Black Olive Catering Introduces the Outback Pride Range

October 30, 2010

outback-pride-rangeBlack Olive Catering is proud to be the Victorian distributor of the Australian native produce range, Outback Pride.


The Outback Pride Project was created in 2000 by Mike and Gayle Quarmby of Reedy Creek Nursery, South Australia, to promote the Australian Native Food Industry and provide training and jobs for traditional Aboriginal communities.

Mike came from a talented background in plant propagation, cultivation and new product & species development.  Gayle’s family involvement with traditional communities dates back to 1932, when her father helped establish the world renowned Hermannsburg Watercolour movement alongside Albert Namatjira, one of Australia’s best known Aboriginal artists. Mike and Gayle soon realised that the bushfood industry was well placed beside the aboriginal art industry as both have a unique cultural and commercial ownership by Indigenous Australians.

The Reedy Creek Nursery has since provided the commercial base for research and development of all facets of the Outback Pride Project, including the propagation and cultivation of up to 64 bushfood species. A network of production and cultivation sites has been developed throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory.  The group of Aboriginal communities that forms this network represents the largest bushfood growing organization in Australia, and is now supported by various local and federal government departments.

The combination of cultural bush food traditions and western food practices has resulted in the branded range of
Outback Pride products.


Mark Olive has worked in partnership with Mike and Gayle and Reedy Creek Nursery since 2002, utilising their product range and endorsing its place within the Australian Native Food Industry. Mark’s Outback Cafe cookbook, published in 2005, showcases this range of native herbs and spices sourced directly from indigenous community farms, and the positive, far-reaching impact it has in each region.

In early October 2010, Black Olive Catering became the Victorian distributor of the Outback Pride range of bush foods, joining a national distribution model. Now this range will be even more accessible to wholesalers, retailers and individuals throughout Victoria.

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To learn more about the Outback Pride Project, visit http://www.outbackpride.com.au