Olive Oil from Wilson’s Foods – the Oil People (since 1997)

We are olive oil dealers, based in Cape Town, South Africa

We supply bulk users, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, throughout South Africa. We pack under our two brands, namely “Wilson’s” and “CanOlive”®. We’re in  the business of receiving olive oil in bulk, from Spain and from local estates, blending it, and packing it in our bottling line. We then market and distribute it in just about any size, from 250 ml to 1000 L.

Over the last 18 years we’ve built a great reputation, and developed three valuable brands

We operate in three distinct market segments.

• The Consumer segment (pack size of 1 Lt or less). This is our “Cinderella” range and is set to grow faster than the other two ranges. Although our products are to be found in countless Spars. Distribution is via exclusive regional wholesalers.

• The “food service” segment (that’s restaurants and hotels in plain-speak). Although this sector accounts for nearly half our turnover, it’s more price-sensitive than the other sectors. The catering trade prefers pack sizes ranging from 1 Lt to 20 Lt. We supply most of the food-service wholesalers, nationally.

• The Industrial (ie Food manufacturer’s) segment (pack sizes; 20 Litres, 200 Litres, or 1000 Litres). We’ve installed some 30 storage tanks at customers’ facilities, and we replenish them as and when required. We service this segment directly.

Smaller users should please contact us for details of our regional wholesalers… or, if you’re in Cape Town, come to our factory shop.

Although extra virgin olive oil is what we’re best known for, we stock no less than 20 different edible oils, plus our flavoured derivatives.*   Our unblended “Wilson’s” range includes Coconut oil, Avocado, Peanut, and Walnut oil (inter alia), and (of course!) extra virgin olive oil.

*We pioneered the flavoured range about 5 years ahead of our competitors. The range comprises Truffle, Lime, Garlic, Peri, Basil, and Butter oils.

wilson's extra virgin olive oil 5 Lt

Olive oil in a 5 Lt PET bottle flies out fast!

Our policy is that our labels should in no way misrepresent their respective product. To simplify our range, we’re phasing out the “SKY” brand in favour of the “Wilson’s” brand. That will give us a more distinctive identity.

We’re on a mission to achieve balance and consistency in our oils; to do this we blend from different farms, and between different varietals. So a bottle probably contains oil from mission-, coratina-, frantoio-, and FS17 olives, inter alia. Our oil is simple and straightforward, not “complex”. On origins of olive oil in South Africa

Here’s my guesswork (please advise should  you know better!)


*Much “Italian” oil is in fact imported into Italy in bulk, mostly from Spain. In Italy, it’s packed and marketed, internationally. The Italian market share shown here is the “Packed in Italy” share.

I reviewed the 15 brands of olive oils  available from Pick ‘n Pay in early May 2014*.

The ratio of local to imported oil will increase as local trees mature (and their yield therefore increases). Further, the local version beats the imported one on both price and quality.

*(results are on https://www.facebook.com/Oliveoilgalore)

On age of, and storage of olive oil The saying runs “Old wine and young olive oil”. Freshness, typified by a smell of fresh-cut lawn, is everything. (I’ve yet to detect this freshness in an import). One can manage the triple threats of light exposure, oxidation, and temperature. – a tin is better than a dark green bottle is better than a clear bottle. Store in a dark place. – a sealed container is essential .. and once opened, finish the oil within a fortnight. A bottle made  from PET (plastic) is just as impervious as one made from glass or from tin. – chill the oil (although it will solidify at <5°C, it will melt again without any problem)(experts differ on this recommendation) Bulk storage on the estates is in stainless steel tanks at 18°C, under a nitrogen blanket.

Some useful links;

Our Christmas limited edition will go into production this week. We'll only make about 1000.

We’ve finished producing our “Wilson’s Folly” gift packs (it’s a twin pack with balsamic vinegar, in a cute box). Sold from our factory shop only, @ R100.00..


Olive Oyl in a feisty mood

The Feisty Olive

The Olive Oil Times (informative industry newsletter)

International olive oil commodity pricing (in Rands/Kg)

The Olive Source (California-based industry newsletter)

Prof Kock (University of the Free State) on Edible oil

Well-written 3rd-party article about olive oil crooks!

Buying bulk olive oil for food manufacturing (ebook)

Dateline Sept 2015; We’ve added two interesting recipes to our recipes page; Bulletproof Coffee, and Truffle French Fries

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