vegetable oils, our tradition in the export bussiness has already cellebrated more than 25 years of trade and brand positioning in markets such as Japan, China, the U.S.A., Russia or New Zealand (in the picture below, images of container 200 kg drums loading at Los Yébenes old plant, destination C.C.C.P., late 1970's. Product: Refined Olive Oil for the fish canning industry).
Ever since the ancient times, Toledo's region has been able to produce extra virgin olive oil of exceptional quality, very well known among professional tasters of the Mediterranean as “Toledo Type”.
It is the flavour brought out by the Cornicabra olive variety, a wonderful fruit selectively nurtured in this land throughout times. By volume, Aceites Toledo is the leading company of the Denomination of Origin.
Olive cultivation was introduced in the region during the Phoenitian and Greek colonizations. At the time of the Catholic Kings, the agricultural vocation of the military orders encouraged the development of new farming techniques and trade markets. From those times, Encomienda of Monreal, belonging to the military Order of Santiago in between XII and XV centuries, is today’s Dehesa Monreal, owned by Aceites Toledo S.A. An evocative landscape at the feet of the old Monreal Castle, where beautiful centennial olive trees embrace the renowned wetland of Dehesa Monreal.
The first accounted olive oil exports from the Mountains of Toledo, in the modern times, went to France and England, at the end of the XVIII century. In the first decades of XIX c., an increase in the olive cultivated areas took place. Improvements in the yields by hectar and in the qualities of olives and resulting oils, placed the region amongst the best olive oil producing lands of its time.
The 1950’s enjoy a general activation of Spanish economy and industrial trade. New crushing mills are set and increasing investments are undertaken by regional companies such as Aceites Toledo, the leader ever since, whilst olive oil is placed as a basic product of the Spanish diet.
As of the early 1970’s, Toledo improves its packing plant at Los Yébenes, turning it into a highly efficient and exemplary operation for the times, with its own plastic manufacturing unit and highest capacity packing lines available.
In the 1980’s, a large complex for oil refining is set in Alcolea (Córdoba). As of December 2009, this refinery started producing 350 tons of oil per day.
Working as a subsidiary of the group, Refinería Andaluza S.A. has a large storage capacity of more than 20.000 tons, in addition to the 8.000 tons of storage at Los Yébenes plant in Toledo.
The past decades have seen important changes in the company, such as the official E.E.C. recognition of the Protected Origin Denomination “Montes de Toledo”, the vocation for the production and trade of organic olive oils, the use of technology in every area of the company, a permanent international stance in trade fairs and the continuous enlargement and improvement of Toledo`s industrial facilities to lessen operation costs and to best service its increasing clients around the world.
P.O.D “Montes de Toledo” protects the authenticity of our products.
Working with the native olive variety of Cornicabra ever since the 50’s, Aceites Toledo has explored the contrasts offered by sierra and valley groves of Toledo Mountains, in central Spain.
Known for decades as “Toledo Type”, this characteristic olive oil belongs to a tradition of olive trees that goes back to the mediterranean cultures that inhabited the Iberian peninsula: Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. Most favourable conditions of climate and soil are the exceptional
foundations of its quality, as well as its sole variety, the cornicabra, which originated in this region.
Our olive groves, most of them small, family-run farms, have limited productions (if compared to other olive areas of the Mediterranean), allowing the better care, the coddling of the fruit, to obtain one of the best quality extra virgin olive oils in the world.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Mountains of Toledo is obtained at low temperatures with the exclusive use of physical means, so that it preserves the natural aroma and flavour of the fruit, untouched.
Gastronomically is ideal in crude. Its delicate aromas enhance the natural flavour of salads, dressings and sauces. Dishes, roasts and stews are highlighted whilst they become healthier.
Olive Oils sheltered by the Protected Origin Denomination (P.O.D.) Montes de Toledo must abide by the demanding statutory provisions established by this official institution. Requirements to be met cover every stage in the production process: farming of the olive trees, harvesting and transport of the olives, cold-pressing, storage and packing of the oils. Organoleptic and analytical characteristics of every lot are controlled as well.
P.O.D Montes de Toledo guarantees, then, the origin of the product, which is its main differentiation characteristic, as well as its traceability.
Aceites Toledo is a key reference in Corporate Social Responsibility.
