Bulk Olive Oil Blog

All About The Olive Oil Grades

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Olive Oil Grades - Extra Virgin, Pomace, OrganicIf you're sourcing bulk oil, your search will always culminate around what type of oil you decide that you want.  You may be selecting a particular grade of olive oil, or you may decide to go with a different type of oil altogether, like Canola Oil or Safflower Oil. 

If you want to get bulk olive oil prices, "What grade would you like?" will be the first question that your supplier will ask you in return.  Here's some basics about the different grades of olive oil (and other oils) so that you can make educated choices.

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Topics: Grade Information

The Difference Between Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Regular Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Olive Oil Bottles of Pure and Extra Virgin on a TableIf you go into the grocery store and walk down the olive oil aisle, you're going to find many different names on the bottles.  Names like Pure Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, Virgin Olive Oil and Light Tasting Oil. It’s true, the olive oil industry can be so confusing! Our goal here is to spell out the differences as simply as possible, so that you know what you’re buying.

What do these names on the label actually mean?

The two most common names that you’re going to find on that olive oil bottle from the grocery store will be Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil. Most people outside of the industry don't really know this, but these are the names for the different grades of olive oil which correspond to their quality and whether they been refined or not.

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Topics: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grade Information, Pure Olive Oil

What's The Difference Between Non-GMO and Expeller Pressed?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Canola and Safflower Oil are often sold as Non-GMO, Expeller Pressed Oils. These are two different traits that are used to describe the oils, but you’ll often find them together. Why is that? Let’s first review what they mean, and then we’ll go into why.

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Non-GMO refers to the fact that the seeds that become the oil are not genetically modified in the growing process. The term GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. When a crop is genetically modified, this means it’s genetic make up has been changed to help it be more resistant the herbicide Roundup and therefore grow more successfully. This is a practice that has become the norm in the US and Canadian farming communities. A non-GMO oil is made from seeds that do not use this practice.

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Topics: Grade Information, Canola Oil, Non-GMO

Bulk Olive Oil Price Tips You Won't Want To Miss

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Bulk Olive Oil PricesThe first question we get as a bulk oil supplier is... drum roll please... How much does your oil cost?  But of course!  You knew that already right?

Price is one of the biggest factors as manufacturers and distributors compare bulk oil ingredients options.  There's a good reason for this: it's one of the easiest characteristics to compare because it's a quantitative comparison (aka, it's a numbers game).  This type of comparison is a lot easier to make than the qualitative comparison that QA and R&D will have to make (based on quality, taste profiles, etc.) .  

That's why most companies start the sourcing/procurement process by looking at the price and narrowing down their options from there.  Quality and R&D testing becomes a secondary act to help narrow down the options even further and final a final selection (or two or three) that will work well.

If price is a key component for your company, here's a collection of the most popular (and pertinent) bulk olive oil articles we've written, surrounding the topic of price and cost.

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Topics: Saving Money, Advice For Manufacturers, Prices

What Does Kosher Mean?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

To be Kosher...


"Kosher" is a Hebrew word that literally means "fit" or "proper." When used in relation to food products, "kosher" means that the item in question meets the dietary requirements of Jewish law¹.These requirements are set forward by the Jewish faith, and the dietary restrictions are followed year round.

Though the Kosher Laws are very complex, the basics of Kosher guidelines can be broken down into the following categories, with a few examples for each.

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Topics: Quality Control

5 Quick Tips On How To Store Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Advise for the Home Chef or small manufacturer


  1. Keep your oil in a cool, dark place. Even if you refill your own bottles, store that bottle in a cabinet away from light.
  2. Choose packaging like green glass, tins, and bag in a box containers over clear plastic or glass. These packaging styles keep light out and help preserve the shelf life of the oil.
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Where to Buy Olive Oil & Vinegar for Your Store

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you’re starting a retail store where you will sell a variety olive oils and vinegars, you’re going to need to partner with a specific kind of supplier-- someone who’s going to be just right for your kind of business.

Olive Oil and Vinegar for Gourmet StoreThere’s lots of different types of olive oil suppliers out there, so it’s important to look for the right kind. We’ll help you keep in mind all of the different things you’re probably going to want from your new supplier, to help focus your search.

If you are at the very start of opening a specialty retail store for oils and vinegars, this is a list of the kinds of things that you’re going to want from your supplier:

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12 Quick Tips About Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

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  1. Store your olive oil in a cool, dark place.  It helps preserve the shelf life and keep it from spoiling too soon.
  2. Try to use your olive oil within 1 year of the date of harvest.  Most oil is actually good for 2 years after harvest, but it’s a perishable product and the sooner you use it after pressing, the more delicious it will be.
  3. For a lighter olive oil flavor, try a lower grade of olive oil like Pure Olive Oil or Olive Pomace Oil.  They’re both refined oils and have less flavor and color.
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Topics: Grade Information, How It's Made

5 Things To Consider When Buying Bulk Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Are you looking for bulk olive oil? There are some basics decisions that you’ll have to make before placing your first order.

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Choosing the right grade (or blend of grades) of olive oil will be the first step and may include your Product Development or R&D teams. A big part of this step will be doing test production runs with oil samples to make your final decision. If you’ve already selected a grade of olive oil or a blend, give yourself a pat on the back. Keep an open mind when reviewing each of the options though-- you may find that you can choose a different grade that will reduce cost but still meet all of your quality and taste needs.

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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers

Kosher vs. Kosher For Passover Certification

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Kosher Certifications for Manufacturers


Do you need your bulk oil to be Kosher Certified? If so, you’re not alone. The Kosher Certificate is one of the most requested quality document, second only to the Certificate of Analysis.  

Kosher certified foods are in high demand in today’s market. Some manufacturers also produce products that are “Certified Kosher for Passover”. So what’s the difference between these two certifications? Let’s start at the beginning...

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Topics: Quality Control