L’Oulibo is first and foremost a group of people with the same passion, a region teeming with riches, well-preserved traditions and skills that have been handed down from generation to generation. People are central to the work of our cooperative !
A cooperative is a company based on solidarity and fair trade
It gives farmers in the region the chance to make a living from their work and to share their skills.
With almost 1,000 members, the L’Oulibo cooperative receives olives from three French departments: Aude, Hérault and Pyrénées-Orientales, certifying our olives as 100% regional. As a cooperative, L’Oulibo is committed to a precise quality charter. We make high-quality products, guarantee a fair remuneration for members, develop an investment policy to make L‘Oulibo an efficient cooperative and a working tool that is adapted to today’s food-production standards, conduct environmentally friendly farming and ensure the expansion and sustainability of olive-growing in Occitanie.
The L’Oulibo Cooperative has the “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (Living Heritage Company) label.
L’Oulibo uses local varieties to make its olive oils and table olives: Lucques, Bouteillan, Olivière, Aglandau and Picholine. The quality of our products is often acknowledged with prizes at numerous national contests, such as the Concours Général Agricole in Paris.
The oils made in our mill are also widely recognised by the greatest chefs (Robuchon, Goujon, Bocuse and Ducasse) and can be found in some of France’s top gastronomic restaurants.
Do you know what Chanel and L’Oulibo have in common?
Both companies have been given the official “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” label. Since January 2017 L’Oulibo has joined the exclusive club of 1,400 French firms with proven excellence and expertise.
Founded in 1942, the L’Oulibo Cooperative is now the biggest collective of olive-producers in the Aude department. After the frosts in 1956 that devastated French olive-growing, L’Oulibo kept the tradition of olive production alive in Aude. The olives come from three French departments: Aude, Hérault and Pyrénées Orientales. From the fruit to the oil, you can get to know the work of olive farmers and the oil presser… and follow all the transformation stages all the way to our producers’ shop.
The values of cooperation
In the 1940s, farmers with a shared love of their work founded the L’Oulibo cooperative. Today, 840 members of L’Oulibo are continuing to preserve the values of cooperation, sharing, solidarity, team spirit and a passion for the millennia-old olive tree.
All olives can be made into table olives, but the olive must have enough flesh. Olives come in different sizes and colours according to the variety, growing methods and ripeness. Not many people know that all olives are green! At the beginning of October they take on their autumnal colours.
There are almost 1,000 olive varieties all over the world. At L’Oulibo, we mainly preserve two varieties: the Picholine and the Lucques. For preserved olives, hand-picking is a must ! The olives need to be harvested in September and October to preserve green olives and in November and December to preserve black olives.
Olive oil is a real nectar, a 100% pure fruit juice containing neither preservatives or additives. Annually, the L’Oulibo mill presses 500 to 800 tons of olives, depending on the year, and produces between 75,000 and 120,000 litres of olive oil. All our olive oils are guaranteed French origin, “extra virgin” and “cold extraction”, resulting in top-quality oils.