We began our 'quest' for superb, lovely tasting olive oil by chance back in the late 1990's. Having always got used to delicious olive oil when we stayed frequently at my sister's villa in Andalucia we always struggled to find it when we returned to the UK. Then, just by chance I was working alongside a Spanish lady from Malaga who told me her brother had an olive grove and took his olives to the co-operative to be pressed into olive oil. That was it...off we went and met him, tasted his oil, bought our first 200 litres, brought it back to the UK in our van, bottled it up into litre bottles and named it 'Jesus' after the owner of the co-operative.
I started selling it to people who came into the bookshop where I worked and it just flew out!
That was when we decided to invest in more. We headed back to Spain and visited different olive mills which were recommended to us by the local Spanish people. We travelled from East to West, selecting from the different olive varieties and that's when GreentoGold was born.
My partner and I launched the business in 2000. I gave up my job, but carried on teaching Spanish privately. We then set about offering it wholesale to restaurants, but our first big customer was the Eden Project for who at the time it also was a new adventure. They ordered weekly which allowed us to start adding olives, capers and other typical Spanish products to our offering.
Since then we have been travelling back to Spain at least once a year to sample and discover even more amazing oils from the remotest of areas. We have also introduced ceramics to enhance the food products starting with olive oil pourers, olive dishes and tapa dishes.
We have also taken a space in Tavistock Pannier Market and are still there today providing quality Spanish products at affordable prices.