Leckford's liquid assets revealed

Connections October 2012

Leckford has installed a new unit to produce its own-label rapeseed oil, dubbed the British Olive Oil.

Leckford Commercial Manager Andy Lazenby says: “We have been growing the crop for over 30 years and it currently accounts for about 325 acres. Until now it was sent to an external processing unit to be made into premium cattle feed, but now we can press the rapeseed to make oil and at the same time get cakes of the pressed seeds that will make top-quality feed for the Leckford Dairy herd.”

Increased demand

The increased demand for rapeseed oil is because it is considered to
have the lowest saturated fat of any culinary oil. Ambient Grocery Food Technologist Jonathon Bayne says: “Cold pressed rapeseed oil contains half the saturated fat of olive oil as well as being high in unsaturated fat. It is especially high in omega 3. In fact, rapeseed oil contains 10 times more omega 3 than olive oil.

Grocery Buyer Carla Smith says: “Cold pressed rapeseed oil is the fastest growing segment of the oils market. We expect to produce 30,000 litres in the first year – although we have the capacity to double that.”

Connections, October 2012

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