In 1974, Aceites Toledo voluntarily started a major program focused on the development of sustainable agriculture and the protection of the rural environment in the province of Toledo. Said project involved the purchase of the historical land of Dehesa Monreal and its castle (XI century), an agricultural complex of 2.000 hectars dedicated to olive trees and cereal cultivation where a large number of endemic and endangered species of fauna and flora where thriving to survive. From then on, a constant flow of revenues from the company have been dedicated to Dehesa Monreal, now a days one of the most important private reserves of Nature in the world meeting various Ramsar criteria and having received numerous recognition awards.
This corporate philosophy is not a current fashion or a politically correct approach. It Is a true statement, a major example of what man’s action can do with nature: respect and improvement that leads to economical, social and environmental dimensions worth pursuing in order to benefit the next generations from a corporate ethical framework.
We felt very proud when the Spanish Association for the Development of Corporate Funding awarded Aceites Toledo with the XIV AEDME Award to Environmental Policy and Corporate Social responsibility in the year 2.004, recognition that followed other given a year before by H.M the King of Spain to the founder of the Company, Mr. Juan Rubio Navarro, with the Fondena Award to Major
Achievements in Nature Protection. You can go to the Agro section (see above) for more details.
Industrial and packing operations registered under CEE ID number O77 and Spanish Health & Industrial Food Registry no. 16-161/TO add to a list of continuous and external quality certifications, panel tests and regulation compliances such as:
Certification System APPLUS+, ENAC Cert. 02/C-SC032 deals with Quality Certification Systems under norm ISO 9001:2000 and Environmental Management norm 14001:1996. The compliance with these norms constitute a public recognition of our quality standards, our compromise with the markets and a way to increase the image of the good benefits of quality practices around the world. Through specializaed inspection and certification controls, Applus+ Agroalimentario has maintained leadership in this field for more than 22 years of experience and services. Technology and analysis procedures (microbiology, physics, quemistry, sensorial grounds and genetics), deal with food security in all regards, guaranteeing a proper and responsible answer to the concerns of Society and Consumers in the field of Food and Agrobussiness security controls (residues, pesticides, contaminants…). Applus+ Agroalimentario certifies its System of Analysis and Prevention of Critical Points (APPCC) and Traceability, a service on strong demand by the distributors and retailers around the world as well as by companies such as Aceites Toledo, supporting the quality of our products by the certification of an independent institution.
SHC SOHISCERT. NOP. JAS.
SHC SOHISCERT, Control and Certification Society, authorized by the European Union with code ES-CM-01-AE for organic agriculture products, credits the productive system of Aceites Toledo with regards to the manufacturing of extra virgin olive oils originated by the organic agriculture. SHC issues JAS (Japanese Norm for the Organic Production) and NOP (Northamerican Norm for the Organic Agriculture), as well as corresponding certifications to the European Norm 2092/91 of the Council on organic production and its indication in agricultural products and foodstuffs.
SIC ORGANIC PRODUCTION.
SIC, Servicios de Inspección y Certificación, S.L., headquartered in Toledo city with rural extensions in Castille-La Mancha, is a control and certification institution authorized by the government of Castille-La Mancha. SIC issues product certifications upon UNE-EN 45011 norm, which is required by C.E.E. Reg. (CEE) 2092/91, with relation to organic production in agrofood, agro and stock breeding sectors. Product Certification System (S.C.P.) conforms to UNE-EN 45011-98, and it is based on regular inspections, samplings, visits to installations and other operations included in Guide ISO/IEC 53. It is, in fact, a very complete independent program for supervising, controlling and certifying the different procedures of the organic production independently.
Certification No. ER-228/2/28 upon requirements ot the standard UNE 66 902, ISO 9 002, EN 29002 Quality Systems. The Spanish organization dedicated to the development of standardisation and certification (S + C) in all industrial and service sectors. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement in quality and competitiveness of companies, and to environmental protection. It was designated to carry out these activities by Order of the Ministry of Industry and Energy, on 26 February 1986 in accordance with Royal Decree 1614/1985 and recognised as a standardisation body and to act as a certification body by Royal Decree 2200/1995, promulgated by Industrial Law 21/1992. Its presence at international forums, both European and American, guarantees Spanish participation in the development of standardisation and the international recognition of AENOR certification.
EQNET ISO 9001/ 2000.
