Bläuel Family: Fritz, Burgi, Felix, Julia

In 1980 the firm “Friedrich Bläuel” was registered in Kalamata. Fritz, who had moved to the Mani in the 70’s did something revolutionary in this area. Seeing most of the unusually good quality oil bound for Italy in big silos, he sat down and started to fill individual bottles by hand with selected oil. With the really unbelievable support of the village inhabitants, business got started. Burgi joined the company in 1983 and the small company flourished. In the mid-80s the Bläuels introduced an entirely new concept: organized organic agriculture.

That was five years before the first EU Organic Regulation was introduced.

The last successful years have shown that the conversion has been worthwhile for the farmers as well as for the environment. The farmers receive higher prices for their organic oil and the increase of organic matter in the soil of the groves has helped the local fauna and flora greatly, proving that a healing of the natural cycle of nature is possible.

The network of farmers co-operating with Bläuel is now well established and producing organic olive oil in accordance with the highest quality-criteria on all levels. The Bläuel company has become the most important employer in the area and one of the major bottling and exporting companies of olive oil in Greece, employing permanently 40 people in its staff. A total of 300 farms have been converted to organic farming over the years.

Address: Burgi Bläuel, Pyrgos-West Mani, 24024 Greece
Tel. +30-27210-78077, e-mail:

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