The COOC member year runs from July 1-June 30 annually. Memberships are active for 1 year at the time of registration.
Effective July 1, 2021, the COOC membership registration and renewal process will operate online only and will be set up with an annual, auto-renewal system. Members will be able to change, cancel and update their membership subscriptions using their membership account.
All members, regardless of production or affiliation, may contact the COOC to upgrade to any Tier level during the member year.
The COOC is a member-based and financed 501(c)(6) non-profit trade and marketing association. Your contribution of support is greatly appreciated.
Below is a list of the membership benefits, requirements, Tier levels and fees at which companies (the member) can register.
Becoming a member of the COOC grants:
- A listing in the COOC Member Directory on the website, with company profile including links to your social media and website
- Company information included on all applicable pages of the COOC website include services, media coverage, recipes and event listings
- Opportunity to exhibit at COOC sponsored events highlighting your product
- External communications including social media, outreach and marketing opportunities
- Access to leading industry resources and contacts
- Internal communications including industry news, events, competitions and more
- Invitation to the COOC Annual Member Meeting
- Voting privileges for board elections
- Access to the “California Grown” Logo to promote your product
- Note that this program is available only to active COOC members. License ends if COOC membership becomes inactive
- More information can be found on the California Grown page of the COOC website
Requirements for Producing Members
- All oils certified by the California Olive Oil Council must be from 100% grown and produced California olives
- All California olive oil labeled extra virgin must be submitted for the Seal Certification Program prior to the deadline
- Blends from multiple harvest years will not be certified by the COOC
- Harvest date is required on the extra virgin olive oil packaging
- “Best if Used By” date is optional for all members with the exception of producers greater than 5,000 gallons, as required by the Olive Oil Commission of California regulation
- The “Best if Used By” date should not exceed 24 months unless technical support is provided
- Members must abide by all requirements set forth in the Certification Mark and Intellectual Property License Agreement
- Members must abide by COOC Standards
Below are general descriptions of the 4 categories of COOC membership: producers, growers, retailers and private label entities, and industry affiliates.
Associated fees and tier descriptions can be found in the following section.
Producer Level Tiers
The olive oil producer tiers are intended for companies that produce olive oil from their own fruit or fruit that they purchased from a grower.
Tier levels are dependent on an average of your total production over the last four consecutive harvests (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020). In the case that you do not have the data for the ‘four-year formula’, the Tier level at which you register should be based off of your estimated production for the 2021 harvest.
There are 7 producer Tier levels: Micro-producer (under 100 gallons annually) and Tiers 1 – 6 (over 100 gallons annually).
This tier is for companies that:
- grow olives for olive oil but do not produce an olive oil themselves or,
- are new to the olive oil industry and have not yet started to produce olive oil
Retailers and Private Label Entities
This tier is for:
- retailers of extra virgin olive oil and,
- companies that source olive oil from producers to sell under their own brand
- there is no ownership of the olive fruit; only the finished product – certified extra virgin olive oil
This category is to include companies that provide industry resources and services to olive oil producers and growers but are not producers or growers themselves.
This tier has the opportunity to exhibit in the COOC Annual Member Meeting Trade Show
Companies include but are not limited to:
- Orchard management
- Packaging providers
- Restaurants & chefs
- Orchard equipment supplies
- Equipment and installation
- Graphic design
Fee Structures, Tier Descriptions and Registration
Below are each of the available tier levels with dues and production volumes defining each tier.
Steps to register for membership:
- Select the Sign Up button for your appropriate Tier level
- Provide credit card information
- Agree to the terms outlined in the Statement of Mission and Code of Ethics
- Submit Sign up