Good news for our friends with severe allergies in their households! About two weeks ago, we received approval from the Commonwealth of Virginia to process olive oil in our own facility (we were using a commercial kitchen before). This is huge because it allows us to fully control the bottling process. This means that we can now offer our olive oil with the statement that Spartan Oil is bottled using allergen-free equipment.
Spartan Oil is 100% extra virgin olive oil and produced on allergen-free equipment.
Based on feedback that we've received from some customers, there are very few, if any, extra virgin olive oils that can make this statement. Those of you with kids and family members with severe allergies can appreciate how helpful this might be since olive oil can completely replace butter, peanut oil, soybean oil, and other allergenic ingredients.
To be clear, our olive oil is pressed using equipment that only presses olives. There is a minor possibility that there could be some cross-contact in the fields since our trees could be near some nut trees, but that possibility is infinitely small. During the bottling process, we use equipment that is only used to bottle olive oil and has never been used for any other purpose.
Please share this with your friends and family that might have an interest. We know there are many families struggling to find meal options in households with severe allergies and, hopefully, Spartan Oil will help to improve those options and make their meals more tasty!