Down on the farm - Summer Update February 2016With Aaron Prior, Comvita® Olive Leaf Farm Manager.
All of the Olive Leaf Extracts are grown and manufactured at Comvita’s specifically-designed olive groves situated in the beautiful Brisbane Valley. There are two sites covering a total area of 246 hectares. The properties are surrounded by cattle grazing properties and virgin scrub. Apart from the natural wildlife corridors, most of the properties are covered by olive trees. More than 752,559 Olea Europaea (olive) trees are grown for production of fresh picked Olive Leaf Extract. We operate the world’s largest Olive (Olea europaea) grove dedicated to the scientific farming of olive leaves.
Comvita is committed to manufacturing products which are of a high standard and maintain these standards through a Quality Management System managed by a quality team. As Olive Leaf Extract is classed as a complimentary medicine, Comvita operates and complies with a GMP standard enabling Comvita to hold a TGA licence to manufacture Olive Leaf Extract and is HACCP certified.
Managing our Olive Leaf Extract consists of propagating and planting trees, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, bottling, storage and distribution of product destined for domestic and export markets.
Comvita cares about quality of leaf and therefore health of trees. Our farm management practices are based around tree and soil health. We invest heavily in protecting our trees through Integrated Pest Management programs and providing the trees with their nutrient requirements. Trained staff perform daily tree inspection and clearance of trees before harvest. Then, leaves are freshly harvested with same day extraction to ensure quality & potency of the olive leaf extract.
Comvita has developed an extraction process with detailed operating procedures, in process inspections and final product specifications to ensure a high quality product. Documentation and record keeping is an important part of the manufacture of Olive Leaf Extract allowing full traceability from the finished bottle of Olive Leaf Extract back to the tree that the leaf was harvested from. Each batch of Olive Leaf Extract is sampled and tested to meet Final Product Specifications.
Comvita Olive Leaf Extract contains naturally occurring, beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols. These polyphenols contribute to the antioxidant activity of the Olive Leaf Extract and help to support a healthy immune system. Oleuropein is the most well-known polyphenol in Olive Leaf Extract. Each batch of Comvita Olive Leaf Extract is measured and standardised to ensure the polyphenol Oleuropein is consistent, regardless of the season in which the leaf is picked (and therefore regardless of the taste, colour or body of the liquid).
Comvita is proud to manufacture the fresh picked Olive Leaf Extract ensuring that our customers always have a high strength, high quality product made from a fresh daily harvest.