About David

David Neuman began his Olive Oil career as a Commis Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C. in 1985, cooking with great olive oil. After years of employment in the Specialty and Natural Foods industry, he was hired as President and Partner of Lucini Italia, and for the next 9 years grew it to become the premier Italian Olive Oil brand in America. Upon selling the business in 2014, David opened Gaea North America with the assistance of its parent company, Gaea Products S.A. in Greece. Together they focused on selling the best Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oils available.

His participation is vast in the Olive Oil field:

  • ONAOO (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Olio di Oliva) Imperia, Italy, International Olive Council Accredited: Panel Taster – 2011; Level 1

  • Quarterly blind tastings with ONAOO professors to maintain his qualifications

  • Has instructed olive oil tastings, blind comparisons and provides knowledge to over 2,000+ trade and consumers alike with his signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil 101 course.

  • Speaker at the Keller and Heckman LLP Seminar – Defending Your Supply Chain: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Presenter at the AOCS (American Oil Chemists Society) conference

  • Olive Oil Judge

  • Member of the Varietals, 2011 – 2014: Attending annual harvest in various countries with the Varietals to learn techniques from the growers and producers and how Extra Virgin Olive Oil is used around the world in various cuisines.

  • Panelist, Olive Japan, Tokyo – 2014

  • ONAOO Level 2 Professional Taster – Level 2 Student: Graduated 2018 Rome, Italy- In Good Standing

  • Keynote speaker at the WOOE (World Olive Oil Exposition) Madrid, Spain – March 2018

  • Presenter at the IRTA Olive Oil class- Barcelona, Spain – March 2018

  • Judge, London International Olive Oil Competition- 2020



  • Highly Experienced, uniquely qualified, trained IOC Panel Taster with a thorough understanding of the US Olive Oil Market.

  • Has trained over 2500 people in his Olive Oil 101 program.

  • Possesses high media visibility & long standing key relationships with decision makers. 

  • P&L minded, having managed three successful food companies in the Specialty/Natural categories.

1007  N. Federal Hwy #331

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 USA


Tel: 305-807-4093

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