Nov 2, 2018
A subsidiary of Australia’s largest olive oil producer, Boundary Bend Wellness, , is planning on making a display with its vertically integrated leaf extract ingredients at an upcoming trade show in US.
The company is going to highlight its vertical line of olive leaf extracts in the North American market for the first time by participating in the upcoming Supply Side West trade show in Las Vegas, NV. The company is underlining a narration of supply chain transparency with a farm to bottle message on its extracts. The company is of the notion that its vertical integration means it can offer higher quality extracts than the other players already on the scene.
“We make most of the olive oil produced in Australia,” said Rachel Kreider, Boundary Bend’s new manager of business development.
Adding value to left-over materials
“We had all this stuff left over from the output of the oil. We had pits that could be milled down to use as an exfoliant in cosmetics. And we had all the leaves on the trees, with all of the bioactive in them,” she said.
Boundary Bend has an olive tree agricultural estate in the province of South Australia as well as a smaller cultivated area in California. Boundary Bend Wellness has developed a reaping system that brings fresh leaves to its extraction facility in a matter of few hours, rather than shipping dehydrated products to long distances where it might lie in a warehouse for weeks together.
“By bring fresh leaves for extraction, important volatile compounds are preserved in the process. The company has pioneered a proprietary extraction technique,” Kreider said.
Production system designed from ground zero to up
Some olive oil producers from Southern Europe like to hype the ancient nature of their age old groves. Some trees are hundreds of years old and still producing.
Kreider said, “that’s an attractive message. But what Boundary Bend can bring to the table as a younger producer is a ground up, scientifically laid out strategy for producing a consistent botanical product”.
“Our founders met in agricultural school in Australia, and they realized the climate was ideal for olives,” Kreider said. “We have scientific method to make our trees super healthy. We propagate all of our own trees from our own cuttings.”
As of today, Boundary Bend Wellness has more than 2.5 million producing trees in Australia which has a coverage over 6,500 hectares.
“We grow a number of different olive varietals, each with slightly different characteristics. We can tell you the row of trees where an oil or where the leaves came from,” she said.
“The market is lacking in that kind of supply chain transparency in the botanical space in many cases. We can provide a wealth of data on exactly where a material came from and under what conditions it was grown,” Kreider said.
Effect of Polyphenol
“A recent research has confirmed the health promoting properties and benefits of polyphenol rich olive leaf extracts, very beneficial especially for cardiovascular and immune health. The company can offer extracts which is standardized not only for oleuropein but for hydroxytyrosol. Boundary Bend’s extract contains 70 mg oleuropein and 4.5 mg hydroxytyrosol in a 15 ml dose”, Kreider said.
“Adequate consumption of antioxidants is absolutely crucial to a properly functioning immune system. The most prominent biophenols found in olive leaf extracts – oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol – have tremendous potential to support immune health because science has demonstrated they are absorbed into the blood system,” Kreider said.
“Olive ingredients for immunity as well as for cardiovascular health are something that has definitely been under leveraged,” she said.
The main authority, Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, confirmed the bright future for the ingredient.
“Human clinical research on polyphenol-rich olive leaf extracts (OLE) shows that OLE is a botanical dietary ingredient with a promising future due to its beneficial cardiovascular properties, particularly its blood pressure-lowering and metabolic effects,” he said.