Membership Benefits & Requirements

The COOC member year runs from July 1-June 30 annually.

All members, regardless of production or affiliation, may contact the COOC to upgrade to any 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.

For members not producing their own olive oil, registration is distinguished by growers, private label entities or industry affiliate.

Membership Benefits

Becoming a member of the COOC grants:

  • A listing on the COOC website Meet Our Members page with website and social media links directing consumers to your company
  • Company information included on all applicable pages of the COOC website (i.e. Custom Milling, Bulk Olive Oils, Industry Resources, etc.)
  • Opportunity to exhibit at COOC sponsored events highlighting your product
  • Communications including social media, outreach and marketing opportunities
  • Access to leading industry resources and contacts
  • Communications including industry news, events, competitions and more
  • Invitation to 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 CA 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
  • Must abide by COOC Standards

Tiers and Fees

For olive oil producers, Tier levels are dependent on an average of your total production over the last three consecutive harvests (2017, 2018 and 2019). In the case that you do not have the data for the ‘three-year formula’, the tier level at which you register should be based off your estimated production for the 2020 Harvest.

Tier 6

Producers of 75,001 gallons or more – $ 6,500

Tier 5

Producers of 20,001 – 75,000 gallons – $ 4,500

Tier 4

Producers of 5,001 – 20,000 gallons – $ 2,000

Tier 3

Producers of 2,501 – 5,000 gallons – $ 1,000

Tier 2

Producers of 501 – 2,500 gallons – $ 500

Tier 1

Producers of 100 – 500 gallons – $400

Micro-producer Tier

Producers 99 gallons or less – $300

Growers Tier

Non-producers – $300

This tier is for companies that are:

  • growing olives for olive oil but, do not produce themselves
  • new to the olive oil industry but, have not started to produce olive oil

Retailers and Private Label Entities Tier

$750

This tier is for retailers of extra virgin olive oil and companies that source olive oil from producers to sell under their own brand label.

Industry Affiliates Tier

$ 500

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:

  • Nurseries
  • Mills
  • Orchard management
  • Packaging providers
  • Marketing
  • Consultants
  • Restaurants & chefs
  • Orchard equipment suppliers
  • Equipment and installation
  • Graphic Design