Loading... Please wait...


Check out our featured range of fine food and drink brands.


our newsletter

  • Wish Lists
  • My Account
  • Order Status

Blog - Local Producer

Six Questions from Greencity with Ola Oils

Posted by

Ola Oils is a unique family business founded in 2008, producing cold pressed rapeseed oil on their farm in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Growing all their seed on the farm, they’re able to closely monitor the process from the sowing of the seed, right through to the finished product – pure rapeseed oil, the idea Scottish alternative to olive oil. A family business through and through, Ola Oils is run by husband and wife John and Connie Sorrie, son and daughter, John and Chloe, and their partners Ellie and James – we heard from them about the establishment of their business and their tips for local business success, as they answered our ‘six questions’.

How/why and when did you start your business?

Ola Oils was founded in 2008. We have grown rapeseed on the family farm for many years and decided to diversify to bring a new product to the market. We were the first in Scotland to cold press rapeseed oil. Ola contains half the saturated fat of olive oil and ten times the omega 3. We were excited to be able to produce a local healthy alternative.

2. What advice would you give to someone starting a new business in the sector?

I would say to be prepared to put in a lot of work! Getting a business off the ground is non stop but it is also so rewarding.

Don't be afraid to ask questions and get advice from others in the sector, but also having your own business gives you the opportunity to do things the way you want and make your own decisions. You are your own boss!

3. What motivates you?

It's still exciting to see our products in shops and on the menus in restaurants! We are motivated to see our products increase in popularity. Buying local is so important and we are proud to be contributing to that. Knowing we have converted many people to using a more healthy cooking oil is fantastic.

4. How do you think the food & drinks industry could improve?

Buy local, buy British. Support your local artisan food and drink producers!

5. Is there an individual or organisation, current or in the past, who inspires you?

We are all inspired by our parents who are all honest hard working people.

6. Apart from Greencity, which other three or more people, living or deceased, would you invite to make a dinner party entertaining?

We are family orientated and we enjoy nothing more than having the family together around the dinner table. The children are always guaranteed to make it entertaining!

If you’d like any more information about Ola Oils, you can check out their website at
olaoils.co.uk or contact the Greencity Sales Team who are always happy to help.

Six Questions from Greencity with Ethical Dairy

The owners of The Ethical Dairy had experience of running an organic dairy farm for more than twenty years, and their cows had already benefitted from some of the highest welfare standards in the UK, but they knew they could do even better.They built a new dairy, specially designed to house calves with their mothers unlike in traditional dairy farms [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Herbivore Kitchen

Introducing delicious brownie bakers Herbivore Kitchen! After initially testing her products at the Leith Vegan Market, founder Alison branched out by taking The Herbivore Kitchen to other markets, foodie events and Festivals. The Herbivore Kitchen offers delicious, fudgy, choc-packed brownies, and people are always surprised find that they are both wheat free and vegan.Now with an extended shelf life, we [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Paisley Drinks Company

A name that shouts about it's home town says everything about this company - vibrant and proud! Using an elephant to symbolise their ambitions for growth and become a force in the craft soda revolution, The Paisley Drinks Company offer bold flavours using unrefined sugars and are completely free of artificial colouring, flavouring and additives such as aspartame.Four flavours of delicious [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Bellfield Brewery

Bellfield Brewery in Edinburgh is the UK's first craft brewery dedicated entirely to gluten-free beer. It’s a brewery with a mission: to create great tasting, gluten-free beer that anyone can drink. Bellfield’s founders are coeliac, so they’re really passionate about what they do; producing beer in small batches, using traditional methods combined with non-traditional ingredients. Just naturally, great tasting gluten-free beer [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Rapscallion

Supporting local businesses is what we love more than anything. Rapscallion are Glasgow-based makers of craft soda for whom flavour is everything. Gregor Leckie developed his drinks based around seasonal fruit and less sugar; now, after working around the clock, he has managed to make the drinks ambient, extending the shelf life while keeping those flavours as powerful as ever. [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Ella Drinks

Ella Drinks are a fantastic producer of three all-natural ranges of delicious fresh fruit juices, based in Angus in the East of Scotland. Their most distinctive product is the deliciously sparkling raspberry juice drink Bouvrage, which they have been making for nearly 20 years, taking Scottish raspberries available for only a short season and showcasing [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Bon Accord

Founded in the early 1900’s by brothers Thomas and David Robb, then expanded by Thomas’s four sons, Bon Accord has always been a family business with strong Scottish roots. With factories in Aberdeen and Arbroath, depots in Inverness and the Central Belt, and a fleet of iconic lorries, the original Bon Accord delivered their distinctive [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Aye Pickled

This week's six questions are with Aye Pickled, whose vibrant range of pickles, slaws, and sauces we've been happily stocking since the beginning of this year. Based in Edinburgh, and a regular fixture of the city's flourishing food market scene, Aye Pickled look to reinvent the flavours you expect from condiments. Their pickles are made [...]

Read More »

Six Questions from Greencity with Growers Garden

This week's six questions are with Growers Garden, a collective of Scottish farmers based in Fife who are bringing their generational knowledge of good farming practices together to create innovative, food-waste-fighting snacks in the form of their delicious broccoli-based crisps! Growers Garden crisps were a hit with us as soon as we tried them, and [...]

Read More »

Back to Top