Friday 19 October 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
AIOA winners announced tonight!!
There’s not long to wait now until we know the winners of the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards. The results will be announced at tonight’s Gala Presentation Dinner, being held as part of the National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition in Wagga Wagga. Who will take home the coveted Best EVOO and Best Table Olive in Show awards? Best of luck to all the entrants, and congratulations in advance to all the winning producers.

We’ll bring you a snapshot of the results in next week’s Friday Olive Extracts, and take a good look at the winners and medal count in the December edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
What you need to know: China's new e-commerce law
China’s new e-commerce law will have impacts for Australian businesses using online channels to export. The Australian Trade and Investment Commission has produced a guide for Australian businesses. Read more here.
Photo: Claire Lower.
If there is one hill I will die on, it is that boxed mix brownies are usually the only brownies worth my time - but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to get fancy with them. If you’re looking to pass yours off as a little more gourmand, simply change the oil.

You guessed it – for olive oil – providing, she says, “a more refined flavor”.
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. The 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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
If you’re feeling bogged …
Or you’re trying to pull out a mate who’s stuck in the mud, Are you bogged mate? can get you connected with the right help.
Are you bogged mate? is all about helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush and breaking down the stigma around mental health issues. Find out more here.
The Federal Government has announced new funding through the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs Initiative to support the establishment of local and regional hubs to assist Australian businesses take their products and services to the global market. For eligibility criteria and to apply click here.
FIAL at Gulfood, Dubai, 17-21 February
Food Innovation Australia (FIAL) is delivering a supermarket-styled stand at Gulfood 2019. Showcase your products to connect with visitors expressing interest in products on display. Register now.
FREE Webinar - Current Evidence and Lifestyle Medicine Approach
The Olive Wellness Institute is running a FREE Webinar - A Focus on the Most Current Evidence and a Lifestyle Medicine Approach – and Friday Olive Extract readers are invited to attend.
Presented by two leading Australian Dietitians, Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos and Dr Flavia Fayet Moore, the session will detail the basis of the Lifestyle Medicine Approach, and provide a summary of the most current Systematic Literature Reviews relating to EVOO and health. The relationship between EVOO and heart health will be reviewed, together with an overarching summary of the evidence to support a Mediterranean diet, with EVOO as the principle dietary fat. 
Details: Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 12:30-1:30pm AEDT. Those attending the full live webinar will also receive an Olive Wellness Institute gift pack including a range of high quality olive based products.
Places are limited - register ASAP here.
OSA 2018 AGM
Olives South Australia (OSA) members are invited to attend the OSA 2018 AGM, being held at 6pm on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at Halifax Café, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide. The AGM will be followed by drinks, a light meal and an opportunity to network with the Board members, and your fellow OSA members.
New members are welcome – apply to join here - and access the AGM agenda and registration here.
For catering purposes, please RSVP to Returning Officer Michelle Freeman on 0448 965 349 or
Biological Farming Conference and Expo
The Australian Biological Farming Conference and Expo - Gold Coast, 9-12 November will feature Jeff Moyer, author of Organic No-Till Farming, whose expertise includes biological farming production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations and more. Also speaking will be Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard and Mycorrhizal Planet. The event is convened by SoilCare Inc with support from Environmental Analysis Lab, Southern Cross University, NASAA, Bayer CropScience, AusQual and Organic Crop Protectants. More information here.
Book NOW for Queensland IPDM Field Day. Be there and protect YOUR grove
Bookings are now open for the Queensland IPDM Field Day, the third in the national program as part of the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). Details are: 
When: Saturday, 3 November; 8:30am - 5:30pm, followed by BBQ (8pm finish)
Where: Perseverance Hall, Perseverance and Rash Valley Olives, Palm Tree, Qld. 
The field days are being organized by AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University to explore appropriate IPDM extension services focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose. Events will also be held in November in Victoria and South Australia, followed by Tasmania in December and WA events in February. More information and view the full program here.
New Zealand
Piers Fuller/Stuff: New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards head judge Esteban Santipolio with Best in Show winners Kate and Mark Bunny of Loopline olive grove in Masterton.
An olive grove in Masterton proves there must be something in the water, and the soil, and the weather, for them to be producing such award winning extra virgin oils. Loopline Olives of Wairarapa took out the 2018 Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show at The New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Awards on Saturday night.

Wairarapa scooped the pool at Saturday’s nights awards, with Juno Olives also doubling up with Best in Boutique and Reserve Best in Boutique, and The Olive Press matching with Best Flavoured Oil and Best Processor. Congratulations to all 2018 medal and trophy winners! We’ll bring you all the results and more on the winners in the December edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
EPA ramps up chemical reassessments program
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is making changes to the way some chemicals are managed in New Zealand. It is ramping up its reassessments program and taking action on some chemicals to ensure risks to people and the environment continue to be managed effectively. 
The EPA manages the regulation, approval and reassessment of chemicals classed as hazardous substances under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act. Working with international counterparts it has identified a priority chemicals list of around 40 chemicals that require review and scrutiny. Find out more and view the list here.
04-Oct-2018 By Cheryl Tay 

The FSSAI's continuous push for mandatory fortification of staple foods has been criticised by several edible oil firms, which claim it may be too difficult to implement in their specific industry. 

An interesting contemplation in regard to EVOO, given that ANY added ingredient means it’s not EVOO.
The Commission is targeting the most damaging unfair trade practices to grant farmers and small and medium sized businesses greater certainty and less need to manage risks over which they have little or no control.
11-Oct-2018 By Katy Askew 

A proposal to introduce carbon labelling on food products has been welcomed by the Danish food sector. “In Denmark, we want to showcase our production.”
Olive oil, the humble cupboard staple we doused our veggies in, may have been replaced by coconut oil in the kitchen but it seems we're finding a use for it in our bathrooms.
Katie Button, a Spanish-food expert, an award-winning chef, and the mom of two budding foodies, swears by the power of olive oil to make her dishes shine.

An informed chef promoting the varietal nuances of EVOO – great stuff!
10-Oct-2018 By Katy Askew

“Founder-led brands are going to beat big brands,” Distill ventures co-founder Shilen Patel believes. “You have an unfair advantage over the big boys.”
Nicolas Netien focuses on the symbiotic complex nature of the soil which when treated right is like a 'supermarket' for the trees
Recently there has been a huge surge in international publications hailing the multiple positive health effects of olive oil. But not just any olive oil. It must contain a large number of phenolic compounds.
All these latest developments in the field mean that Yale University has suddenly become very interested in a Cyprus farm.
Virgin olive oil prices are expected to rocket as crops have been hit by poor weather and devastating wildfires. Italian and Greek farmers are struggling this year, with their harvest down by nearly 60% in some areas, while a smaller crop from Tunisia means worldwide production is set to dip 10%.
What's On

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

24 October - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Rutherglen, Vic

25 October 25 - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Tatura, Vic

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

13 November – Olives SA AGM – Adelaide, SA

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

24 November – Olives SA NOVA site + IPDM field day – Roseworthy, SA

17-21 February - FIAL at Gulfood - Dubai, UAE

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

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