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About Liz Tagami

Liz Tagami is a merchant with over 25 years of experience as a senior executive for top US retailers, such as Williams-SonomaCost Plus World Market, and Harry & David.

Today she operates Tagami International, LLC an international brokerage for premium food and wine with a particular focus on extra virgin olive oil from all of the major growing areas in the world.

Some of her olive oil connections include charter membership in the Extra Virgin Alliance, former membership in the California Olive Oil Council, contributing writer for The Olive Oil Times, panel speaker at the UC Davis Olive Center where she has also taken olive oil sensory evaluation instruction and master classes, and panel speaker for the past three years at the TerraOlivo Congress in Jerusalem on the topic of global olive oil marketing.  Liz was a speaker at the January Olive Oil Marketing Symposium at CIA Greystone in January 2012, and led an international delegation of olive oil professionals to Japan in April 2012, and she is currently the Director of International Relations for Olive Japan, the largest olive oil event in Asia, annually drawing nearly 200,000 consumers to the marketplace, and where the International Olive Oil Symposium and International Olive Oil Competitions are held.  She is a trained olive oil taster who sits on the juries for competitions in Jerusalem, Tokyo and Napa, and is a member of the University of California Cooperative Extension Research Taste Panel under Paul Vossen.

Liz also operates Tagami Sourcing & Services, LLC, providing management consulting as well as factory sourcing and product development for retailers, importers and manufacturers in the US, Europe and Asia.  Liz is a world traveler — having done business in nearly 40 countries — and claims she fluently speaks at least seven words in every language.  Click to see Liz’s full professional profile here on LinkedIN, or see her spiffy infographic on Vizify.

ASHLAND (photo:  Toki Cavener)

FLORENCE (photo:  Gildardo Gallo)

SHANGHAI (photo:  Dan Jocelyn)

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephen Newton permalink
    April 4, 2010 8:03 PM

    It’s looking great, Liz.

  2. adrienne permalink
    April 4, 2010 10:10 PM

    wonderful website, liz.
    look forward to seeing you in person, too.
    xoxo from bali,

  3. Ben permalink
    April 6, 2010 7:08 PM

    Liz, your web is so great~
    a Hi from HongKong~

  4. July 29, 2010 4:12 AM

    loved your short talk during the marketing panel in the terraolivo 2010 confference.
    it was focus and sharp.

    • July 29, 2010 6:51 PM

      Shalom, Yizhar!
      Thank you for your kind words. I was honored to be part of the TerraOlivo 2010 Congress and look forward to participating again in 2011. I hope we can count on seeing you there also. Shall we say L’shana habaah b’yerushalayim? – Liz

  5. August 5, 2010 1:13 PM

    Liz, I am loving your website — it’s as stylish and sophisticated as you are, and, for that matter, whetting my appetite for more travel (and delicious, artisan foods). 😉

    • August 5, 2010 1:16 PM

      Nihao, Jocelyn! Nihao ma? It is good to see you here on WordPress. Thank you for your kind remarks. I hope all is well with you and yours. Liz

  6. August 27, 2010 8:57 AM

    Hi Liz,
    Great website. I love all the amazing photos. I look forward to finding the time to read more of your entries!

  7. September 7, 2010 8:25 AM

    Liz you are a marvel! Whenever you are over in Italy next be sure to book a complimentary tour through the food valley with us at Parma Golosa tours cos we’d love to feed you!!! 🙂 Nick xxx

  8. September 9, 2010 2:59 PM

    Love your blog Liz!

    • September 9, 2010 3:08 PM

      Grazie, Elena! I have enjoyed reading your blog as well. I’m behind in my writing — I have some essays about Italy pending. I hope you enjoy them. Cordiali saluti! Liz

  9. April 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    Hi Liz, here is Michele Patanè from Italy…
    Do u remind me?
    You have a great website!!!
    hope to meet u maybe in Italy…

    • April 2, 2011 10:39 AM

      Ciao Michele! Nice to hear from you Patanè. Thanks for reading my work.

  10. Megan permalink
    May 13, 2011 6:59 AM

    I came across your website and found it alluring and exciting. I am a big fan of travel. If you could e-mail me back, that would be great. I just had a couple questions.
    I look forward to hearing back from you soon! Have a great day.

  11. Jen Villareal permalink
    January 11, 2012 5:23 PM

    Hi Liz –
    I loved your blog for Williams-Sonoma! I work in the catalog production department here and love hearing all about our history. Plus, I love olive oil! if you’re still living in the Bay Area I had to let you know about the best dessert I’ve ever had. Beretta’s panna gelato with olive oil & sea salt. Tastes like cold, sweet and creamy butter.
    ~ Jen

    • January 11, 2012 6:33 PM

      Hi Jen!
      Thanks for taking the time to leave this kind note! I’m starting to collect some images from the 80s and 90s of every day life at the office, I’ll make sure to share.

      Thanks also for the tip about the panna gelato at Beretta. It sounds delish; I’m in the Bay Area every few weeks and will check it out.

      If you are near Union Square on Saturday, stop by to say hello. Tom, Alexandra and the producers have an engaging program pulled together (six folks/four countries) — they start at 11:00 sharp! I’ll be the one with the pony tail.

  12. June 6, 2012 4:23 AM

    I have got 1 suggestion for your blog site. It seems like there are a handful of cascading stylesheet problems when opening a number of web pages in google chrome as well as internet explorer. It is operating alright in internet explorer. Possibly you can double check this.

    • June 6, 2012 3:57 PM

      Thank you for the feedback. The site was built in 2007 and never updated…I keep saying “next month”. Your comments is a timely reminder. Next month for sure!


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