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    YIELD INCREASE: Grampians Olive Co. business owner Greg Mathews is celebrating a win, with olive production up on last year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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    YIELD INCREASE: Grampians Olive Co. business owner Greg Mathews is celebrating a win, with olive production up on last year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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    YIELD INCREASE: Grampians Olive Co. business owner Greg Mathews is celebrating a win, with olive production up on last year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

AgLife: Olive industry bouncing back

A Grampians olive grower is among Victorian producers celebrating an above-average harvest this season.

Grampians Olive Co. business owner Greg Mathews said harvest was in full swing and production was significantly up on last year. 

“We’re flat out at the moment – we’ve got a really good crop this year,” he said. 

“We started harvest at the beginning of May and we’ll be going to the end of June. 



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“It’s really good quality and really good quantity too.”

Mr Mathews said this year’s harvest represented a ‘bounce back’ after low production and a trading slump due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We managed to get through COVID because we had a lot of support through website sales,” he said.

“The pandemic also coincided with us having lower production, so when our restaurant was closed, we had a lower crop anyway.

“It’s all slowly getting back to normal. We’ve reopened our farm shop and we’re getting a lot of support.”

The northern Grampians business is headed by two generations of Mathews,  Andrew and Susan and son Greg. 

The family’s main business includes 28,000 heritage olive trees, which produce a low yield of organic olive oil with concentrated flavour. 

The family-owned olive plantation has history spanning more than 70 years. Immigrant farmer Jacob Friedman originally planted the farm in 1943 under the name Grampian Olive Plantations Co. 

– Dylan De Jong

The entire May 26, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire May 26, 2021 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!