$20 mln investment to scale up EVOO production for U.S. market

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Australia’s largest olive oil producer, Boundary Bend Ltd., is setting up a $20 million olive press in Woodland to process 20 tons of olives per hour into extra virgin olive oil.

The press, which will begin work with this year’s crop, is part of the company’s move to set up its U.S. headquarters in Woodland. The facility also will have a bottling operation, laboratory and offices. The 10-acre site uses some existing buildings, and the company is building more structures at 455 Harter Ave., a site that used to be a John Deere dealership.

The company says its manufacturing operation could eventually scale up to press 50 tons per hour. As a measure of scale, the Seka Hills Tasting Room olive mill in the Capay Valley is a 2.5 ton-per-hour press.

Boundary Bend is looking to buy orchards and also to get contracts from growers to supply it with fruit, said Adam Englehardt, head of the company’s local subsidiary. Englehardt had previously been the main farmer with California Olive Ranch.

“The U.S. market is growing at a rapid rate, and the U.S. consumer is transitioning to higher quality product,” Englehardt said.

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