Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #180

Food Production Assistant- Vinegar Manufacturing
Full Time
O Olive
Petaluma, CA
O OLIVE OIL & VINEGAR is the premier producer of California specialty olive oils and wine vinegars. O was the first in this country to crush organic citrus with olives to produce our signature line of oils. Our products are sold in gourmet, natural food and specialty stores in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe, and Latin America.

1n 1995 Greg Hinson, co- founder and president, combined his unusual passion for citrus and healthy eating by crushing whole organic citrus with fresh California Mission olives to create an unparalleled new product category — the extra virgin citrus olive oil. These oils are neither infused nor flavored after pressing as is common in the industry.

In 1997 Hinson turned this same respect for simple natural processes to hand crafting varietal wine vinegars. O Olive Oil & Vinegar is one of the few remaining vinegar makers in this country using the old world Orleans method of natural aging in wood barrels rather than mechanically force-aging the vinegars. The difference is noticeable. In 2003 Cook’s Illustrated named our O Zinfandel Vinegar, “overall winner among gourmet brands,” touting its “distinctly earthy, fruity flavor.”

Our products have been featured repeatedly in the New York Times and in top food magazines including Food and Wine, Gourmet, and Saveur, which selected our O Ruby Grapefruit Olive Oil to its prestigious list of 100 international favorites. Oprah calls them “terrific oils and vinegars” and has featured them both on her show and in her magazine. O has also been featured on the Food Network, Top Chef, and ABC Good Morning America.

O products are a favorite of home cooks and professional chefs alike. Our vinegars and oils are in the kitchens of Elizabeth Faulkner, Chris Cosentino, David Chang, Giada de Laurentis, Jacques Pepin, Michael Mina, Sarah Moulton, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Palmer, and Alice Waters among others.

The food industry agrees. O Olive Oil has been recognized with 17 trophies at the annual International Fancy Food Show in New York City, including Product of the Year.

O’s passion for quality is relentless, as well as our respect for healthy food, simplicity, great taste and beautiful design.
Based on experience
September 2018
The Production Assistant will be responsible for assisting in all functions and phases of vinegar production. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a passion in operations and wine making. This individual will have the chance to learn the business and gain hands on experience on the production floor.

Assists in maintaining complete and thorough records of lab analysis for each product
Assists in maintaining record and history of each batch/lot
Assists in the development of primary and secondary fermentation of all products
Under supervision of Master Vinegar Maker oversees all phases of vinegar production
Maintains all vinegar plant equipment and premises in clean, working order
Provides support in ensuring that plant and procedures meet all federal, state and local regulatory requirements

Experience in vinegar, beer, wine, or yeast fermentation is preferred.
Training in laboratory work and analysis as it pertains to vinegar or wine production
Experience with modern vinegar making processes and equipment is desirable
Training in sensory analysis of wines and vinegar
Good written and oral English communication skills.
Must be literate in various basic office programs such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook.
Must be a strong team player.
We would consider a student graduating in December 2018 for this role. Could be part time now and full time after graduation.
Jill Van Dam

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