By Sarah Leary,
Photo Jason Hollister,
ONE of the Australian North-West Coast’s oldest olive groves has proved its oil to be world class.
Boutique Abbotsham company Cradle Coast Olives claimed silver and gold at this week’s Australian Olive Expo in Canberra for its line of Paragon oil.
“We had a stall at the Tasmanian tasting stand and we sold our crate of oil in just one day,” manager Carol O’Neil said.
“Everybody was coming past wanting more, it was just unbelievable.”
Cradle Coast Olives began as a retirement project for Mrs O’Neil and her husband, Tony, 11 years ago.
“It was a gamble at first, but we had good land so all we had to do was research.
“Every dollar we spent we expected to lose because it was such a new industry here.
“I think we are now one of the oldest groves in the North- West.”
Mrs O’Neil said the business was a small operation where all fruit was hand picked and pressed each May by family and friends.
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