About the Master Millers

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Bondolio Master Miller

Karen Bond

Karen’s passion is food and competition. Karen has been on the podium at the California State Fair with a tomato sauce, the 1.4 mile Alcatraz swim, the Pacific Grove Triathlon, and the National Championship Road Bicycle Time Trial. Karen has also won gold with her field blended, finishing olive oil at the Napa County Fair, Yolo County Fair, Los Angeles International Olive Oil competition and the New York International Olive Oil Competition.

Karen’s physiology includes a palate so well dialed in to olive oil that her husband was able to leverage her taste into the design of the Bondolio orchard. In 2002 and 2003, during several trips to Southern Italy and Sicily, Malcolm would assemble the olive oils he was able to find in various city markets, village open air markets and family farms. Each night, Malcolm would perform a ‘blind test’ by presenting to Karen a flight of oils to rate. For Malcolm it was amazing to experience. Karen would invariably rate highest the oil that contained at least one of three cultivars. By the end of 2003 Malcolm knew the varietals he had to plant to have at least a fighting chance of producing the olive oil that would please Karen’s palate.

Today, Karen is an enthusiastic board member of the California Olive Oil Council and serves as its Treasurer. Karen recently achieved a Master Miller certificate from the Olive Center, UC Davis.

Karen’s background is the healthcare technology industry with particular skills in international marketing and product development. Karen’s career in medical sales and administration spans more than 30 years, beginning with Smith-Kline Beckman (GlaxoSmithKline) in 1977. At GlaxoSmithKline, she served as the Worldwide Medical Sales Manager for the medical imaging division. In 1985, she joined Loredan Biomedical, a manufacturer of computerized physical therapy equipment, as Vice President of World Wide Sales. She later became President.

As CEO of Cedaron since 1990, when she co-founded the company with Malcolm Bond and Gary Engle, Karen has lead the company’s exceptional growth, market expansion and product innovation. She earned a Bachelor of Art Degree from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Master Miller

Malcolm Bond

Malcolm could not be more supportive of Karen’s vision of producing one of the finest olive oils in the USA. Malcolm has a Master Miller certificate from the Olive Center, UC Davis.

Malcolm has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical industry and is a leading innovator in medical technology and software. In 1980, he founded Loredan Biomedical, Inc., a manufacturer of computerized physical therapy equipment. He built the company into a $25 million organization in four years and one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. It was named one of Inc. Magazine’s ‘500 fastest growing private companies in the US’ both in 1989 and 1990. Malcolm holds several patents for rehabilitation system designs and outcomes management. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of California, Irvine. He has a Ph.D. in Physiology from University of California, Davis and has done Post Doctorate research at the University of Padova, Italy (The National Muscle Disease Research Center). He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University College, London, England.


Master Miller

Gary Engle

Gary is an invaluable asset to Bondolio. Besides being a master miller, Gary can identify and implement fixes to just about any problem encountered in the olive mill – electronics to mechanical, if something breaks, Gary finds a way to fix it.

Gary has a Master Miller certificate from the Olive Center, UC Davis.

Gary’s education includes a degree in electronic engineering from Sacramento State University. Gary holds several patents in the healthcare technology field. Gary has more than 25 years of experience in all phases of electronic and system design. He served as the Systems Engineering Manager for General Electric Medical Systems for six years and was the Lead Electronics Engineer at KLA Instruments Corporation for two years. In 1988, He joined Loredan Biomedical as the Senior Electronics Engineer for three years and later co-founded Cedaron Medical. Gary holds seven digital scan-conversion patents, as well as several patents for the design of rehabilitation systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.

Pre-Orders begin for our 2016 Nouvelle Olive Oil

You are preordering, and securing your bottle of Bondolio’s 2016 Harvest Nouvelle Olive Oil in our 250ml or 500ml sizes. By preordering, you will receive your 2016 Nouvelle olive oil by Christmas.

What’s Nouvelle?

Nouvelle Oil is our freshest oil just harvested and pressed which is only available during Christmas. The oil is the most pungent, fruity, and favorable at this time of year.  The oil will become more mild with time and the quality of our oil should last you three years. Nouvelle oil is extremely limited, and is based on a first come, first served basis. Place your order now to secure your bottle!


Click your size to pre-order:

Nouvlle 500      Nouvlle 250


Karen Bond- Appointed COOC Board Member

Karen’s career in healthcare technology spans more than 30 years, beginning with Smith-Kline Beckman (GlaxoSmithKline) in 1977. At GlaxoSmithKline, she served as the Worldwide Medical Sales Manager for the medical imaging division. In 1985, she joined Loredan Biomedical, a manufacturer of computerized physical therapy equipment, as Vice President of World Wide Sales and later became President. Karen has served as CEO of Cedaron Medical since 1990 when she co-founded the company. She earned a M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh.


Karen is the co-owner of Bondolio Olive Oil Company based in Winters. Karen and her husband Malcolm nurture the production and marketing of this award winning olive oil.




From the COOC Newsletter April 2015

2015 Harvest Certified as “Extra-Virgin” by the COOC

About the COOC


The California Olive Oil Council (COOC) is a non-profit trade and marketing association whose purpose is to promote the production and consumption of California extra virgin olive oil. The COOC supports certified extra virgin olive oil standards and provides grower, producer and consumer education.  Visit the COOC website

You can find the 2015 COOC Seal of Certification on all of Bondolio’s 2015 bottles. Purchasing olive oil with this seal means your are truly buying the very best!


About the Certification

“When you purchase olive oil with the COOC Seal of Certification, you know you are buying the best extra virgin olive oil made in California.

Let’s face it: many of the olive oils on the market today claim to be extra virgin, but aren’t. To give consumers confidence they are purchasing 100% extra virgin olive oil, the COOC created the COOC Certification Program.

2014 COOC Logo

The 2015 COOC Seal

In the certification program, California producers submit their olive oil for sensory evaluation, where a panel of certified tasters conducts a blind tasting, and chemical analysis, rigorous lab testing to confirm acidity levels and other aspects of the oil are on target.

Only after the oil has passed both tests, does it earn the right to display the COOC seal. Purchasing olive oil with the COOC means you are buying fresh, California grown, 100% extra virgin olive oil, the healthiest and most delicious olive oil on the market today.

Look for the California Olive Oil Council’s seal with the current harvest year on it to ensure you are purchasing certified extra virgin olive oil from California”!

The full list of COOC certified olive oils, including Bondolio, can be found at: http://cooc.com on the “about the seal” page.



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