Friday 02 March 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
Local success at LA International EVOO Awards
The AOA is celebrating the achievements of Olivecare® Code of Practice members Cape Schank Olive Estate and Chapman River Olives at the recent Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, where Australian producers once again made their mark on the competition. 
Mornington Peninsula producer Cape Schanck Olive Estate took top Australian honours, awarded three Gold Medals for its Leccino, Picual and Coratina varietals, and Silver for its Frantoio. Fellow Mornington Peninsula producer L'uliveto Verde also took home a Silver, as did WA’s Chapman River Olives, while Queensland producer Sommariva Olives added to Australia’s medal tally with a Bronze.
Across the ditch New Zealand’s Matiatia Grove is also celebrating, awarded a Bronze medal for its Waiheke Island produced EVOO.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Being undertaken in May by government and industry bodies, Exercise Border Bridge will assess how New South Wales and Queensland can respond to a biosecurity incident occurring across both jurisdictions. The scenario will be based on a pest and disease incursion – one which affects livestock and the other will be a threat to plant production industries. Read more and download the fact sheet here.

This is one example of why it’s such an important exercise …
Every year, September marks the start of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season. This is when these offensive smelling bugs are likely to arrive in Australia on imported goods - usually on machinery from the USA and Italy. It’s important to be vigilant because if BMSB established in Australia, it could attack 300 types of plants – including olives. Read more here.
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can now reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our new online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertising your unwanted equipment, extra oil - or even your grove. 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/month for AOA members ($100/month 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, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO
To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at 
Discover Dr Joanna McMillan's top 5 Cobram Estate recipes
The latest edition of Cobram Estate's newsletter shares the company’s top 5 nutrition inspired recipes created by Dr Joanna McMillan. The pictures alone are delicious!! Take a look here and then spread the word/link.
Friday Olive Extracts – YOUR e-newsletter, so send us your news
Two months down, just 10 to go! We’re now well into 2018 with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, the weekly format introduced in 2017 has made our industry e-newsletter even more popular, 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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
2018 Australian International Olive Awards 
Planning is well underway for the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards, with key dates announced this week as follows: 
  • Entries open: July 16
  • Entries close: September 21
  • Judging: 4-6 October, Adelaide
  • Awards Presentation Dinner: 19 October, Wagga Wagga

You can read more about this year’s competition in the March edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards
Dates have also been announced for the 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards, run by Olives South Australia, as follows:
  • Entries open: July 1
  • Entries close: August 17 
  • Judging: August 25 
  • Awards Presentation Dinner: September 5.

For more information contact Olives SA president Michael Johnston at
evokeAG 2019
AgriFutures Australia is hosting a unique international technology event specifically for the food and farming community called evokeAG in February 2019. Focusing on new technologies like machine learning, robotics and more, the event will explore new directions for the next generation of food and farming through the practical application of new technologies to solve real problems in the real world 
evokeAG 2019 will take place in Melbourne on 19- 20 February 2019. Learn more here.
Dive Brief: New data from SPINS shows culinary coconut oil sales fell 25.9% in 2017 in the conventional channel - a stark contrast to the category’s 38.8% growth in 2015, Food Navigator reports.
Self portrait by Giovanni Andrea Panebianco at La Collina
Listening to the stories of those who have joined the growing ranks of high-quality producers, I realized that achievement of their objectives often corresponds to a self-realization.
Olive oil is no longer a surprise skin-care routine ingredient seeing how it’s soared in popularity over the last few decades. Makeup surgery might be an option for better skin, but why would you consider it when this vitamin E powerhouse promises similar, if not better, results?
Dr Amal Kaddoumi with her research team.
Results of a recent scientific study of mice at the University of Louisiana at Monroe suggest oleocanthal rich extra virgin olive oil deserves to be designated a "medical food."
Stainless steel appliances look amazing - for the first 10 seconds, that is. If you're a mom, then you know exactly what we're talking about.

Is there anything olive oil can’t do!
Bulk olive oil imports to the United States are on the rise. The world’s largest olive oil importer increased its demand for containers weighing 18 kilograms or more by 26%.
Thirteen Greek extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) have been awarded among the most highly acclaimed olive oils in the world because of their success in international olive oil competitions in 2017.

You can join them, via a win in the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards (AIOA). See our Events section above for more details.
What's On

15-23 March - ONZ Focus Grove Project field days – various regions, NZ

16 March - Invisible Farmer Symposium - Melbourne University, VIC

19-23 March  – IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course - Barcelona, Spain

24 March - 2018 Olives NZ AGM – Napier, NZ

9-10 April – Olives NZ Processing Seminar - Auckland, NZ

12 April - registration closes for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

21 April - Horticulture for Olive Growers – Nangkita, SA

22 April - “Olive U” classes – Nangkita, SA

8-9 June - OLIVE JAPAN international trade show 2018 – Tokyo

24-26 June - Fine Food New Zealand – Auckland, NZ

6 July – Closing date for Invitation to Participate, Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC

July 16 – Entries open, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

August 17 – Entries close, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

20 August – Entries open, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

September 5 – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

September 21 - Entries close, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

5 October – Entries close, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

13 October – 2018 ONZ Conference & NZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Masterton, NZ

14 October – Olives NZ grove visits – Wairarapa, NZ

18-19 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 - Wagga Wagga, NSW

19 October - Awards Presentation Dinner, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards - Wagga Wagga, NSW

15 November – Presentation dinner, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at
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