Oil’s good as awards flow in

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
This is far from the first international award Tanuja Sander's company has won.
Camera IconThis is far from the first international award Tanuja Sander's company has won. Credit: Callum Hunter

The Sathya Olive Company has added another string to its bow of international awards and trophies, this time at the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards.

Nuja’s Infusion Garam Masala was named as the show’s Champion Flavoured and or Infused Olive Oil last week, something company director Tanuja Sanders is over the moon about.

“It’s not new ... in 2017 we won the silver award for the same oil but this year our extra virgin olive oil was exceptional and won the Best Commercial WA Extra Virgin Olive Oil of Show at the 2019 WA Olive Awards,” she said.

“That becomes the base oil for our infused oils, and it lifts all the tastes of the infused ones.”

Adding to what was already a successful campaign at the Australian International Olive Awards, the company managed to pick up four other trophies including two gold and two bronze as well as another five trophies at the State competition.

“We are definitely on a roll, we’re looking at export markets and already I’ve had a couple of inquiries,” Mrs Sanders said

“We visited Japan this year and showcased our award-winning oils and met with distributors and other producers.”

To cater for the increased demand and international inquiries, a transformation has started at the company’s Binningup olive grove, one which is set to quadruple production and simplify the harvesting process.

“The big change that’s coming about is that we are moving into a new generation of super high density production, where we plant olive trees almost like a hedge,” Mrs Sanders said.

“To be competitive in the market, you can’t just increase the price of your oil, you have to look at how you are producing the oil and the costs of production.”

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