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Crocuses Jiloca Awarded with the Superior Taste Award 2016

The company AZAFRANES JILOCA has been awarded with the prize for SUPERIOR TASTE AWARD qualification OUTSTANDING.

The Superior Taste Award recognizes the quality of the Saffron that distributes Azafranes Jiloca being the first and only Spanish company in the sector to receive this recognition.

The Award was obtained after a blind tasting of the product, 200 professionals of the catering industry, Chefs with Michelin stars between them, scored the product on a number of aspects and the resulting score is the saffron of AZAFRANES JILOCA has obtained an Outstanding rating.

the jury of The International Taste & Quality Institute is unique because it is selected from anexclusive partnership with the organizations culinary professionals most prestigious in Europe, the Association of Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and other experts in beverages.

These wine tasters, chosen by the organizations and iTQi, have many years of experience in the tasting of foods from around the world. Not only have they practised their trades in Europe, but also in countries as diverse as Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, North America, Central and South America. They are always excited to discover new flavours or products unknown.

Each taster is elected by :

  • The unanimous acknowledgement of his talentby guides such as Michelin or Gault Millau
  • Su long experience tasting
  • Your ability to describe in detail the features flavor of the products and suggest possible improvements in the report of sensory analysis

This information provided by iTQi is very requested by the participating companies to analyze in detail the results of the test. Graphs and reports of sensory analysis are valuable tools for the Quality Control officer in search of independent advice and documented about the taste of their products.

To maximize the objectivity of the evaluations, iTQi organizes tastings with:

  • The elimination of the interactions among the members of the jury
  • The presentation of the products blind and anonymously
  • Panels very large of judges of different nationalities.

To ensure transparency, iTQi allows to the participating companies, that make the specific request, attend the tastings.

you could say that the Superior Taste Award is the Michelin guide of Food.

José María Plumed (Director General)

“we Knew that we have a great product, our saffron has been enjoying good recognition, but to get a score so high has been a pleasant surprise, but considering the high level of professionals who have completed the tasting, have the opportunity to receive congratulations from Cheffs, with great talent, fills us with pride”

José Ramón Plumed (Manager)

“It’s great to receive this award, being the only Spanish company with this award for the quality of saffron gives us renewed strength to continue working and improving day-to-day in our work, we are growing a lot as a company and feel like a pat on the back why we are doing the right things”


Professional Excellence Award Crocuses Jiloca – Saffron

Delivery excellence award, professional
Delivery excellence award professional

Friday 24-02-17 was held at the hotel Palafox in Zaragoza the delivery of the awards for professional excellence, The company Azafranes Jiloca, represented by Mr. José María Plumed (Director of Operations) was one of those awarded with the Gold Star in recognition of the work developed over more than 20 years of activity.

It has been valued especially the innovation and the evolution over time of the company, being a pioneer in ecological production of saffron based on obtaining the best quality, to be a benchmark in the sector and open up new avenues in marketing that didn’t exist. The social commitment of improve every day activity also has been one of the points of reference in obtaining the Gold Star.

gold Star of merit professional
gold Star merit professional


The Institute for Professional Excellence is awarded each year by this distinctive institutions, companies and Spanish professionals most prominent. Are potentially galardonables those institutions, companies and professionals able to innovate and promote a good economic and social development, with a philosophy oriented towards the Total Quality in all its actions, that present positive trends with a commitment to continuous improvement and always respect the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The institutions, companies and professionals who receive this award will become model and benchmark in its sector, both at national and international level by the media coverage that escape to this desert.The Gold Star allows organizations that hold this badge to use, according to specific regulations, the symbol of the “Gold Star for Professional Merit” and the “Accrediting Diploma of Excellence”, evidencing social recognition of their management.

The IEP promotes and encourages the values ​​of our Nation and therefore recognizes the effort of all those professionals, companies or institutions that promote the Spain Brand. As a premise it has collaboration with just and solidarity causes, for this reason it collaborates with different Foundations and NGOs, such as UNICEF, the United Nations or the Spanish Association against Cancer AECC.

Among the Honorary Directors of the Institute for Professional Excellence are: S.A.R María Luisa de Prusia, President of the Concordia Association; Ilmo. Mr. D. Luis del Olmo, Doctor Honoris Causa from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Mr. Dr. Don Leandro Plaza Celemín, President of the Spanish Heart Foundation, Ilmo. Mr. Dr. Enrique A. García Melón, University Professor, Doctor of Marine Sciences and Civil Navy, Bachelor of Nautical and Maritime Transport, Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Mr. Gerardo Seeliger , President of the Club Siglo XXI, Mr. Emilio Butragueño, professional athlete and President of institutional relations for Real Madrid CF, and Mr. Manuel Santana, professional athlete.

As Members of Honor of this Institution they are among other renowned personalities; Father Ángel García, Founder of “Messengers of Peace” and Prince of Asturias Award, Hon. Magfco. Mr. Ángel Galindo García, Rector of the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Ilmo. Mr. D. Vicente del Bosque, Marqués de Del Bosque, Official Coach of the Spanish Soccer Team and Ilmo. Mr. Ángel Antonio Mingote, cartoonist and writer.

Among the winners of this delivery, companies and professionals such as: Montpellier HLA Group Clinic, Tamdis, Saffron Jiloca, Eurogan, Mercacorreas, Dr.Juan Carlos Pina, Bauser Seguridad, Cross Abogados, Dr. D. Francisco Torres Lear, Mrs. Sonia Úbeda, expert in Coaching, the company Guian Catering.

 Crocuses Jiloca professional excellence award
Jiloca crocuses professional excellence award

José María Plumed (Director)

“The Gold Star for professional excellence fills us with pride as it recognizes the work carried out over the years, that work that is not seen but is achieved with great effort, this award joins the Superior Taste Award achieved a few months ago for the quality of saffron, these are undoubtedly two very important recognitions that give us positive energy to continue improving day by day. ”

José Ramón Plumed (Manager)

“This award for professional merit is a recognition of the work of José María (my father) that he started from scratch and with his leadership has managed to consolidate Azafranes Jiloca as a benchmark company in the sector, innovating and maintaining the quality standard differentiated in all aspects of company and product “

More information about the award:

Agricultura Ecológica UE

Artesanía Alimentaria de Aragón

Producto Ecológico de Aragón

Gobierno de Aragón, Agricultura, Ganadería y Medio Ambiente

ADRI, Asociación para el Desarrollo Rural Integral

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