25 October 2019

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And the winners are … 
(L to R) Best EVOO of Show winners Geoffrey Treloar and Jenny Masters, W 2 Olives; Best Table Olive of Show winners Marlies and Peter Eicher, Saluté Oliva; Best Flavoured Oil of Show winner Mick La Bozzetta, ,Kyneton Olive Oil.
New South Wales producer W 2Olives has taken the coveted Best EVOO in Show title at the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards with its “W 2O” Hardy’s Mammoth. The W 2O achieved a clean sweep across all eligible categories, also claiming the trophies for Best Southern Hemisphere EVOO, Best Australian EVOO, Best NSW/ACT EVOO and Champion Robust EVOO. 
Joining them as major winners were Victorian producer Saluté Oliva, which won the Best Table Olive in Show – along with Best Southern Hemisphere Table Olive, Best Australian Table Olive and Best in Class – Dried Olives for its semi-dried Kalamata. 
Fellow Victorian Kyneton Olive Oil also impressed, taking home the Best Flavoured Olive Oil of Show and Best Agrumato Olive Oil for its Chilli Olive Oil, while Spanish producer Goya En España took both Best EVOO Northern Hemisphere for its Goya® "Unico" and Best Table Olive Northern Hemisphere for its Manzanilla Stuffed with Minced Hot Pepper.

View the full results here and don’t miss our AIOA coverage in the December edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
Australia
Dr Surinder Pal Singh, Chief Research Scientist Agriculture and Food, is one of CSIRO's newest ATSE Fellows
 
Six leaders from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, have been recognised for the impact of their research in tackling challenges like food security, invasive species and climate change. They make up more than one fifth of the 25 experts from across the country to be elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) this year.

Surra, Screw Worm Fly, Foot and Mouth, Varroa Mites, Africanised Honey Bee, Wheat Blast, African Swine Fever, TTTTF Stem Rust - the list goes on. There are hundreds of pests and diseases around the world that are a threat to Australia's $65 billion agricultural industry. 
Australian olive oil has taken the international olive oil competition circuit by storm. It's such good stuff that Larry Olmsted, author of Real Food Fake Food who has written extensively about counterfeit olive oil, says if he had to choose an oil based on nothing other than where it's from, his first choice would be Australian.

Great article – promotes both the Australian standard and the Australian Extra Virgin Certification program!

Apple cider vinegar. It’s the biggest health thing going. Everybody’s talking about it. You take a shot every day and apparently it can help you lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, improve your heart health, lower your risk of cancer and extend your life by at least 10 years, so it’s definitely worth trying because who doesn’t want to lose weight?

This is actually just a bit of fun for your Friday – but might also help promote EVOO for good health.
Got olive equipment you no longer need? Offer it for sale directly to your target market – like Peter, who has a bottling line, tanks and lots of other equipment to sell .
Some people have gear they no longer use and others are looking for a good alternative to the cost of brand new equipment. With OliveBiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source – we get them together to seal a deal. 
Our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove; or to put out a call to your peers and industry for that hard-to-find item you’re searching for. 
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.
New Ground Cover podcast episodes
Have you subscribed to the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance’s new podcast series 'Ground Cover'? Each week they share a unique and honest conversation about the challenges and opportunities offered by regenerative agriculture, with thought-provoking information that could change the way you manage your grove. Subscribe now to hear the latest episodes, including It all starts with the soil with Derek Smith – a message which will resonate with anyone who attended last week’s fantastic National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition in Albury. Listen and subscribe here.
Opportunities
$1.5 billion Water Efficiency Program now open
The Water Efficiency Program is now funding projects on farms across the Murray–Darling Basin.

