We see ourselves as a social enterprise. Our goal is not to maximize profits but to manage il circolo socially and sustainably, so that our olive trees and their region reap the benefits. The circle of friends behind il circolo consists of Sicilians, who have cultivated olives for generations, and Northern Europeans, who have known Sicily for decades and are great aficionados of the island. Together, we are committed to the exploitation free production of excellent organic olive oil.
Stephanie Rosenkranz comes to Sicily each year since her childhood and is addicted to olive oil and the mediterranean culture surrounding it. Next to her work for il circolo, she is also a professor of economics, researching about food fairness, sustainable food, and the challenges in the olive oil market. Together with Utz Weitzel, another olive oil addict and her partner in everything, she looks after the distribution of il circolo in Northern Europe. il circolo enjoys the support of many friends, particularly IONDESIGN in Berlin, who created a fantastic, press-covered packaging, and Road Runner Cubuso, possibly the only logistics expert with sheep in the backyard.
Highlander David Roberts originally comes from Scotland but lives in Sicily for over 35 years now. He lives and works on il circolo’s olive grove, supported by Simone Guastella and family, who have cultivated olives for generations. When it comes to pruning the trees, Nino & Co are artists of the landscape. Francesco Scapellato expertly mills il circolo olives with super modern machinery and stands for a new generation of olive oil makers: young and professional, with a university degree and not part of the brain drain but rather of a ‘brain claim’ of excellence in Sicily. Like Daniele Mento, the ‘Doc’, with a PhD in agriculture and mastermind behind il circolo’s production processes.