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 local olive oil in bulk, directly from the estates, 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 17 years we’ve built a great reputation, and developed three valuable brands
We operate in three distinct market sectors.
• The Consumer sector (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, we have no plans to supply the other three supermarket chains.
• The “food service” sector (that’s restaurants and hotels in plain-speak). This sector accounts for about half our turnover. The catering trade uses pack sizes ranging from 1 Lt to 20 Lt.
• The Industrial (ie Food manufacturer’s) sector (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 reach the consumer and food service sectors via wholesalers, and we service the food manufacturing industry 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.
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.
Thomson & Thompson in hot pursuit of the olive oil crooks!
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;
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..
Like preparing good food, restoring this website to its former glory takes time; I’m getting there!
SW 2014/06/01 (yikes, halfway thru the year!)