The Australian Government is funding $1.5 billion in water-saving projects across the Murray-Darling Basin under its newly-relaunched Water Efficiency Program. The program aims to deliver 450GL of water for the environment with neutral or positive outcomes for Basin communities, while boosting productivity via modernisation of infrastructure for increased water use efficiency. 
The program will fund water saving projects by rural businesses of all sizes, including farmers, water infrastructure providers, industries, property developers, local governments and councils, and research groups, with successful applicants receiving funding up to 1.75 times the market value of the water they save. 
Details on eligibility and how to register here. You can also find out more via a Water Efficiency Program webinar being held on 31 October. The webinar will cover eligibility and the requirements of meeting the efficiency measures agreed criteria. More information and register here
Help make levies legislation better
Help make levies legislation better

The Department of Agriculture is streamlining and modernising agricultural levies legislation – and it wants your input. 
The levy system is industry-driven, with government imposing levies at the request of industry. Since the 1990s, the levy system and the legislation governing it has grown in size and complexity. To deliver more flexible, less complex, contemporary levies legislation that better supports industries, the department wants to hear from you through an online survey.
Get involved and give feedback on proposed changes to the legislative framework here. There’s more information on the reform process here or contact LeviesTaskforce@agriculture.gov.au.
New Zealand
ONZ 2019 Harvest Data Report 

Olives New Zealand has released the 2019 New Zealand Harvest Data Report, showing a small reduction from the 2018 harvest year in terms of tonnage harvested and volume of oil produced. Of concern is that 20 groves, including one of the country’s ‘super groves’, reported no harvest in 2019; while the positive news is that the four top performing regions all include groves following the ONZ Focus Grove Project recommendations.

We’ll bring you a comprehensive run-down on the report in the December edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
International

The European Union has published a list of 20 ‘priority pests’ that it deems pose the most serious economic, environmental and social threat to member states.

Included in the list is, of course, the ‘olive scourge’ Xylella fastidiosa.

To pit butter versus olive oil is something only an idiot would do. Butter is classical, olive oil is jazz, and anybody who thinks that one is better than the other is not somebody I want to hit the town with. So why I have spent the better part of a month haunted by the conviction that olive oil is superior for cakes?

We’re not arguing!
An engineer shows pomace-wood in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua).

Engineers from the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis have recently succeeded to turn olive oil waste into flammable and eco-friendly pomace-wood that can be used to heat houses during winter. 
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03-Oct-2019 By Oliver Morrison

Europe's food and drink sector ‘deeply regrets’ the US decision to slap 25% tariffs on EU agri-food products including Scotch whisky, Italian cheese, Spanish olives, German coffee and British biscuits.

A bigger picture look at the ramifications of US tariffs on global agriculture and trade.

28-Aug-2019 By Katy Askew

Growing interest in sustainability has resulted in a proliferation of on-pack ethical claims from food makers. But how do we know what claims are true? The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) believes it has developed an answer.
Fil Bucchino, shown during the olive harvest in Italy, brings his documentary Obsessed with Olive Oil to the Devour! Food Film Fest in Wolfville this week. - Contributed

No matter what Fil Bucchino does for a living, it seems to involve toting around unwieldy items. As a member of the punk band Flashlight Brown, it was a bass guitar. Now, as an expert taster, it’s jugs of olive oil.

This film should be on global release – great information and messages!

27-Aug-2019 By Flora Southey

Researchers have developed a comprehensive index that measures the degree of naturalness in foods. The integrative tool could “significantly improve transparency, simplicity, and trust in the food marketplace,” Hero Group’s Luis Manuel Sánchez-Siles tells FoodNavigator.
Angèl Foster, vice president and creative director, Island Olive Oil Co.

Simply by tasting an olive oil, Angèl Foster can tell you not only all about its flavor profile and culinary applications, but also the region where it was made, the variety of olive tree it came from and, if it has a defect, in which part of the production process that the defect occurred.

A business based on educating consumers about freshness, flavours and food pairings – we need more retailers like this!

28-Aug-2019 By Flora Southey

Without a national or EU-wide ban on herbicide glyphosate, a number of mayors in France are attempting to limit its use within their communities.
Farmers’ trucks line up at the Musco receiving station. The company stepped in to buy a portion of their olives after another company canceled their contracts.

Central Valley table olive farmers must wait in long lines at the Musco Family Olive Co. receiving plant in Exeter, Calif., but few are complaining.
They are relieved they have a buyer for this year’s harvest.

The shift to super-intensive cultivation, low prices for olives and olive oil, and the surplus on the international market were identified as factors that led to the reversal of a decades-long trend.
What's On
2019

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 

2020

January 20-24
Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program – London, UK

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

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