TERMS AND CONDITIONS – By submitting an entry and sending samples to participate in the Brazil International Olive Oil Competition BRAZIL iOOC each Contestant agrees to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Applications will be valid subject acceptance of the Terms and Conditions, indicating that the Contestant has read, understands, and agrees to these Terms and Conditions.
ELIGIBILITY – Individual olive oil producers, Cooperatives/Associations of olive oil producers, and authorized olive oil distributors are eligible to participate as Contestants in the BRAZIL iOOC. Only extra virgin olive oils may be entered into the Contest. The same Contestant may submit more than one brand of extra virgin olive oil. By entering an olive oil in the BRAZIL iOOC, the Contestant warrants that they are in possession of full ownership of the olive oil and all intellectual property associated therewith, including the brand name, packaging, and any other intellectual property right associated with such olive oil.
ONLINE REGISTRATION – All Contestants must complete and submit an online entry form to the BRAZIL iOOC . Upon submitting the entry form and paying the entry fee, each Contestant will receive an e-mail Containing an entry confirmation.
ENTRY FEE – The entry fee per olive oil entry:
– for entries submitted until 20th March 2019 is US$ 240.00;
– for entries submitted from 21st March 2019 to 05th June 2019 is €340.00.
– In case of more than one entry, the Contestant shall be entitled to the benefit of a 20% discount on the actual fee for every other.
Registration can close at any time without notice. All payments must be made online using PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or Stripe. Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances.
SAMPLES – Each Contestant must send three (3) separate samples of each submitted olive oil. Each sample must be submitted in its normal retail packaging. This rule applies to all entries, irrespective of the normal packaging size of the sample (i.e., regardless of the sample size, 250 ml, 1,000 ml, or any other size, the Contestant must submit three (3) samples). Once received by the BRAZIL iOOC, samples will be masked with opaque wrapping and assigned a random code so as to ensure anonymity during sensorial judging.
The BRAZIL iOOC recognizes the world’s best olive oils that are produced in quantities to reach a significant number of consumers. Therefore, it is recommended, but not required, that participants produce a batch of at least 1,000 liters of any submitted sample. The BRAZIL iOOC reserves the right to have a third party olive oil chemistry testing provider perform chemical tests on any samples submitted to determine and evaluate the quality of such a sample. In the event that a sample fails any such chemical test, the sample will be disqualified, the Contestant will be notified in writing of the disqualification, and, upon written request, the BRAZIL iOOC will provide the Contestant a copy of the test results. Testing fees are not refundable under any circumstances.
DEADLINE – Samples after 05th June 2019 will not be eligible for judging in the BRAZIL iOOC. Samples that are not timely received will not be returned to the Contestant.
BROKEN SAMPLES – Contestants are responsible for packing their samples in such a way as to prevent breakage during transit. If the BRAZIL iOOC receives a sample that is broken, the BRAZIL iOOC will use reasonable efforts to promptly notify Contestant of the broken sample. A contestant will be required to re-send any broken sample (or samples) at its own expense. The above-stated deadline will be applicable to any re-sent samples as though the initial, broken sample, had never been received by the BRAZIL iOOC.
The BRAZIL iOOC will not be liable for any failure to timely notify a Contestant of a broken sample.
The BRAZIL iOOC will not be liable to any Contestant for any loss or damage to any sample, whether or not such damage occurs while such a sample is in the BRAZIL iOOC possession, and irrespective of whether such damage or loss occurs prior to, during, or after the BRAZIL iOOC. In the event that a sample is lost or damaged for any reason, the contestant will be required to submit a replacement sample at its own expense.
SHIPPING AND RECEIVING – The BRAZIL iOOC will not be responsible for any customs charges or ensuring compliance with any laws, rules, or regulations related to shipping goods in international commerce. Contestants will bear the risk of loss of any samples in transit, and Contestants shall be solely responsible for ensuring that samples are received by the BRAZIL iOOC.
Shipping costs will not be refunded by the BRAZIL iOOC under any circumstances. The BRAZIL iOOC will use reasonable efforts to confirm the receipt of samples from Contestants.
CERTIFICATION – Organic olive oil entries must be accompanied by organic certification. If proof of organic certification satisfactory to the BRAZIL iOOC in its sole discretion is not received by the BRAZIL iOOC prior to the established deadline, the sample will be judged in the non-organic category.
JUDGES’ DECISIONS ARE FINAL – The decisions of the judging panel, its chairman, and the BRAZIL iOOC president are final. Judges are not affiliated with the BRAZIL iOOC and are comprised of independent industry-recognized experts in their particular discipline. At the discretion of the BRAZIL iOOC, any particular Contestant may receive a summary of the judges’ assessment of its olive oil entry.
