The Absa Top 10 Olive Oil event occurred in November at Olijvenkraal in Paarl. Celebrating a decade of partnership between the SA Olive Industry Association and Absa, it showcases their commitment to sustainable development and support for the South African Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) industry.
The 2023 Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Award winners are:
Babylonstoren – Babylonstoren Coratina EVOO 2023
De Rustica – De Rustica Estate Collection Arbequino
Het Vlock Casteel – Het Vlok Casteel Coratina
Kleinbergskloof – Kleinbergkloof Family Reserve EVOO
Lions Creek – Lions Creek Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mardouw – XXV Medium
Morgenster – Don Carlo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Prince Albert Olives – Prince Albert Olives
Rockhaven – Rockhaven Farm EVOO
Terre Paisible – Terre Paisible Extra Virgin Olive Oil Aromatique
CEO of SA Olive, Wendy Petersen says: “SA Olive is committed to being recognised for the quality of premium extra virgin olive oil that is produced by our South African members both locally and internationally. A requirement of being a member of the SA Olive Association is the adherence to a Commitment to Compliance which demonstrates best code of practice and the excellence of the products. This CTC seal is included on all accredited members and, in turn, gives our consumers the assurances of the highest quality product and its inherent health benefits.
“Inclusivity and growth within the South African olive industry are also central to our mission. This means supporting emerging farmers, with a particular focus on mentorship and succession and ensuring a place where new entrants find support and guidance.
“We also actively invest in research and development through a specialist technical forum that provides guidance and advice amongst role players and to newcomers. In addition, our focus extends to creating employment opportunities, nurturing business development, expanding market share, promoting competitiveness, and fostering local technical skills. Succession planning and investment in training and development are at the core of our efforts.
Congratulations to all 2023 Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Award winners, and for your contribution to the industry. We look forward to the future as we embark on the journey to sustainable development”.