OLIVE Oil producer Boundary Bend has capped a historic period by being crowned Geelong’s Business of the Year.
The Lara-based firm claimed the top honour at the Geelong Business Excellence Awards Thursday, presented at a gala event at The Pier.
Boundary Bend took out the award after winning the Trades and Services, Manufacturing, Export and Construction category.
The company has had a remarkable period, planning a new offshoot in California and being inducted last month into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
It produces close to $100 million of olive oil per year, from its 6000 hectares of olive groves in Boundary Bend, Boort and Wemen.
From its premium brand Cobram Estate to the Red Island brand, general manager Nick Stahl says Boundary Bend is a tree-to-table business.
“We take charge of the whole process. We grow the trees, we harvest the fruit, we produce the oil, we bottle it, we market it. Everything is controlled.”
A 450-strong crowd saw a further 20 category winners lauded, including Max Action Vehicles (Innovation), Concept Electrics (Best First Year Entry) and Bellarine Veterinary Practice (Large Business).