Comvita Olive Leaf Extract


Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract is grown, harvested and extracted at their own specialised olive leaf plantation in South-East Queensland, Australia. Their fresh leaf extraction system locks in Oleuropein plus at least 11 other naturally occurring phenolics. Olive Leaf Extract is traditionally used to support the immune system and has powerful antioxidant properties to fight free radical damage. Olive Leaf Extract can also be taken to help maintain cardiovascular health by supporting normal cholesterol levels and blood pressure in healthy individuals.

Comvita has used The FoodBowl as a resource for previous Research and Development projects. The access to various processing equipment and expertise in a food grade environment is a key driver for them.

“The service that The FoodBowl provides by setting up the equipment and process prior to attending the site saves time and cost.” Explains Mark Fransen – Comvita’s Process Engineer.

The objective of our latest project was to trial a new and innovative method for the extraction of fresh picked Olive Leaf. During this extraction process, various indicators are required to be measured and monitored. The trial of the process method at The FoodBowl then progressed into engineering design, manufacture and commissioning of a commercial system.

Fransen also explains there were unexpected benefits by using The FoodBowl “feedback from the technical staff was valuable during the planning and setting up of process equipment. The subsidised cost to the client for the use of this facility is another excellent reason to use the facility”

“The new process that was trialled at The FoodBowl has been in full operation since commissioning and has added significant value to the process with improved variability, processing control and increased product yield.”

Since this project Comvita has manufactured a short run of a new product which is being launched in December 2016. Comvita now has a well-established relationship with The FoodBowl and looks forward to working together again in the future.