Certification dated 1994/10/24 issued through AENOR was the first issued in Europe to a packer of vegetable oils. The European Network for Quality System Assessment and Certification is part of the IQNET, the International Organization for Standardization. Aceites Toledo is proud of our long standing commitment to quality and achieving true customer loyalty. Our Quality Management system address the requirements of this universally accepted standard. Through our registration audits, internal audit processes and many on-site customer evaluations, our Quality Management System has stood the test of time. The International Certification Network is formed by 38 partner organizations with more than 200 subsidiaries worldwide. IQNet supports the work of International organizations by its membership in the following organizations: IAF (Accreditation International), EA (Accreditation Europe), ISO/CASCO (Conformity Assessment) , ISO/TC 176 (ISO 9001) , ISO/TC 207 (ISO 14001) , QuEST Forum (TL 9000) , EFQM (Business Excellence) , CIES (The Food Business Forum) , GFSI Global Food Safety Initiative. IQNet partners certified more than 200'000 companies in 150 countries, i.e. about 30% market share worldwide. IQNet certificates enhance business performance and facilitate international trade.
Ecocert Control System.
Aceites ToledoŐs certificattion, no. CM-03/00-R1, was dated july 18th, 2001. ECOCERT SA is an inspection and certification body accredited to verify the conformity of organic products against the organic regulations of Europe, Japan and the United States. The ECOCERT mark is one of the leading international organic certification marks, enjoying a good reputation and trusted by both consumers and the organic industry. ECOCERT SA, with its operational office in Germany currently performs such inspection and certification services in some 70 countries outside the EU, on all continents. ECOCERT, is accredited according to ISO Guide 65 (equals to European Norm EN 45011) by COFRAC. COFRAC is member of EA (European Accreditation) and IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and thus an internationally recognised accreditation body. In the United States, ECOCERT is accredited to the NOP standard by the USDA and in Japan to the JAS organic standard by MAFF.
Inspection and certification is ECOCERT's contribution to create the confidence needed for the evolution of the organic market and to assure credibility in commercial exchanges. ECOCERT issues certification in Spain through Sohiscert, registered agency under ENAC Spanish National Entity of Certification.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point).
HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. The system is administered by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF), an advisory committee chartered under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and comprised of participants from the USDA (Food Safety and Inspection Service), Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the Department of Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service), the Department of Defense (Office of the Army Surgeon General), academia, industry and state employees. NACMCF provides guidance and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the microbiological safety of foods.
For over 80 years the Orthodox Union has maintained the highest standard of kosher supervision. The logo indicates that a product may be consumed by all those who observe kosher dietary laws, as well as by many others who have special dietary requirements, such as Moslems and Seventh Day Adventists. It also serves as a guide to millions of individuals who are vegetarian or lactose intolerant. But in the public eye it has come to mean far more. Today, manufacturers and consumers alike view the logo as an independent verification of quality, integrity and purity.
IOOC (International Olive Oil Council).
Olive oils produced by Aceites Toledo are set to the standards put into force by the IOOC, an organization funded by the EEC and producing countries of the Mediterranean area. Created as consequence of the entry into force of the 1956 International Olive Oil Agreement, the IOOC carries out a series of measures and activities aimed at applying the provisions of the Agreement. The 1986 Agreement amended and extended by the Protocol of March 1993 is the latest contribution to the organisation of the international market for olive oil and table olives. Two food standards have also been developed in close cooperation with the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission. These are the Codex standard for olive oils and olive-pomace oils and the Codex standard for table olives. International standardisation is a way of ensuring that the methods of analysis and control used on this basis cannot be questioned. At the same time it helps to avoid arbitration disputes between users of different standards. It therefore undeniably contributes to providing guarantees in international trade relations.
Montes de Toledo.
Protected Designation of Origin. As the leader packer of central Spain, Aceites Toledo benefits from the qualities of the cornicabra variety of oilve oil, grown in the region of Toledo under the P.D.O. The Regulatory Council for the Designation of Origin Montes de Toledo (Mounts of Toledo) Foundation is the quality control board for oils produced under this P.D.O. It was established in 1998 to protect and promote virgin olive oils produced in this area as well as to guarantee the consumer by means of its conformity label that they are produced according to the requisites defined in the European Registry of Protected Designations of Origin (Regulation (EC) No. 1187/2000).