Having created the chilled olives and antipasti category, Winterbotham Darby continues to lead the market. Working work with over 33 olive and vegetable suppliers across France, Italy, Spain, Italy, Chile, Turkey, Morocco and Greece, we supply over 30 variations of named olive varietals for a range of retailers and foodservice customers.
Our vegetable offering spans sun-dried and semi-dried tomatoes, cherry peppers, artichokes, peppers, courgettes and fennel.
Through our bespoke, data-sharing platform we are able to trace olives and vegetables back to the grower – giving full visibility of the supply chain to our customers. We have a team of technical specialists and agronomists who visit and audit our growers on a regular basis. Producers also keep us updated via self-assessment questionnaires so we can capture initiatives and projects such as worker welfare, community projects, water and waste reduction, and developing biodiversity
Once harvested, our olives go to a dedicated processor where they are sorted and graded. They are then ready to be fermented before being pitted or stuffed. Our processor is committed to continuous innovation, from increasing the use of renewable energy onsite to developing more effective waste control.
We have two BRC rated AA+ manufacturing sites that offer versatility in packing from multiple size single pots to mixed platters, by hand or machine. We have a range of olives, antipasti, dressings, continental meats and accompaniments that can be marinated or infused, providing a convenient ready-to-use offer.
Vertical integration across the three process areas of growing, processing and manufacturing gives us complete visibility and enables us to thoroughly map the supply chain. With an increasing responsibility to focus on key labour issues, our collaboration with a number of industry bodies and organisations helps us to understand and manage these issues.
Each olive varietal is unique in terms of its fermentation, ripeness, origin and flavour. Here is a taster of what the ancient world of olives can offer. You can also download our olive guide here
A hot topic, the Mediterranean diet is traditional to the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.
The diet in these countries can vary from place to place, but typically includes olive oil, legumes, beans, nuts, grains, fruit and vegetables, fish, a moderate intake of dairy foods, occasional wine consumption and small amounts of red meat.
Studies have shown that such a diet can lead to the prevention of a range of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and cancer, specifically breast and colorectal.