May 31, 2024

A Med Month Finale and Olive Day Launch

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A Med Month Finale and Olive Day Launch

Mediterranean Diet Month

In Celebration of Mediterranean Diet Month, James Beard Award finalist, restauranteur, and Sylvia Center board member Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja has created a warm and comforting Mediterranean "girl dinner" with Divina Dolmas, Roasted Peppers, and fresh marinated tomatoes. Stick around until the end of the video for a surprise cocktail! 

"Now what's girl dinner? In my opinion, girls should eat what they want for dinner." 



A longtime partner of ours, the Sylvia Center is a local organization that seeks to create healthy communities through the power of cooking. Their mission is to educate young people and families through culinary programming to promote health and well-being. Ayesha Nurdjaja is a member of the diverse group of industry leaders who make up the Sylvia Center Board of Directors. She is also Executive Chef and Partner at New York City Mediterranean restaurants Shuka and Shuketta. 

National Olive Day

It's our favorite time of the year! As we transition from Mediterranean Diet Month to National Olive Day on June 1 (a holiday we invented!), we celebrate an essential element of Mediterranean cuisine: the olive. 

Did you know?

  1. Olives are a fruit.
  2. Around 80% of olives harvested are used for olive oil production.
  3. There are hundreds of olive varietals. A few of our favorites are the Castelvetrano, the Kalamata, and the Mt. Athos Green Olive.
  4. Many variables affect the taste and texture of an olive: terroir, varietal, maturity at harvest, and curing style to name a few!

Celebrate Mediterranean Diet Month and National Olive Day with these Mediterranean-inspired recipes.

April 22, 2024

Happy Earth Day!

Posted in: Holidays, Mediterranean Diet

Happy Earth Day!

While autumn is the optimal time to plant an olive tree, they can also be planted in the spring – perhaps as a part of an International Earth Day Celebration! In autumn of 2022, we accompanied one of our Kefalas Village farmers to plant new trees in an organic Kalamata olive grove just outside of Sparta.

After preparing the earth, we gently removed the saplings from their pots and settled them into the ground. We then watered the saplings, prompting the growth of an extensive root system that anchors the tree to the earth and effectively pulls up nutrients and water into the tree for use. These trees will start producing olives in the next few years and for the next few generations. 

We continue to be impressed by the ways olive groves inherently support our sustainability initiatives, a healthy planet, and a brighter future. Today we'd like to honor and celebrate olive groves for providing home to flora and fauna, livelihood for farmers and delicious olives for our tables. 

We hope you may include olives in your celebration today too!

January 29, 2024

That’s a Wrap for Winter Fancy Food Show 2024

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That’s a Wrap for Winter Fancy Food Show 2024

If you visited our booth at Fancy Food Show, thanks for stopping by! If you weren't able to make it, here's a review of some of our exciting new products we debuted at the show. 

On-the-Go Olive Snack Packs

Our new grab-and-go olive snack packs are hand-picked in Greece and packaged brineless for a mess-free, 50 calorie snack. Offered in classic pitted green or marinated with lemon and garlic, there are six individual snack packs in every bag. 

Italian Crisps

Our buttery and savory Italian Sea Salt Crisps and Rosemary Crisps are oven-baked and ready to elevate your cheese plate. Cross-merchandise with your top-selling Divina specialty products, like spreads, deli cups, and more. 

Greek Honey

The vibrant and bright amber color of our Greek wildflower honey immediately prepares you to be wowed and wooed by its intense floral aroma and soft, sweet flavor profile. Packed in a 1.05 glass jar, our honey is the perfect size for restaurant table service, airlines, and grab-and-go meal kits. 


Interested in learning more? Contact your FOODMatch sales representative or reach out to [email protected]

November 03, 2023

Olive Trees Can Impact Climate Change

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Olive Trees Can Impact Climate Change

In October, the International Olive Council gathered farmers, scientists, corporate leaders and policymakers together to bring awareness to an exciting potential benefit of beloved olive groves: mitigating climate change. 

When sustainable farming practices are in place, the council’s research shows that olive groves can become carbon sinks, effectively absorbing more carbon dioxide than they release in the production of olive oil. Forests around the world are also frequently lauded as carbon sinks, but olive trees are especially impressive climate warriors because they can grow in extreme climates and often thrive on rainwater alone. 

FOODMatch has had a close relationship with olive farmers since its inception in 1996. We continue to cultivate that relationship as we work directly with farmers on a commitment letter detailing best farming practices in the grove. These practices not only support local biodiversity and reduce impacts of flooding, but also will ensure our groves are doing all they can in the fight against climate change. 

From Grove to Table® FOODMatch strives to bring you products that both taste delicious and you can feel good about eating. 

For more information, visit the source article from The Olive Oil Times.

October 18, 2023

The Calabrian Chili is a Hot Ingredient

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The Calabrian Chili is a Hot Ingredient

Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council has released their ninth-annual trends prediction report, and this year’s is hotter than ever. Predicting a trend towards “Complex Heat” created with global hot peppers, the council has featured one of our absolute favorite ingredients, the Calabrian chili pepper. Divina offers this versatile ingredient in both retail and bulk packaging, whole or chopped, packed in a delicious spicy oil that is excellent for repurposing into dips, sauces, or dressings or simply to sauté with or drizzle atop a dish for some added complexity and heat. 

Some fun facts about Divina’s Calabrian chili peppers:

  • Officially named Peperoncino Calabrese, Calabrian peppers come from the Calabria region of Italy, where they have been cultivated since the 16th century. Calabria’s optimal climate and clay-rich sandy soil promote the growth of top-quality chili pepper crops.
  • The growing and harvest season typically culminates in late summer.
  • Calabrian chilis typically rank from 20k – 40k on the Scoville scale (around 10x hotter than a jalapeno pepper).

Learn more about Divina bulk Calabrian chili peppers for foodservice, deli programs, or grocery pack-out:

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