Recently South Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne Staples hosted a morning tea and presented the two South Wairarapa Gold Awards Finalists Certificates to Schoc Chocolates and The Olive Press. Both were finalists in Emerging Services, and both from Greytown – not bad for a town with population 2202 (2013 Census).
Both businesses were Finalists in the Emerging Gold – Products category, which focuses on businesses with 10 or less full time employees.
The Gold Awards are the Wellington region’s business awards and they have been celebrating inspiring Wellington businesses since 1999. This year 1,000 business people including the Prime Minister John Key attended the black-tie dinner at TSB Bank Arena to celebrate the finalists and applaud the winners.
Adrienne commented on how both businesses further demonstrated the disproportionate wealth of entrepreneurial energy in the Wairarapa.
Named “The Olive Market @ The Olive Press”, the shop provides a specialist retail outlet for our shareholders and pressing clients. It has long been the dream of TOP MD Bruce McCallum and on Friday 9 October it became a reality.
The shop stocks branded Wairarapa extra virgin olive oil, a range of infused oils from our local producers, table olives from Hawke’s Bay, olive oil body products and some stainless steel storage containers. We will be adding to the product range regularly.
All olive oil for sale at The Olive Market has been pressed on the premises.
A feature of the new retail store is the tasting table where free oil tastings are available. A weekly roster of two or three brands will be on display and there’s a good chance our growers will be available to discuss their products from time to time.
Another Olive Market initiative is the provision of ‘fill your own’ bulk oil. Unbranded oil from some of the local groves we manage and pressed at The Olive Press will be available in 5 litre quantities – bring your own container or we have some for sale.
TOP Managing Director Bruce McCallum says “it’s another part of what the company is doing to drive the industry, to educate the public that quality olive oil should be part of our diet.”
The retail shop is part of The Olive Press complex at 14 Arbor Place, off Bidwills Cutting Road (the road to Martinborough) at the south end of Greytown.