27 September 2019

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2019 CONFERENCE COUNTDOWN … less than three weeks to go. Have you registered for THE industry event of the year?
The deadline for registrations is 8th of October.

The annual National Olive Industry Conference provides an unprecedented opportunity to learn and network with industry experts and peers. This year’s focus is Healthy groves, healthy businesses, with a packed program of relevant, interesting and action-provoking topics aimed at helping you achieve not just better, but the best outcome for your operation.
The event is being held in Albury, NSW from October 17-19. Check out the program here and REGISTER NOW!
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni launching ThincLab Waite at the University of Adelaide this week.
A business incubator aimed specifically at startups in the Ag Tech, food and wine sectors has been launched in South Australia by the University of Adelaide. ThincLab Waite is the only incubator dedicated to startups in the agtech, food innovation and wine sectors in South Australia.
Left: Ed Vercoe, Managing Director of Oleapak Pty Ltd
Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) helped South Australian olive oil grower and packager Oleapak to kickstart its international business. The company has grown tenfold since it started exporting in 2014.
Regenerative agriculture podcast aims to ignite change
A new podcast produced by the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance and Southern Cross University is set to ignite a much-needed national conversation about resilient farming practices in the face of climate change and drought. 
Ground Cover is a podcast for farmers by farmers, a uniquely Australian series exploring real-life stories of land managers who have undertaken the transition from conventional farming to regenerative agriculture. Each week will bring a unique and honest conversation about the challenges and opportunities of regenerative agriculture so farmers can make informed decisions about how best to manage their land.
Access and listen on your preferred device here: Apple itunes; Stitcher (android); Spotify.
Have you had your say on the unfair Health Star Rating System? Listen to why you should
Farmer Niels Olsen designed a new machine to rejuvenate his soil. (Supplied: Niels Olsen) 
Cooking oils need to be removed from the Health Star Rating System and time is running out to have your say - the final review decision will be made in November.
The survey linked below clearly states why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is healthier than refined oils like canola oil and sunflower oil, even though these oils rank healthier than Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the current system. AOA CEO Greg Seymour also provided a great user-friendly explanation on the issue in an interview with Oscar Wills on ABC Riverina’s Breakfast program – listen here.
Help fix the problem by signing the petition and leaving a comment that edible oils should be removed from the Health Star Rating System, and why.
Sign the petition here.

Let’s make this happen – have your say now!
Hope for the best, but plan for the worst
As more and more livestock producers implement a proactive biosecurity strategy for their farms, the big question continues to be how biosecurity fits into producers going about their business and living their lives as normal. At the same time several state governments, and the Australian Government, have announced or implemented changes to biosecurity and trespass legislation in the wake of a rise in on-farm trespass by animal rights activists. Read more here.

Many olive growers also have livestock on their own or neighbouring properties, so the new legislation is relevant.
Diploma of Agronomy public consultation workshops
A Diploma of Applied Agronomy and Digital Agronomy Skill Set has been developed to embed agronomic skills needs. Existing units of competency have also been reviewed and revised, and two new units have been developed for designing and managing a crop and pasture nutrition program and for interpreting and implementing agricultural data. The qualification, skill set and units are now available for industry review and feedback. You are invited to attend and provide feedback at public consultation workshops currently being run across the country; also a webinar on 16 October. Access more information, the draft documents and register here.
Keen for a bargain on olive equipment? Have organic EVOO to sell? Go direct to the Industry Marketplace for Olive Growers and Producers
Whether you’ve got something to sell or are looking to buy, there’s someone out there waiting to hear about it. And the best way to spread the word is through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source.
Our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove. And if there’s something you need, it’s the ideal way to get the message out loud and clear directly to your peers and industry. 
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.
You can be a producer, and interested member of the public, chef or judge but this is a unique opportunity to understand olive oil and table olives assessment at a professional level…click here for details.

Public promotion of the industry TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory training workshops by one of SA’s most renowned chefs – along with great advice on choosing and using fresh, local EVOO.
Sexy sterile flies hit NSW and Victorian skies
NSW DPI researcher Dr Solomon Balagawi checking a fruit fly trap in Hillston, NSW.
Millions of sterile Queensland Fruit Flies have been released over trial sites in western NSW and northern Victoria over recent weeks as scientists intensify efforts to protect horticultural crops from one of the nation’s most damaging pests. The move marks the first time the nation’s $60M effort to curb Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly), the SITPlus program, has moved into NSW and Victoria for full trials, following successful releases of the sterile flies in South Australia over the past year.
Find out more here.

While not one of the major pests for our industry, fruit fly are known to cause damage to olive crops, so this project is a welcome initiative.
Inquiry: Making agriculture a $100 billion industry

The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources has launched an inquiry into growing Australian agriculture to $100 billion by 2030. The Committee is accepting submissions to the inquiry until Monday, 14 October 2019. More information here.


