01 November 2019

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Today's Top Story
Food media gets a taste of 2019’s industry ‘Best’
Enjoying the pre-lunch tasting of 2019 AIOA-winning EVOO and olives were, from left: TV and radio presenter Chris Bath, nutritional scientist and media personality Joanna McMillan, AOA CEO Greg Seymour and food coach Judy Davie.
On Wednesday a group of Australia’s top food, health and food service media personalities gathered for the annual AOA Media Luncheon at Pendolino restaurant, where they tasted award-winning EVOOs and table olives from this year’s Australian International Olive Awards and met their dedicated producers. 
The event’s specially created menu celebrated the quality and versatility of Australian EVOO and olives, while the growers, AOA CEO Greg Seymour and several of the guests themselves shared valuable information about production methods, culinary uses, health benefits, and what sets fresh Australian EVOO and olives apart – and above – the rest.

We’ll bring you full coverage of the event in the December edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
Australia
Josh Frydenberg and David Littleproud visited drought-affected farmers in NSW and Queensland in October. (Twitter: @JoshFrydenberg)
Drought-stricken towns will be the target of federal stimulus potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars under a program designed to support regional communities enduring hardship.
To avoid heavy penalties, check what you can bring into Australia and if in doubt always declare it on your Incoming Passenger Card. Photo: Michael Masters
For the first time ever, a visitor to Australia has had their visa cancelled for breaching our biosecurity laws. The passenger arrived at Sydney International Airport from Vietnam with a bag full of undeclared food. Their luggage included a whopping 4.5 kilos of pork, as well as garlic, fruit, raw eggs and over a kilo each of squid and quail.

Tougher biosecurity laws are great news, when things like this are happening …
Australia has strict laws about sending plant material from overseas, but this doesn’t stop those who try to circumvent import restrictions by marking their parcels as something innocuous. That’s where our biosecurity officers come in. A parcel sent recently from Hong Kong, marked as containing ‘packing bags’, turned out to contain something rather different: 65 live succulent plants growing in soil. Both soil and plants sent through the mail could courier exotic plant diseases, insects and snails onto our shores.
Switching to more plant foods is considered paramount for planetary and human health. Photograph: Alamy.
Eating less meat and dairy, and more plants and native food, could significantly affect our carbon footprint – and health.

Among the beneficial dietary elements mentioned specifically is – not surprisingly – the Med Diet and olive oil!
Have you had your say on the unfair Health Star Rating System? Do it now - time is nearly up!
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 this month.
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. 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.

Let’s make this happen – have your say now before it’s too late!
The campaign has gathered thousands of followers in just over a week. (ABC Western Plains: Adriane Reardon). 
When Grace Brennan called on people in the city to support regional businesses, she never expected the campaign to take off the way it has. "It's just remarkable who has got behind it." Ms Brennan created #buyfromthebush to shine a light on drought-affected towns struggling to maintain their businesses. It markets to the big cities to encourage people there to buy remotely in the lead-up to Christmas.

Some of your towns may want to get on board this great initiative …
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.
FUTURE: Sustainable farming practices are encouraged by major businesses, however implementing them in the field may not be as easy for all. 
Rewarding farmers for reaching sustainability targets has been put forward as a means to improve global agriculture's green credentials. For some observers though, more grower-driven approaches could have longer term benefits. Sustainability was one of the focuses at the Bayer Future of Farming dialogue in Germany this month.

This was one of the topics also explored at this year’s AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition in Albury.
Opportunities
Free Trade Agreements Seminar, Barossa Valley, SA
Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are holding an information seminar on opportunities under the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) covering 11 countries including Canada and Mexico. Attendees will also hear about the recently signed agreements with Indonesia, Peru and Hong Kong, as well as existing FTAs with Korea, Japan and China.
Whether you’re an experienced exporter or interested in getting started, this is an opportunity to hear from key government and industry representatives about:
  • the growth opportunities for your business through exporting and utilising FTAs
•  where FTAs fit in your export plans and how you can benefit from them
  • tariffs and Certificates of Origin, and the grants and other government assistance currently available.

