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

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

 We supply most bulk users, wholesalers, and food manufacturers nationally. 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 smaller pack-sizes (in just about any size, from 250 ml to 1000 L).

Over the last 15 years we’ve built a great reputation, and developed three valuable brands.

The market segment in which we are strongest is the so-called “food service” segment .. (that’s restaurants in plain-speak). The other segments in which we are active are the Industrial (ie Food manufacturers), and the Consumer range.

Smaller users should please contact us for details of our regional wholesalers.

Although olive oil is what we’re best known for, we stock no less than 20 different edible oils, plus the derivatives that we pioneered ourselves (eg the family of flavoured oils, namely Truffle, Lime, Garlic, Peri, Basil, and Butter).  Our unblended “Wilson’s” range includes Avocado, Peanut, and Walnut oil (inter alia), and (of course!) extra virgin olive oil.

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 the product.
We’re phasing out the “SKY” brand in favour of the “Wilson’s” brand. The consensus is that the different brands confused customers.

Thompson & Thomson


The olive oil police on the trail of an adulterer!


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)


Like preparing good food, restoring this website to its former glory takes time; I’m getting there!

SW 2014/04/14



Olive Oil from Wilson’s Foods – the Oil People (since 1997) — 6 Comments

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