Friday 14 December 2018

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Today's Top Story
Their shape, color and texture are almost identical to that of the olives on a tree, making it hard to determine which are the real olives and which are the intelligent fake ones that act as a lure to prevent and detect olive thefts in the grove, an increasing concern in Spain’s olive sector.
Talbot Grove and Rangihoua Estate make Flos Olei 2019 best farm list
Western Australian producer Talbot Grove and Auckland, NZ producer Rangihoua Estate have both been featured in the 2019 edition of Flos Olei, the international guide to “500 Excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil Farms”. Published in Italian and English, the guide is now in its 10th year and also lists an annual “Best 20 – The Oscar List”, this year dominated by Italian producers. View the full list of included farms here.
Cobram Estate takes freshness 3D
Cobram Estate has brought to life its unique "tree to table" story via a virtual reality 360-degree video. The Tree to Table video, hosted by Cobram Estate co-owner Rob McGavin, takes consumers on a virtual tour of the 6,575-hectare olive grove in Northern Victoria, as well as the nursery and bottling plant in Lara, to see how the olives are grown, picked, pressed and bottled for the ultimate in freshness, quality and health benefits that EVOO can provide. Watch it here.
New biosecurity blueprint to protect the future of farming
The government has released its national response to the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) report Priorities for Australia's biosecurity system, confirming a commitment by all governments to build a stronger national biosecurity system to meet new challenges and protect Australia's farming future. Read more here.
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
With 250 Australians being diagnosed with dementia daily, the role diet plays in dementia should not be disregarded.
Help make rural life better – today!
The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to help improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia, with the findings used by entities ranging from local governments to farming and community organisations to guide their activities and priorities. This year, additional questions ask about experiences of drought (past or present) and views about drought support, and in 2019 a report on supporting rural and regional communities during times of drought will be produced.
The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes today, 14 December 2018: please consider participating and sharing your valuable insights.
Access the survey here. For assistance or to have a paper copy posted to you, email or call on 1800 981 499.
AOA office closure dates
The AOA office will be officially closed from 5pm on Friday, 14 December 2018 (yes, that’s today) and will reopen again at 9am on Tuesday, 29 January 2019.

The AOA Board and management thank all members and industry associates for your ongoing support, and wish you and your families a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
New Zealand
Olives NZ Christmas closure dates
The Olives New Zealand office will be closed for the Christmas/New Year period from Monday, 24 December and will re-open on Thursday, 3 January.
Best wishes from the Executive and Board for a happy and relaxing festive season, and a great start to 2019.
National and global distinctions to the quality of its olive oils, changes in their packaging and image, new approaches to olive cultivation and processing, and a greater product presence in international markets are some ingredients of the transformation of Extremadura’s olive sector, a change that is helping olive oil become a more relevant product in the economy of this Spanish community.
Olive oil is most commonly thought of as a kitchen staple, but for thousands of years it's also been used for all sorts of things that have nothing to do with food. Check out these smart alternative household uses for that unassuming bottle of olive oil hanging out in your pantry.
According to tradition, a small olive oil jar was used to light the menorah in the Second Temple in Jerusalem for eight whole days, after the Jews had successfully risen against their Greek-Syrian oppressors. Even today, many people still light their Hanukkah menorahs with olive oil candles.

And not just in Israel …
Last year, California's olive groves produced roughly 4 million gallons of olive oil. But because of this year's strange weather patterns–an unusually hot winter followed by a bout of cold–the California Olive Oil Council estimates that only about 2.8 million gallons will have been produced by the end of this year's harvest.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The year is rapidly ticking by, 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!
The completion of a $6-billion dam in the south of the country could hold the key to sustaining Portugal's dramatic increase in olive oil production, but it does not come without its critics and controversies.
Photo: Hannah Howard for Olive Oil Times.

Spain is a giant in the olive oil world. The country produces almost half of the world’s olive oil, more than three times as much as Italy, Greece or Tunisia. Over 250 million olive trees grow in Spain.
Doctors frequently advise obese patients, particularly those with metabolic syndrome, to lose weight by adopting a healthy lifestyle. While low-fat and low-carb diets help in the short-term, research doesn’t support their long-term benefits. A new study found the combination of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) and exercise promoted weight loss and reduced cardiovascular risk, benefits that were maintained after one year.
What's On
1 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Wangaratta region, Vic

3 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Mornington Peninsula, Vic

15 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – New Norcia, WA

17 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Margaret River, WA

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

March - dates TBC
Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days – various regions, NZ

23 March - Olives New Zealand 2019 Annual General Meeting – Carterton

25 March 25
Closing date for entries, 2019 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – Tokyo, Japan

1 April
Closing date for entries, Oil China Competition 2019 - Beijing China

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

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

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