Friday 10 August 2018

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Today's Top Story
Entries open for 2018 Australian International Olive Awards 
Entries are open for the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards, with the chance to be named Champion EVOO and/or Table Olive of Show. Now in its second year with international status, the competition provides the opportunity for producers to benchmark their products against both Australian and international peers – and to showcase their winning EVOO and table olives to the world.
Key dates are: 
  • Entries now open
  • Entries close: September 21
  • Judging: 4-6 October, Adelaide
  • Awards Presentation Dinner: 19 October, Wagga Wagga, in conjunction with the 2018 National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition
Farmers call for urgent action in face of 100% drought
Farmers across NSW are calling for urgent government action to protect the long-term sustainability of the agricultural industry after the state was declared 100% in drought this week.
Citing “… uncharted territory, seeing soaring temperatures on average two degrees higher than the BOM baseline and increased evaporation” Farmers for Climate Action (FCA) say that while “Immediate relief is important, but won’t help us in the long-term. We also need government to recognise the severity of the drought our farmers are facing on the ground and link it to bigger picture and how we can adapt and mitigate to this increasing risk.”
Sign the FCA petition calling for a long-term plan for farming and climate change here.
Making a change: Wayne Adams from Erinvale Potatoes (left) and Robert Goddard from Coronea Olive Grove (right) with Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis.
For Harvest Market stalls Erinvale Potatoes and Coronea Grove Olives, every month is Plastic Free July.
The stallholders from each site were recognised for their sustainable methods at Saturday’s Harvest Market, presented with $300 signage vouchers from Think Big Printing.

Tapping into consumer trends AND making EVOO even more sustainable – great stuff!
One more week to register for Tastebook™ Round 4
There’s one more week to register to participate in Round 4 of the Tastebook™ program, the AOA’s sensory training initiative in appreciating, describing and understanding how to improve the quality of EVOO and table olives. 
After three successful rounds of Tastebook™, there is now be a cost recovery fee for participation, with registration on-line via Eventbrite: 
• Australian: AOA members $25/Non-members $30
• International - all countries: $50
Tastebook™ Round 4 samples and basic instructions will be posted on registration, along with detailed instructions and training materials via email, for responses via Survey Monkey until 3 September.
The (Qld) State Opposition Leader’s love for cooking has landed her second prize at the Ekka – and she is even happy to reveal her secret recipe.

Why is this here? Read the ingredients list: good to see politician’s promoting our local product.
Got something to sell? Or want to buy? Go direct to your target market
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our 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 – like Rob, who’s on the hunt for an olive de-pitting machine
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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
This, friends, is nothing short of plate-based sorcery. As new book The Magic Of Food reveals, healthy eating is all about synergy - that is, eats that work way better together than apart.

The first combo … “Turbo charge tomatoes with oil”.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first half of the year has passed already, with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) continuing 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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
New Zealand
Olives NZ memos:
2018 ONZ Conference 
Registrations for the ONZ Conference 2018 and the NZ EVOO Awards Dinner are now open.
2018 NZ EVOO Awards
Entries for the 2018 NZ EVOO Awards open next Monday, 13 August. 
Table Olives Course
Registrations for the Table Olives Course must be received by 31 August to confirm there are sufficient numbers.
The closing date for Certification for those wanting to enter the NZ EVOO Awards is Friday, 17 August.
More information is available at the ONZ website or email
2018 Harvest Data Report
Olives NZ is currently compiling the 2018 Harvest Data Report and forms have been sent to all grower members. This is a valuable exercise, providing industry data to national and international agencies and also the opportunity for growers to benchmark against their previous grove performance. The information gathered also allows for regional and national comparisons to be made.
All growers are urged to participate in this important exercise and can request a form via
Dario Martinelli's olive grove.
Growing olives in Valle d’Aosta, a mountainous region enclosed by the Alps, seemed unthinkable until a group of daring farmers decided to try.
The J.M. Smucker Co. and Transnational Foods Inc. were slapped with proposed class actions in California federal court Thursday alleging that they dupe customers by labeling products as extra virgin olive oil when that's not actually the case.
Wagyu beef – raised on a farm in Edenderry – and fed on a new natural livestock feed supplement developed by Irish feed producers, The Olive Feed Corporation, was on the menu at a recent tasting in Dublin.

“… turning an environmental waste product into a nutritious food” – we’ve got to get on board the olive feed train!
Castelvetrano olives have a meaty texture and a mellow, buttery flavor that’s not as assertive as the more ubiquitous kalamata or Spanish olives.

I’d rather have them straight than breaded and deep fried, but you’ve gotta love someone who appreciates the varietal nuances of table olives.
Israel is in the process of opening up its olive oil markets to the world, having raised its quota for duty-free olive oil imports. Licensed importers will immediately be able to bring 1,700 tons duty-free into the country, with this figure set to rise to 2,000 tons by 2020.
The territory including the olive groves of the slopes between Assisi and Spoleto was designed as the first Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System in Italy.
Flying with Ryanair this summer? Forget the souvenir bottle of hand-pressed artisan olive oil. The airline doesn’t allow bottles bigger than a litre to be placed in hold luggage, a policy that has been in Ryanair’s smallprint since 2015, but we only discovered when our reporter’s stash was confiscated at Pescara airport.
01-Aug-2018 By Noli Dinkovski 

Food traceability is expected to be boosted by a new £1.4m data-sharing network that will look at how the Internet of Things (IoT) can benefit manufacturers. 
What's On

10 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Big Hill 

10 August
Entries close, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

12 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Hunter Valley 

13 August - Entries open, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

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

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

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

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

14 September - Entries close, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

16 September
Presentation evening, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

16-21 September - Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere - Cape Town, South Africa

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

21 September – Presentations, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

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

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and 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

22-26 October
Olive Oil Sommelier Course – Tuscany, Italy

9-12 November 
Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo – Bilinga, QLD

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

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