Cedar is a Lebanese-Canadian company that manufactures many kinds of olive products. The Cedar Black Olives Vacuum Pack is a Turkish style black olive.
The color of the olive dictates how ripe they are when harvested. Green olives are picked before ripening, and black olives are picked while ripe. That is when the color has turns from green to black. Raw and fresh olives are inedible due to their very strong bitter flavor, so both green and ripe varieties are cured. In order to cure them properly they are packed in salt, brine, or water.