International award winning olive oil also winning international deals


Oakhurst Olives from Tulbagh is producing some of the best olive oil in the world. Its Delicate Blend recently won 'Best in Class' at the New York International Olive Oil Competition. Owner Peter du Toit says it's not just about winning awards though.

"To really win in this business, you need to be in the right place at the right time. In just one morning at Food Hospitality World we've had really good
meetings with buyers from China, Mauritius and Dubai." Peter is at the Food Hospitality World Africa exhibition which opened in Cape Town today (CTICC, 26-28 May).

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has identified that the food sector in South Africa has the potential for creating jobs and for substantially contributing to a target of R3billion in overall export
revenue by the end of 2014. As a result, the DTI has brought over 20 specific international food and hospitality buyers, mostly from Africa, to attend Food Hospitality World Africa (FHWA) trade exhibition.

Oakhurst Olives has grown from having a yield of just 50 litres three years ago to producing 15 000 litres of olive oil this year. Once up to full scale production, Oakhurst Olives will be producing around 50 000 litres of olive oil per annum. The producer is now ripe for developing its trade links in Africa by participating in Food Hospitality World.

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