Why Colavita

Why Colavita Olive Oil—A Family Tradition

The Colavita family traces its roots to the small town of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, about twenty miles to the east of Campobasso in the Molise region of Italy. It was there, four generations ago, that Giovanni Colavita founded the family olive oil tradition and Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil was born.

Today, Giovanni Colavita’s great grandchildren continue the tradition of producing extra virgin olive oil and other specialty food products using the same knowledge and expertise handed down from their ancestors. From the Premium Italian line to the Premium Selection line and our World Selection line, Colavita has become recognized worldwide for its flavor and quality as a trusted family brand.

It all started when the Italian founders partnered with an American family to form Colavita USA, a brand committed to importing the best high-quality selection of food products for every family and dinner table. Colavita has been a leading specialty food brand in the United States for over 30 years, with its high quality selection of olive oils, vinegars, pastas, and other authentic specialty food products. Colavita is also the exclusive distributor for some of the top leading Italian brands in the United States. These include Perugina, Italy’s number one chocolate, Cirio, Italy’s leading canned tomatoes, and San Benedetto waters, Italy’s market leader in sparkling and natural bottled waters, as well as iced teas and soft drinks.


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