PUBLICATION OF RESULTS – The results will be announced and certified only by the president of the BRAZILiOOC and the jury chairman. The BRAZIL iOOC will use reasonable efforts to avoid disclosing the scores of non-winning samples, but the BRAZIL iOOC makes no guaranty that such scores will remain confidential. All results are final.
PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION – By submitting an entry to the BRAZIL iOOC, each Contestant hereby grants a perpetual, royalty-free license to the BRAZIL iOOC to use winners’ names, likenesses, recordings (whether audio or visual), and other information submitted to the BRAZIL iOOC, as well as images and information related to such Contestant’s olive oil entry, for advertising, promotional and educational purposes without any compensation to the Contestant.
OWNERSHIP OF ENTRIES – Each Contestant hereby assigns ownership of all samples submitted to the BRAZIL iOOC and the associated right to publicize such samples, with the understanding that all such entries will remain the property of the BRAZIL iOOC before, during, and after the competition. For clarity, the BRAZIL iOOC does not purport to own the intellectual property in the samples submitted to it by Contestants. Contestants shall be solely liable for any claims arising out of or relating to any samples submitted to the BRAZIL iOOC.
RETURN OF SAMPLES – Submitted samples will not be returned to Contestants before, during, or after the competition for any reason, except in the BRAZIL iOOC’s sole discretion.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY – The BRAZIL iOOC will not be responsible for lost, interrupted, or unavailable communications, network servers, or other connections, or failed telephone communications, computer transmissions, or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic.
The BRAZIL iOOC assumes no responsibility for any error, defect, delay, theft or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries.
Subject to applicable law; if for any reason, including, but not limited to, by reason of acts of God, wars, acts of terrorism, revolution, civil commotion, acts of public enemy, embargo, acts of government in its sovereign capacity, labor difficulties, or any other circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the BRAZIL iOOC, the BRAZIL iOOC is not capable of operating the competition as planned, the BRAZIL iOOC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, and the BRAZIL iOOC shall not be liable for any losses, causes of action, claims, or damages arising from any such cancelation, termination, modification, or suspension.
EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY – The BRAZIL iOOC makes no representations or warranties as to the quality, suitability, or merchantability of any of the goods or services offered as awards or submitted to the BRAZIL iOOC.
Except as prohibited by law, the BRAZIL iOOC shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered or sustained by any Contestant or any third party for any reason (including, but not limited to, consequential loss, loss of revenue, loss of profit or economic loss), including for personal injury or property damage suffered or sustained, as a result of participation in the competition, the use of any award, or the failure to win or receive an award for any reason.
Each Contestant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the BRAZIL iOOC from and against any and all liability, cost, loss, damages, or expense, including, but not limited to, for personal injury or damage to property arising out of or relating to such Contestant’s participation in the BRAZIL iOOC or acceptance of any prize or award, and whether such liability, cost, loss, damage, or expense is direct, indirect, consequential, foreseeable, due to some act or omission of the BRAZIL iOOC, or otherwise.
Each Contestant (and any employee or agent of any Contestant) may be required to sign and return any liability release provided by the BRAZIL iOOC or its contractors as a condition of participating in the BRAZIL iOOC. Failure to return any signed release will result in a disqualification of Contestant from the competition.
The BRAZIL iOOC may disqualify any Contestant from participating in the competition at any time and for any reason, and each Contestant agrees and acknowledges that the BRAZIL iOOC will not be liable for any loss, cost, damages, or expenses incurred by any such disqualified Contestant under any circumstances.
AWARD LABELS – Winners will be permitted to order adhesive labels only through the BRAZIL iOOC’s approved vendor(s). Award stickers are available to order until 20th September of the competition year. Winning Contestants will be permitted to affix the award logo labels only to bottles containing the same oil, same harvest, and packaging as the winning sample. Any other use of the BRAZIL iOOC award logos or other BRAZIL iOOC intellectual property is strictly prohibited.
TROPHIES/AWARDS/CERTIFICATES – Award trophies are not included in the entry fee. Trophies can be ordered by verified winners on the BRAZIL iOOC website immediately following the competition for a period of ninety (90) days. Contestants are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining, publicizing, or using any trophy or award, including any taxes or other fees as may be charged to any Contestant in relation to such trophy or award.
CONTACT – For any questions, a Contestant may have regarding the BRAZIL iOOC, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org