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Frequently Asked Questions

D o you have a question about Filippo Berio Olive oils?
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Olive oils should be stored tightly capped, away from any source of strong light, and at a temperature between 45 degrees and the low 70s. A closed kitchen cabinet is usually ideal.

Prolonged exposure to strong light or to higher temperatures in the storage location will significantly shorten the usable life of the oil.

Refrigeration is not recommended unless your kitchen is unusually hot, because:
1. olive oil clouds and thickens at refrigerator temperatures, and may take several hours to return to its normal clarity and consistency.
2. the full flavor and aroma of olive oil are released only at room temperature and above.

Best If Used By

The "best if used by" date can be found on the back label of bottles, along with the Lot Code, just below the Nutrition Facts, and on the top of the tins, in a white box next to the pourspout. It is stated as month and year, for example, AUG 2006. Because olive oil is a natural fruit juice, packed without additives or preservatives of any kind, its actual usable life is variable. Under favorable conditions, the oil may remain good considerably beyond the date shown. However, poor conditions, such as prolonged exposure to strong light or to heat above the low 70s (F), may shorten the usable life of the oil by many months. We strongly recommend that you smell and taste the oil each time before using it, as you would for any other perishable food.


My family has allergies to eggs, dairy, gluten, nuts, and peanuts. Does your plant process any of these things?

Is your oil Kosher?
Yes, it is. Look for the OU symbol (a letter U imposed on an O) for the "Orthodox Union" in the lower left-hand corner of our front labels, in the gold border. It certifies that Filippo Berio Olive Oil has been produced, labeled, and bottled in accordance with the strict Laws of Kosher.

Are there any traces of nuts in your products?
There are no trace elements of nuts in Filippo Berio olive oils.

Olive Oil Attributes

Why don't all olive oils taste the same?
There are dozens of varieties of olives grown for the making of olive oil. Like the many varieties of apples, grapes, or other fruit, each olive varietal has its own distinctive flavor characteristics. The finished olive oils you buy at the store are combinations of oils from several different varieties, each selected to contribute a particular flavor characteristic to the final product (fruity, grassy, peppery, etc.). No one wants their oil to taste like somebody else's — the individuality of the flavor is highly prized and protected.

Why do you use olive oils from Greece, Spain, and Tunisia as well as Italy?
The demand for olive oil has grown tremendously over the past 20 years, as consumers have discovered its health benefits as well as its culinary versatility. These countries yield large quantities of high-quality oils, with very specific characteristics, which in turn are used to create Filippo Berio olive oils.


- The oil is cloudy instead of clear.
- There's a swirl in it that looks like eggwhite.
- There are white seeds or flakes in the oil.
- The oil has thickened and congealed forming a layer in the bottom of the tin.

While any of these may be alarming to look at, the fact is that there is nothing wrong with the oil except that it was exposed to temperatures below 45 degrees in shipping or storage.

Olive oil is liquid at room temperature. When it is chilled, it thickens and congeals — you've seen this type of congealing many times in soup or gravy when it's refrigerated. Oil that is shipped during the winter months is routinely exposed to cold temperatures.

The chilling does not damage the oil in any way. It will return to its normal clarity and consistency, with no loss of quality, flavor, or shelf life, when it is warmed to room temperature or above.

You can speed up this process safely and easily by putting the bottle or tin into your dishpan and filling the dishpan with very warm tap water. Depending on the size of the container and how much congealing there is, you may need to replace the water as it cools.

Where to Buy

Where can I buy Filippo Berio?
Filippo Berio olive oils are available at many large supermarkets, small grocery stores, selected club stores, drug chains, certain discount retailers, and military commissaries. Not all sizes and varieties are carried at all locations. If you cannot locate Filippo Berio products at a store near you, send us an email specifying town, city, state and zip code, and we will assist you.

Can I buy direct from you?
Only the products shown in the Gourmet Section of Our Company Store are available for sales online.

When is your product on sale?
We offer our retailers the most competitive prices throughout the year, however, they determine when they want to put our product on sale based on the other activity that is taking place in their stores.

Apply a thin coat of extra light olive oil to hands before working with sticky bread dough.