26 April 2019

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A government horticulturalist has criticised BBC gardening shows for encouraging viewers to plant foreign species that risk spreading disease. Defra's chief plant health officer Prof Nicola Spence branded TV show Gardeners' World “irresponsible” after a feature on growing olive trees. She said star presenters like Monty Don should not be encouraging gardeners to grow olives because they are a high risk for importing deadly plant disease Xylella fastidiosa.
Australia
Olive growers face challenging season with limited water supply, extreme heat
Some olive growers will see smaller olives this year due to the extreme heat and lack of water (Image: Prema Bros).
Multiple hot spells with day temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius, and little to no seasonal rainfall, are just some of the challenges olive producers have had to battle this season. With harvest starting in some parts of South Australia, some farmers are now seeing fruit that has not developed to full size or has shrivelled due to the lack of water. Despite the seasonal challenges, many have managed to still grow good quality and above-average olive crops.
Extra virgin olive oil is the juice squeezed from fresh olives. Photo: Julian Kingma.
On any given trip to the supermarket you are faced with literally thousands of food products. You want to get the shopping done as quickly as possible, but you also want to make healthy choices. From reading the tiny nutrition information on the back of pack, to being bamboozled by marketing and health claims, it can become impossible to know what to buy.

The ‘good fight’ for clarity continues!
Got something to sell, or want to buy? You can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. The industry-owned online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil - or even your grove. Like Chris, who’s got a top-condition used DeMasi harvester for sale. And if there’s something you’re looking for, it’s the ideal way to get the message out loud and clear to your peers and industry associates.

Olivebiz Classifieds cost just $40 for AOA members ($100 for non-members), including a text ad and link through to either your web page or images hosted on our site. And you don’t need to be a tech-head: just send us your info and we’ll post it up for you.

Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at www.olivebiz.com.au/classifieds. To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at editor@olivegrower.com.au

If you’re at a loose end for things to do this weekend don’t be. We’ve checked out what’s happening across the Redlands Coast and pulled together a list that will cater not only to your inner Easter bunny but perhaps discover brand new places and spaces.

One item on the list is an EVOO tasting and we thought you’d appreciate reading the references to the “craftsmanship” and “knowledge” which go into it.
The Sathya Olive Company director Tanuja Sanders with previous awards. Picture: South Western Times.
Renowned Binningup olive oil producer The Sathya Olive Company has added another medal to its honours. After snagging gold and bronze at the 2019 Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition earlier this year, the company’s peppercorn-infused oil this month won silver at the OLIVE JAPAN International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.

We’ll bring you all the local Olive Japan results in the June edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
Do you process small quantities? Looking for small batch processors – especially in NSW

The Olivegrower team regularly receive enquiries from people looking for small-batch processors and our Register of small processors generally enables us to connect small producers and suitable processors, to the mutual benefit of both. We’ve got a couple of geographical gaps, though, which we’re keen to fill, so we can ensure our list includes all processors across Australia and New Zealand willing and able to process small batches of olives.
If this is you, please send your details to Olivegrower editor Gerri Nelligan at editor@olivegrower.com.au, including contact and pricing details, minimum quantities required, and whether you will crush individually or on a “mix and percentage” basis.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Opportunities
Vic: Climate Change Innovation Grants

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s $3.8m Climate Change Innovation Grants, providing between $50,000 and $300,000 to help local communities work to reduce emissions, adapt to climate change and grow the industries and businesses that will position Victoria for a low carbon future. More information here.
Vic: Asia Gateway Vouchers

As part of the Victorian Government's Boost Your Business program, Asia Gateway Vouchers are available to support Victorian businesses and organisations develop and implement market development plans to increase export and business activities with Victoria’s top Asian trading partners. The Vouchers offer funding of up to $50,000 on a co-contribution basis and applications are currently open, closing on 13 May. More information and apply here.
Sign up to the AOA export register
The Export Register has been set up to facilitate a targeted means of communication for AOA members interested in specific export markets. If that’s you, sign up and you will be notified when the AOA receives specific information about these markets and any associated inquiries.
Events
The Olive Wellness Institute Health and Wellness Event - Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
The Olive Wellness institute is hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at the Boundary Bend nursery – and you’re all invited. The event will include presentations by world renowned Mediterranean Diet and EVOO experts Dr Simon Poole and Tassos Kyriakides, sharing fascinating stories of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the Mediterranean Diet and health, from tree to table from prehistoric to modern times. Dr Poole’s book The Olive Oil Diet will also be for sale, with all proceeds donated to the Cancer Council Australia.
Details: Tuesday, 14 May from 10-11.30am - Boundary Bend Olives Nursery, 151 Broderick Road, Lara.
Full details here and RSVP by 9 May to Abby at events@olivewellnessinstitute.org.
International

The hot weather tends to dry the skin and hair out to an extent that it begins to lose its original feel. The easy remedy - use olive oil.

Who doesn’t want to look FLAWLESS … pass these on at your farmers market stall for a sales boost!

The North American Olive Oil Association has launched a petition to get olive oil removed from the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) proposed list of retaliatory tariffs against the European Union. “It would be tantamount to a tax on the health of American consumers, who are the ones who will be most adversely impacted by tariffs on European olive oils,” the group said in a statement.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 now well underway Friday Olive Extracts  (FOE) continues to bring all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, our industry e-newsletter keeps growing in popularity and we now have nearly 4000 subscribers across the globe. If you’re not one of them,  you can sign up here.
And please remember that FOE is YOUR e-newsletter, so we’re keen to receive your news and help spread the word. Just email your information to Editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

17-Apr-2019 By Flora Southey 

Multi-Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse has encouraged industry representatives to join his gastronomic revolution – a movement that champions health, the planet and ingredients. 
 
The five articles of the humanist gastronomy manifesto all work well with our industry’s products and aims. 

"A vine is like a lover," Miha Jakovcic says. "If you neglect it, even a little, it won’t forgive you. An olive tree, however, is like a mother. You can always come back to her,"

The installation of 16 centenary olive trees in celebration of Milan's Design Week has led to some questioning the origin and the future of the trees. Artist Sabine Marcelis says the trees were ethically sourced.

When Jimmy Pappas decided to get into the olive oil business in 2017, he started small. “We had three pallets shipped over and about 3,000 bottles of olive oil,” said Pappas, the longtime Tupelo hotelier and owner of the Summit Center.

Promoting quality olive oil use to restaurants – more please!

Using response surface methodology, Spanish scientists can now predict the impact that different variables have on the olive oil production process.
What's On
2019

29 April 
Regenerative Agriculture seminar – Dunkeld, Vic

May-August
Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

5-10 May
New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

10 May
Winners announced, 2019 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14 May
Olive Wellness Institute Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Lara, Victoria

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

1 July 
Entries open, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

19-24 July
OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

30 August
Entries close, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

4 October
Entries close, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

16-19 October
2019 National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition – Albury, NSW

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

2020
9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au
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