Great olive oil can only come from great cultivars
Each of our oils is made from specially selected cultivars, grown and harvested with an emphasis on taste and quality. Care is given throughout the growing season, not just at harvest, to insure superior taste and quality. Some cultivars need to be picked well before they are ripe in order to boost polyphenols. Our cultivars permit us to harvest with an emphasis on taste while still delivering the high polyphenols and very low oxidant levels expected of a premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Olive oils are often blended with other oils from multiple locations, which can unintentionally obscure the origin of the oil. We work closely with our growers to maintain complete product traceability. Our industry-leading single estate olive oils feature clear harvest dates. We emphasize minimal, lightweight packaging designed to both protect the olive oil and reduce our carbon footprint. We have pioneered the recycling of our pomace and olive water, the natural but astringent paste and juice of olives normally discarded after milling, to create our Green Valley Color® botanical dyes.
“Ardor, Attentus, Humilitas”
Our watchwords are passion, care and a humility taught by nature. Our passion and care extend from the cultivars we work with, to our growers, business partners and customers. Whatever contribution we may make, Olioculture is an ancient vocation and we are constantly working to make a contribution worthy of those who have gone before us.
About The Team
Greg Daggett - Operations
Greg gets it done, whether it is planting a new orchard, making sure our irrigation works and is properly logged, or our equipment is in proper working order. Greg is always quick to catch something we could be doing better, and is just as quick to do it. Greg has over 15 years of experience in the Northern California construction industry and is a former U.S. Army Ranger.
Curtis King - Commercial Director
Curtis is a natural customer service professional, with years of experience in sales, business and financial services. Curtis started his career in investment banking in Japan and later Australia, developing a global competency - the ability to understand the nuances associated with working with people on virtual teams, across time zones and cultures. He is particularly effective and experienced in business development.
Norimoto Nakagawa - Marketing Director
Norimoto Nakagawa is an experienced retail veteran with years of experience in fashion and food marketing in Japan and his knowledge, persistence and wise advice have been instrumental in securing shelf space for Green Vally Olive in Japan’s best retailers. After a number of years in merchandising for Japan menswear specialty retailer Taka-Q and England's Laura Ashley Japan, he founded MNC Planning, where he supported brand development for a number of Japanese and international companies. As board director of Team Greens Co., Ltd. he is on the forefront of environmentally friendly product develompment and marketing and he has played a key role in the development of Green Valley Color®.
Jeff Daggett & Kaoru Yoneyama - Founders
Kaoru brings over 15 years of fashion experience and expertise to the Green Valley Olive team. Beyond her informal role as Green Valley Olive's ambassador to Japan's tastemakers, Ms. Yoneyama is CEO and Chief Designer of her own women's apparel brand, Kaon, embodying elegant, feminine style. Kaoru holds an Olive Oil Sommelier Certificate from The Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan.
The seeds for Green Valley Olive were planted in in the late 1990s, when Jeff became convinced that his home region of Northern California could be a global leader in premium olive oils. In 2004 Jeff began working in earnest on what would become Green Valley Olive.
Jeff's background includes investment banking, real estate, retail operations, merchandising, marketing and general management positions at a number of global consumer product companies. Jeff has served in leadership positions of increasing responsibility at The Gap, Levi Straus & Co., Nike, LVMH, Vodafone and Disney. At Aisonne, the retail and branding consultancy he founded in 2002, he has worked with Apple, Vodafone and others to establish, rebrand or grow their retail businesses.
Jeff received his B.A. in Business Administration from Pacific Union College and his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.