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The Colavita Tradition

Learn more about the history of the Colavita family, the name
who has brought olive oil and other products to family tables for over three generations.

A Family Tradition

Giovanni and Felice Colavita founded Colavita as a small olive mill in the village of Sant’Elia a Pianisi in the Molise region of Italy in 1938. Passing through to the next generation, Giovanni’s sons, Enrico and Leonardo Colavita, extended the family business and expanded to international markets starting with the USA. In 1979 they found their first foreign partner and started to distribute Colavita olive oil around the world. Today Giovanni Colavita, current CEO of Colavita USA and the son of Leonardo Colavita, has continued the traditions of the trusted family brand, maintaining Colavita as one of the few family owned international brands in the olive oil sector. Alongside their Italy locations, the Colavita family proudly operates out of their USA headquarters in Edison, NJ and Dixon, CA.