It’s just over six years since Rob and Pam Marsden, the founders of OliveOlive, sold their first bottle of olive oil. The Broughton-based company sells beautiful extra virgin olive oil and traditional halloumi cheese, which are both produced in Cyprus, and is a real family affair.
Rob had reached a point in his career where he wanted to do something different to his 9-5 office job and with Pam’s family hailing from Cyprus where they run their own olive farm, he saw the perfect business opportunity. With the support of nursery manager Pam, he gave up his job in recruitment to set up OliveOlive and the couple hasn’t looked back since.
The olive variety used to make the golden oil is known locally as the 'Cyprus' olive, which is handpicked and pressed in the family’s own mill within 24 hours. The olives are harvested once a year between late October and early November and the couple are usually on hand to help with the process. Once the oil has been extracted it is bottled and transported back to OliveOlive where the labels are added before it is distributed to homes, restaurants and pubs across East Anglia.
The oil, which has been praised by top chefs including Tom Kerridge and James Martin, and is also used in Cambridge’s very own Michelin-starred Cotto, is available to buy online and in a variety of local indies including Radmore Farm Shop and The Cambridge Cheese Company. You will also find the halloumi, made the traditional way using 100 per cent goats’ milk and described by Pam’s mum as ‘the best halloumi in Cyprus’, on the online shop too.
Along with Pam’s son Stefan, at the weekends the couple attend various food events and markets – just check out the ‘Events’ section on their website for full details and sample the Cypriot flavours for yourself.
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