The company has a humble and modest beginning, having started off as a small family‐owned business in Nyazura before a move to Harare. In 1931, Olivine purchased premises in Birmingham Road, where the company is now situated. The first plant installed was for crushing groundnuts and producing cooking oil. Olivine Industries started off by selling oil and then ventured into making soap. The first soap produced was the famous Big Ben.
In 1958 the famous Buttercup margarine was innovated. Olivine also started supplying in bulk to the baking industry. Eight years later, Olivine broke fresh ground by being the first to produce cotton seed oil which helped to satisfy the then oil hungry market.
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In 1982 Olivine Holdings was purchased by Heinz, this led to the increase of Olivine’s well-loved range by adding canned products like baked beans, tomato Ketchup, soups, marmalades and various condiments into the range. In 2007 the shareholding changed with AICO Africa Limited and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as the new shareholders. The former Heinz vast range is now produced and marketed under the Olivine brand. Over 85 years down the line Olivine is still operating as a family, the only difference being that Olivine is now a bigger family that is well coordinated to satisfy its customers’ needs.
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Corner Birmingham and Plymouth Roads,
Southerton, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 4 754 556-64,
Fax: +263 4 754 569
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