Oliomio Milestone Celebration – 20 years in South Africa

Since 1997 olive oil producers in South Africa have reaped the benefits of internationally recognised, innovative and functional olive oil processing equipment.

The association between MORI-TEM, then known as TEM (Toscana Ecological Mori) , and the Zichella family, was initiated by Marco Zichella and subsequently moved forward by his daughter, Benedetta Lami Zichella. Today, as sole agent for Southern Africa, Benedetta ( who serves on the South African Tasting Panel and has also judged in international olive oil competitions ) has been the driving force behind building the business into a leading enterprise, which has supplied more than 120 processing plants to local olive oil producers.


This successful association was commemorated at a celebratory luncheon at the Glen Carlou Wine Estate on Monday 24 April. Giorgio Mori, owner and CEO of Mori-Tem and his wife Patrizia, hosted this illustrious event. In addition, on the preceding Saturday, OLIOMIO owners were treated to a masterclass in the most innovative approach to olive oil processing and technology. (At the workshop the wines were generously sponsored by Stellenbosch Vineyards).

South African olive oils are increasingly enjoying international recognition. MORI-TEM and OLIOMIO are proud of their association with these award-winning producers.

This is encapsulated in the words of Benedetta Lami Zichella: “I see growth and commitment, I see learning and improving, I see hard work and dedication, I see quality and results but above all I see a common passion, olive oil!”

See our gallery of photos from the day here.

Oliomio team

For more information contact:

Benedetta Lami Zichella
082 5599 190

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