Southeast Texas Olive Co-Owner Speaks At 2017 Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference

Southeast Texas Olive Co-Owner Speaks At 2017 Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference  Southeast Texas Olive co-owner, Randy Brazil, recently delivered a keynote speech at the 10th Christus Live Well Women’s Conference. Beaumont, TX – Randy Brazil, co-owner of Southeast Texas Olive, an award-winning 100% organic certified orchard that grows, bottles and distributes premium quality extra virgin olive oil, recently spoke at the 10th annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference to increase awareness of the region’s thriving olive oil industry. Since 2008, the Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference has convened to inform, educate, and empower women. The 2017 LiveWell conference, held on Thursday, May 11, in Beaumont, TX featured actress Geena Davis and showcased a diverse range of workshops and sessions designed to help women proactively enhance their physical, mental, and spiritual well being. When asked to represent Southeast Texas Olive at the conference, Brazil knew exactly what he’d like to focus on throughout his speech: an in-depth look at some of the many health benefits offered by olives and olive oil. “Most of us know that extra virgin olive oil offer impressive dietary advantages,” Brazil noted. “However, recent studies and reports indicate that these products may also offer other significant holistic health gains. In my presentation, I discuss findings about these contributing to improved bone strength, increased pain relief, and cell damage prevention through elevated antioxidant activity. Other studies have shown olive oil may even help regulate insulin levels and promote heart health. The Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference provided a perfect forum for Southeast Texas Olive to share some of the many benefits found in extra virgin olive oils. We were grateful for the...

Press Release: Southeast Texas Olive’s First Entry Wins Silver at New York International Olive Oil Competition

Devers, TX – Southeast Texas Olive, producer of premium, 100% organic extra virgin olive oil in Devers, Texas, received a 2017 Silver Award at this year’s renowned New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC). Since its inception in 2013, the New York International Olive Oil Competition has earned its reputation as the world’s largest and most prestigious annual olive oil competition. Each year the NYIOOC creates an elite panel of olive oil experts who come to the function with one purpose: to identify the very best oils of last harvest. This year’s event, held on April 24-27, included 15 judges from Spain, Greece, Italy, US, Tunisia, Turkey, France, and Argentina. Over the course of 4 days, the expert tasters blind-tested and analyzed samples in 24 distinctive categories to pick winners. Southeast Texas Olive co-owner, Randy Brazil, announced the orchard’s recent award. “As a first time participant, the team at Southeast Texas Olive is thrilled to be a 2017 Silver Award Recipient; we know that the New York International Olive Oil Competition draws submissions from the very best growers on a global scale. It’s an honor to be part of a renowned, international event. We could not be more proud and look forward to the future of Southeast Texas Olive oil.” Despite a challenging harvest season that triggered a 30% drop in global olive oil production, 2017 proved to be the NYIOOC biggest event yet. Southeast Texas Olive competed amongst more than 900 oils from 26 countries to take home a Silver Award for its organic, delicate blend. Most significantly, Southeast Texas Olive was one of only 71 oils from...

Press Release: Southeast Texas Olive Unveils New Packaging for 100% Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Devers, TX – Southeast Texas Olive, a family-owned and operated olive orchard in Devers, Texas, has always produced premium extra virgin olive oil using only all-natural farming methods. Started in 2009 with a first crop for sale in 2014, Southeast Texas Olive has proudly distributed their products knowing that every bottle sold was organically planted and grown in rich Texas soil for the very best harvest possible. In mid 2015, without changing a single component of their process, the orchard achieved official certification from two world-renowned agencies: the USDA as well as the CCFO, a nonprofit organization that promotes organic farming through a wide range of global channels and resources. According to co-owner Randy Brazil, the farming process at Southeast Texas Olive hasn’t changed with their current certification. The orchard’s packaging, however, has. Brazil discussed the new labeling for their first official organic-certified crop that was harvested this past fall. “Our customers have always known that we believe natural is best. Since starting Southeast Texas Olive, our team has advocated all-natural techniques throughout every phase, including planting, harvesting, milling, and pressing. Our 100% organic certification doesn’t change how we operate. The USDA and CCFO accreditations just mean we can now let consumers know what we have always known – they are buying a delicious Texas olive oil that meets the very highest agricultural standards.” The orchard’s deep Texas roots all began with an Italian petroleum engineer. Gino Venitucci believed the grove’s Devers location would generate exceptional fruit due to the region’s climate comparison to his native country. He was right. In 2009 Venitucci planted 40 acres of olive trees...

2016-17 The Best of Everything: A Guide to Southeast Texas Living

Southeast Texas Olive made page 11 in the 2017 edition of Beaumont Enterprise’s Publication The Best of Everything: A Guide to Southeast Texas Living – Made in Southeast Texas section. Southeast Texas also draws on its rich Cajun heritage in providing specialty food items like boudain and king cakes to the rest of the United States. Here are some of the products manufactured in Southeast Texas. Some are large, longtime businesses providing jobs to thousands. Others are small family businesses that are still in their infancy. But all reflect the diversity and entrepreneurship that are the soul of Southeast Texas. …Southeast Texas Olive – Devers – More than 50 acres of this farm in Devers is planted with two varieties of olive trees. The crop is made into organic extra virgin olive oil, the only one in Southeast Texas. The oil is available at several Beaumont specialty grocery stores, Beaumont Farmer’s Market or...

South Liberty County Quarterly

Olive oil, a tangy addition to any meal. Its potential is limitless as farmers all over the world are beginning to experiment with the valuable commodity. In recent years the olive oil trade has seen scandal as mafia ties have soiled the now booming trade, no pun intended. When a person mentions olive oil the first locations to come to mind are the vineyards of Italy, Greece, and even sunny California. That is to say until Gino Venitucci, an Ialian, brought the valuable little plan to the wet climate of southeast Texas. Gino is no longer running the business. Instead, it has been purchased by a partnership out of the small town of Devers, Texas. Randy and Monica Brazil, Cully and Melissa Devillier, and Steve and Rhonda Devillier purchased the farm in 2008 and have since brought the historic olive into the limelight. A gift from the goddess Athena, the olive has become a staple for chefs all over the world .With origins in ancient Greece, the delicious oil can now be purchased in just about any super market. However, the oil produced by the Southeast Texas Olive company is beginning to grow in size and reputation with many businesses in Liberty and the surrounding areas stocking their shelves with the olive oil. Southeast Texas Olive has a total of 70 acres, totaling nearly 10,500 trees. A far cry from the original 20 acres planted by Gino. Olive oil is used by chefs all over the world because of not only the unique flavor the oil provides, but also the beneficial vitamins that the miracle oil provides. Rich in...

Beaumont Business Journal: "New Southeast Texas Oil Boom"

By Brandi Haskett – “Deep in the heart of Southeast Texas is a 40-acre olive orchard owned and operated in Devers. Southeast Texas Olive, LLC is locally grown and produced by Randy and Ann Brazil with busi­ness partners Rhonda, Steve and Culley Devillier. What started out as the spontaneous idea of Gino Venitucci, an Italian petroleum engineer, has become a new Texas export. Although not native to the area, olives flourish in the warm gulf climate and after several years of research, Venitucci’s dream has become a reality.” READ...