Australian food and agribusinesses are boosting exports to Japan by opening overseas premises that directly serve Japanese customers. What’s more, the new trend is taking root in Japan’s culinary heartland – Kansai. Setting up an office in-market, rather than only using a distributor or importer, means businesses can build direct relationships with consumers, which is particularly critical in Japan.
Export Connect market visit program to UAE - Kuwait - Qatar
Knowing your market in-depth is a crucial first step to successful exporting. If you think the Middle Eastern markets are your target export markets, then join this delegation to Kuwait, UAE and Qatar being run by Export Connect. Visit one, two or all three markets. Registrations close September 29 – more information and register your interest here.
Closing date for entries, 2019 Hunter Olive Show
Today is the final dates for entries in all classes of the 2019 Hunter Olive Show. Show judging will happen on Saturday, 26 October, with just a couple of weeks to wait for the Awards Presentation Dinner on Thursday, 14 November.
If you’re quick (and local!) you may just be able to squeeze an entry in. Otherwise, book a seat for the awards gig and help the winners celebrate. More info here or contact admin@hunterolives.asn.au.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for SA and NSW
Registrations are open for the October TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory training workshops, so if you missed out on the first round of SA and NSW events, here’s your opportunity to secure your spot. And if you attended one of the earlier events, you may wish to build on that sensory learning via training with a new range of tasting oils.
  • SA – 12 October - The University of Adelaide, Mudla Wirra Road, Roseworthy
  • NSW – 27 October - Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Road Lovedale, Hunter Valley
The workshops offer the opportunity to learn from industry experts and sensory scientists. Feedback to date has been outstandingly positive, with attendees gaining invaluable insight into the evaluation process, varietal nuances and EVOO quality parameters. 
The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more, providing an interactive learning experience which will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives.  
The cost is just $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers, including catering and comprehensive course notes. 
More information and register here.
Celebrate the Best of the West!
The West Australian Olive Council, in association with the Australian Olive Association, is extending an open invitation to all olive enthusiasts to attend the 2019 West Australian Olive Awards Night. 
Entrants, non-entrants, family and friends are welcome to join the celebrations as the major awards and medal certificates are presented. The 2019 winning oils will also be available for tasting. 
Saturday, 12 October 2019 - pre-dinner drinks from 6pm, at Hellenic Community Club, 20 Parker St, Northbridge. Cost is $70 pp for WAOC members/$75 pp for non-members.
RSVP by 5 October 2019 to entries@oliveswa.com.au
New Zealand
New Focus Grove Project Field Days

Dates for the first round of Field Days for the new Focus Grove Project –“Meeting the increasing demand for NZ EVOO” have been announced, as follows:
  • Tuesday, 29 October - Northland
  • Thursday, 31 October - Hawke’s Bay
  • Monday, 4 November - Nelson
  • Tuesday, 5 November - Christchurch
  • Friday, 8 November - Wairarapa
The Field Days will include visits to both the Focus Groves and Alternate Groves. More information on the project here https://www.olivesnz.org.nz/events/.
James Lowe.
If you're familiar with my recipes, you'll know I'm all about incorporating fresh herbs into my desserts. Apple and sage make a charming duo in this incredibly moist vegan cake.

A handy heads-up from our NZ friends that swapping EVOO for butter makes recipes suitable for vegans.

19-Sep-2019 By Elaine Watson

Barcelona-based start-up Cubiq Foods has developed a mechanical process it claims can convert liquid oils from sunflower to olive oil into solid or semi-solid structured fats that can improve juiciness and reduce saturated fat levels in plant-based burgers, without using hydrogenation or interesterification.

Lawmakers in Austria have demanded that the government reject the landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, the BBC reports.
Mediterranean Culinary Academy is hosting a special ‘From Branch to Bottle’ event on Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, during which participants will join in the harvesting of the olives and catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how the monovarietal Bidni olive oil is made.

A Maltese version of the community picking days held this harvest season in Australia – except we welcome offerings of local public and private olives for processing. You can read all about the Tasmanian event in the September edition of Olivegrower & Processor - subscribe here if you don’t already.

Grandmothers from across India have become the unlikely stars of a television commercial promoting Spanish olive oil, in a quest to persuade Indian food lovers that olive oil could replace traditionally used fats without compromising the taste of local delicacies.

Clever marketing – let’s hope it works and opens up a huge new market for olive oil.

09-Sep-2019 By Mary Ellen Shoup

Quality is driving millennial food shopping more than ever with nearly 70% of respondents to a national online survey by Whole Foods stating that they are willing to spend more on "high quality food items" that are responsibly sourced and have a clear mission.

S ocial media is one of the best ways to reach the Millennial market: have you got yours sorted? Help is at hand via the ‘Digital Marketing for Small Business’ presentation and workshop at the AOA National Olive Industry Conference in Albury. Find out more and register here .

Archaeologists studying early Celtic remains in France have discovered traces of olive oil on pottery fragments dating from around 500 BCE, providing the earliest known evidence of olive oil use in Central Europe. Previously, the earliest evidence was from the Roman period, several centuries later.
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!

Olive oil has many health benefits, including improving weight loss and reducing the risk of heart diseases or Type 2 diabetes. Find out which olive oil is best for cooking and how to choose the best quality.

And some sound advice for Indian consumers on the topic. The header’s good – ‘for cooking’!
11-Sep-2019 By Tingmin Koe 

China’s addition of six new Free Trade Zone (FTZ) will strengthen regional trade for supplements and functional foods, but a lack of harmonised regulations means it would not fulfil its potential, according to industry players. 
“This one has seen Napoleon,” says Massimo Arsieni. “It has seen the world wars. It has seen everything. And soon it will be dead.” He throws his arms around the fat, gnarled trunk of the olive tree. He means to emphasise its age, but could be clasping a dying relative.
What's On

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

4-5 October
World Team Tasting Championship, Spain

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

12 October
Awards dinner- West Australian Olive Awards 2019 - WA 

12 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Roseworthy, SA

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

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

27 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Lovedale, NSW

2 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Tasmania

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

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

15 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Toowoomba, Qld

21-22 November
Savantes Melbourne, Australia

22 November
Hort Innovation AGM – Sydney

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 


7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

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