Details: 14 November 2019, 9-10.30am – Barossa Chateau, Lyndoch, SA.
Cost: Free. 
More information and register here.
FWO Awards in Action sessions

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is holding its next round of ‘Awards in Action’ sessions, providing clarity over changes to the Horticulture Award and an opportunity for growers to provide feedback about piecework arrangements.
To register for these sessions, email engage@fwo.gov.au.
Coffs Harbour – Wednesday, 20 November, 3:30-5:30pm - Coffs Harbour Racing Club and Function Centre, Howard Street.
Shepparton – Wednesday, 4 December, 3:30-5:30pm - Quality Hotel Parklake, 481 Wyndham Street.
Growers with questions about how to interpret the Horticulture Award are encouraged to contact the FWO on 13 13 94.
Events
SA: Tasting Course celebrates the 2019 olive harvest
Olives South Australia and the WEA are running a Tasting Course with Royal Adelaide Show Chief EVOO Judge Trudie Michels, celebrating the new season’s medal-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Participants will explore and taste the unique qualities of over 10 different styles of oils, learning to recognise different olive oil characteristics and what to look for in a great olive oil. 
This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best about the best, open to anyone with an interest in good food and good health - consumers, producers, olive industry members and everyone else!
Details: Sunday, 3 November 2019, 11am-1:30pm - WEA, 223 Angas St, Adelaide, SA.
Cost: $52 per person.
Enrol here - course #97089.
International

A major Spanish olive oil-producing and exporting company plans to open a new production center in the United States, with the aim of evading newly-imposed tariffs on some olive oil imports from Spain, Vox Populi reports.

Meanwhile …

With US tariffs on some Spanish olive oil imports coming into force, Greek producers should have an advantage over Spain. However, the nation has not been able to profit from exporting its olive oil reserves.

Olive oil is the first thing that goes in the pan when you’re cooking vegetables. It’s the base for salad dressings and marinades, the perfect dipping sauce for bread. Once you find a good one, you may not want to let it go.
Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is a well-known staple of the human diet. Enter OlivPet, hoping to extend that to pet treats. Privately-held Worldwise, Inc. of Novato, already into pet carriers and toys, is offering a proprietary blend of the oil with other ingredients, touting it as producing a notable change in luster and shine.

Regenerative agriculture - an approach that is increasingly being utilized in the olive industry — was listed as one of the top ten most anticipated and innovative food trends for 2020 by the U.S. multinational supermarket chain Whole Foods Market earlier this week.
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.
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24-Oct-2019 By Guan Yu Lim

Four years after its launch, Japan’s Food with Function market now encompasses 2,409 products with the sector set to hit the US$2.5 billion mark this year.

28-Aug-2019 By Flora Southey

Frustrated by the lack of attention given to today’s food challenges in the mainstream media, sustainability expert Roberta Iley has listed nine of the ‘worst food stories’ she believes should be making headlines.

There are important messages here for every food producer.

21-Oct-2019 By Asia Sherman

Argentina’s National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices (ANMAT) recalled a list of products this month including olive oils, canned goods and medical items for failing to comply with current regulations.
Francesco Bellani, 96, during olive harvest this month (Photo: Terra Rossa).
October in Croatia is a time when many have to put in the hard work and harvest their olives. Hand-picking can be hard work but not for 96-year-old Francesco Bellani. Just four years shy of his 100th birthday, Francesco is maybe the oldest active olive oil producer in Croatia. 

Regular work in the grove and daily EVOO – hope we’re all this good at 96!
What's On
2019

2 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Tasmania

3 November
Olives SA/WEA Tasting Course - Adelaide, SA

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

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

14 September
FTA Seminar – Barossa Valley, SA

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

20-24 January
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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