The Bovalina Group of companies is a privately owned family business owned by Carmine Bovalina. With his son Angelo and his son-in-law, they formed the Bovalina Olive Oil Group in 2002.
Carmine Bovalina arrived in Australia in the mid-1960’s. He began his life in Australia as a market gardener, helping his father growing tomatoes and the original 40 olive trees, frantoio and corregiola variety, at their Penfield Gardens home. In the early 70’s Carmine started his own business as a Merchant Salesman in the Adelaide Produce Market and a produce packing operation in his shed at home called Bova-Pak.
In 1997 he planted another 1500 olive trees at the family property. His plan was to retire from the Adelaide Produce Markets when the oil was ready to produce. In 2005, Carmine left the packing business and the Adelaide Produce Market, and formed the Bovalina Olive Oil Group.
With the fruit which is grown on the family property the business was able to create the brand Bovalina extra virgin Olive oil.
There were many olive growers in Adelaide Plains with nowhere to process their olives, so Carmine, his son Angelo and son-in-law Anthony formed a share farming strategy. If the farmers would grow olives to Bovalina’s specifications, and harvest them all at the right time, then Bovalina would have enough produce to create the Adelaide Plains brand. This took the worry of growing and bottling from the growers, so they could concentrate on producing the finest olives in South Australia.
From the original 40 trees, the Bovalina Group of companies now has in excess of 65 000 olive trees in share farming strategy.
In 2007 The Bovalina Group opened the second side of their business – Commercial Packaging Solutions. This is a bottling/cask and tin filling facility, a bulk storage and dry storage facility for olive growers.
In 2005 the Bovalina Olive Oil Group came second in the Olive South Australia Processor of the Year awards. In 2006 and 2009 they won this award. In 2007 & 2008 they took silver for their Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the South Australian EVOO Competition, and bronze in this award in 2009.