Rapeseed oil production talk to Ladies Probus

Stonehaven Ladies’ Probus Club met on November 6 when John Sorrie gave a most interesting talk on what has proved to be an exciting move in the field of entrepreneurship.

Growing rape in Inverurie and seeing it sent south for processing into cooking oil, made him question why it couldn’t be a local industry instead. With family involvement he turned to the production of Rapeseed oil on his own farm.

This was not only environmentally better as it saved food miles, but because he used the cold press method, his proved to be a much healthier product.

Free from all additives, with half the saturated fat of olive oil, good, natural omega 3, vitamin E and no transfats, it was soon taken up by local chefs who encouraged John to enter the retail market.

He can now boast many varieties of product such as flavour infused oils, salad dressings, marinades etc. available at independent retail outlets. Other products such as soap and fuel for domestic fires are available and the list of gold star awards grows ever longer. A vote of thanks was given by Jane Cook, then members were able to purchase their choice of Ola products.

‘Other Business’ referred to a recent, very enjoyable visit by members to the Dundee Verdant Works where they learned the history of the Jute trade. The upcoming visit to CLAN in Aberdeen, the Christmas lunch and a possible theatre visit in February were mentioned together with the December talk which is to be by Graham Knight, entitled “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll”.