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Boundary Bend Sets Up Shop in California

Jan. 22, 2015
Olive Oil Times Staff

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Bound­ary Bend, the largest Aus­tralian olive oil com­pany and pro­ducer of the award-win­ning Cobram Estate brand, is set­ting up a pro­duc­tion facil­ity and U.S. head­quar­ters in the Cal­i­for­nia town of Wood­land, about 12 miles from Sacra­mento, the state’s Cap­i­tal.

Over­see­ing the Cal­i­for­nia oper­a­tions is Adam Engle­hardt, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent of orchard oper­a­tions for Cal­i­for­nia Olive Ranch. Engle­hardt now holds the role of CEO of Bound­ary Bend’s U.S. oper­a­tions.

The com­pany bought a 10-acre site of a for­mer trac­tor deal­er­ship, accord­ing to the Sacra­mento Busi­ness Jour­nal, where it plans to process up to 50 tons of olives per hour, as well as house a bot­tling oper­a­tion and offices.

Boundary Bend’s new site in Woodland, CA.

Engle­hardt said the com­pany is look­ing at orchards to acquire and con­tract­ing with regional farm­ers to pro­vide fruit.

The com­pa­ny’s flag­ship, Cobram Estate, is the win­ningest brand at the 2014 New York Inter­na­tional Olive Oil Com­pe­ti­tion (NYIOOC) and is increas­ingly found on the shelves of Amer­i­can super­mar­kets.

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Bound­ary Bend cur­rently makes more olive oil than all Amer­i­can pro­duc­ers com­bined, the com­pany said. And while more than 95 per­cent of the olive oil Amer­i­cans con­sume is imported, Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers led by Bound­ary Bend have man­aged to cap­ture almost one third of the domes­tic mar­ket there.

Bound­ary Bend’s exec­u­tive chair­man Rob McGavin said in a note to share­hold­ers last year, We believe we can repli­cate, in the U.S., the suc­cess of our Aus­tralian inte­grated busi­ness.” Wealthy Aus­tralian busi­ness­man Chris Cor­ri­gan is back­ing the U.S. expan­sion.

McGavin will be a speaker at the NYIOOC con­fer­ence in April.

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