Gourmet Olive Oil UK founder Thilak
Abeysekera first launched the company in 2006 under the banner
of Expomarketing UK Limited. At that time he had already successfully established a number of high quality brands within the UK market place, and was a regular face at trade shows. The venture into the world of olive oil happened quite by chance, when during the summer of 2006 Thilak attended Specialty Fine Food Fair at London Olympia. At the time he was on a personal quest to find a unique product that would be well placed in the high end market.
While browsing from stand to stand, one particular object caught his eye. Sat on a table in an inconspicuous stand was a black bottle with a beautifully presented gold silkscreen print decorating its exterior. Initially Thilak thought the bottle contained wine, but after a conversation with the exhibitor he found out it was filled with an intoxicatingly aromatic extra virgin olive oil produced in Andalucía, Jaen Spain.
It was love at first sight - the design of the bottle and the contents within instantly resonated with Thilak. Following this encounter he visited the farmer in Jaen and gained first - hand experience of the processes involved in extracting this incredible olive oil. Today, Thilak deals with a number of single state farmers from Spain, and supplies these premium olive oils to the likes of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Partridges.
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