AOOPA Mission Statement

To promote growth for the American olive oil industry, create fair access to global markets, and ensure the integrity and quality of olive oil for all consumers.

Founded in 2012, the American Olive Oil Producers Association is the unified voice for American olive oil producers and their state associations. AOOPA advocates in Washington, DC, state capitols and with partners around the world for policies for fair global market access for all producers; to support effective testing, standards and regulations; and to promote education about the quality and culinary and health benefits of olive oil.

AOOPA Board of Directors

Kimberly Houlding, President & CEO AOOPA
Jim Lipman, Chairman California Olive Ranch
Patrick Ricchiuti, Vice Chairman Enzo Olive Oil Company
Michael Paz , Secretary Texana Olive Ranch and Texana Brands
Kyle Sawatzky, Treasurer Bari Olive Oil Company
Conor Churchin Boundary Bend Olives - Cobram Estate
Larkin Harman River Grove Ranch
Dan Kennedy Kennedy-Couto Partnership
Cliff Little Corto Olive Company
Matt Lohse Big W Ranch
Tommie Williams Terra Dolce Farms
Board Vacancy

Become a Member

Producer Membership
Any individual or business entity that is actively engaged in the domestic growing of olives for the production of olive oil.

Processor Membership
A processor or handler is any individual or business entity that is actively engaged in the milling of domestically grown olives for the production of olive oil and who may also be engaged in the marketing of the olive oil for producers.

State Association
Any non-profit entity established to organize and represent olive oil producers in a specified state

Support Member
Any individual or business that is supportive of the domestic olive oil industry

Please contact the AOOPA for the appropriate membership application. All applications are subject to approval by the Board of Directors. Memberships are paid on an annual basis. Anyone interested in joining the AOOPA should contact

Annual Meeting

AOOPA 2025 Annual Member Meeting is TBD.

Member Associations

Florida Olive Council, LAA

The Florida Olive Council is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to promoting research, cultivation and marketing of olive trees and olive products. Supporters of the Florida Olive Council are dedicated to the highest standards of environmental sustainability, academic and business ethics.

Georgia Olive Growers Association

The Mission of the Georgia Olive Growers Association, Inc. is to promote, encourage and educate others about the growing of olive trees (olea europaea) in the State of Georgia along with the production and marketing of olive oil, pickled olives and other olive tree products derived from olive trees grown in our state.

Texas Association of Olive Oil

The Texas Association of Olive Oil (TXAOO), established supports, promotes, and defends the growing, harvesting, processing, marketing and sale of Texas olive oil. TXAOO through its members coordinates all olive related activity in the state of Texas.