There will be no Olive Oil shortage at local food banks as Southampton Olive Oil Company will be donating $2,000 worth of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to four area Food Banks.
Co-owner of the Southampton Olive Oil Company, Dave Rudell says the Olive Oil has a shelf life of six months.
"Twice a year we replenish our stock with fresher Olive Oil so we have some, that's in the big scheme, still fresh but not fresh enough for our store," he says.
Rudell says many consumers don't understand that certified true Extra Virgin Olive Oil lasts around 18 months from when it is crushed, not from when it's put in a bottle.
Food Banks receiving the donation are located in Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Wiarton, Owen Sound as well as the OSHaRE Meal Program in Owen Sound.
Rudell says Olive Oil can be used in many different meals. "It's great in salads of course but you can also use it for marinades for meat, and sautéed vegetables, it's a very versatile product."
The 100 bottles of donated Oil's are from Chile, Australia and South Africa.
The owners of Southampton Olive Oil would like it to be known that even though it has been reported that Italy has had a poor year of production, there is absolutely no danger of the Southampton store running out Oil. "If we were in danger of running out, we wouldn't be donating it to Food Banks."