About Us

Olive Oil Lovers began in 2012 with a love, a passion - perhaps even an obsession - with olive oil. Today, we are the bridge between thousands of consumers and the world’s best olive oil producers.
A Passion For Olive Oil
Olive Oil Lovers began with a love, a passion - perhaps even an obsession - with olive oil. After living-in and traveling around the Mediterranean basin and partaking in the wonderful cuisines of the regions, each using copious amounts of locally-produced extra virgin olive oil, we realized there was a huge deficit for quality olive oil in the United States.
Educating Consumers
While the selection of olive oil is growing every year, there remains a long way to go in educating buyers and consumers alike to seek-out higher quality, beautifully fruity, genuine extra virgin olive oil. In addition, consumers who do seek out a better olive oil remain confused when staring at the wide selection of olive oils set before them in a store.
Doing Away With Confusion
Here at Olive Oil Lovers we aim to do-away with the confusion by not only offering a comprehensive selection of some of the best oils in the world, but to also provide you with the critical information necessary to help find the right oil for you. We’re not just an online store, but a platform where the olive oil novice and connoisseur alike can expand their knowledge and their palate.
Offering Something For Everyone
We understand that no two palates are alike and our ever-expanding line of olive oil is specially chosen to offer something for everyone. Whether it be a grassy, peppery Koroneiki from Crete; a softer, fruity Arbequina from Andalusia; or a powerfully pungent Moraiolo from Tuscany, we have the perfect olive oil just for you.
Selecting The Best Olive Oils In The World
Not only has every oil in our online olive oil shop been personally chosen for its outstanding quality, flavor and aromas, but also for the dedication and innovation of the producers who stand behind their products. For this reason we greatly value traveling to visit the passionate producers behind the oil. They walk us through their olive groves, sharing the history of their company and passion for olive oil; we observe their meticulous production methods from harvest to press; and of course, we sample their freshly-pressed olive oil as it pours out of the tap, partaking in the pleasure of tasting the final result of their hard work.
Our Team
Joanne Lacina
Founder & President
Joanne is a native Minnesotan who took off for Greece in her 20s and came back a business entrepreneur with olive oil in her veins. Since then she's traveled the globe to source the best olive oils, and in 2017 became the first person in the world to achieve a perfect score on what is considered the most challenging olive oil tasting proficiency test with Savantes.
Fun Fact
Joanne secretly aspires to direct music videos in her spare time.
Dylan Paul
Dylan read a book about olive oil in 2011 and soon thereafter moved to New Jersey where he stumbled into OOL as the first hire.
Fun Fact
Dylan left Michigan before he could learn to fly fish, which he is trying to make up for.
Sandy Plichta
Director of Sales & Marketing
Sandy is responsible for getting high quality olive oils into your local gourmet shop. Chances are she's been in or talked to that shop, but feel free to refer them to us as well.
Fun Fact
Sandy loves to travel and is always up for an adventure.
Bardh Poni
Warehouse Manager
If you've ever been lucky enough to see the inside of our warehouse, you likely gushed about how clean and organized it is. Seriously though - we've never seen a more perfect warehouse, and Bardh is to thank for that.
Fun Fact
Dig deep and you'll find out Bardh bleeds Manchester City blue.
Katie Gordon
Customer Care Specialist
Disney trained, Katie is our magical all-star customer care expert who has helped thousands find their first or 59th different olive oil. Chances are if you've had to reach out to us for anything, Katie has heard it, seen it or at the very least felt a disturbance in the force.
Fun Fact
Katie is an avid knitter and can spot what part of Jersey you're from in 1.2 seconds.
Denton Heaney
Content Producer
If you see a piece of text or watch one of our videos, Denton was probably the one putting it all together. Denton and Joanne are former coworkers at Cougar Television, The College of Charleston's TV Station!
Fun Fact
Denton has been a superfan of the Boston Celtics ever since he was a wee lad.
Emel Erkan
Office Manager
Emel keeps us stocked with office supplies while simultaneously handling shipping/receiving correspondence. Her smiling face greets every visitor :D
Fun Fact
Emel has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so don't piss her off.
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