Friday 09 March 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
Australian olive imports down
Australian olive oil imports (including olive pomace oils) decreased substantially in the last quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, falling from 8338 tonnes to 6899 tonnes. Imports of table olives in the first four months of the 2017/18 crop year (September-December 2017) also reduced by 13% from the previous year.
All these stats and more are available in the IOC Market Report. Download it here.
It’s not you, it’s climate change
‘Business as usual is no longer an option’ is the key message from from not-for-profit advocacy organisation Farmers for Climate Action, with a new crowd-funded television campaign set to launch across regional screens from 24th March.
“Momentum for climate action is growing rapidly across rural Australia and we’re calling on farmers to look up, speak up and our politicians to keep up,” the organisers said.
“As farmers, we can’t allow our country to continue on a trajectory of rising emissions and climate inaction. Our future is in our hands.”
AIOA Gold Medal oils to feature in Barcelona
Gold medal winning Australian EVOOs will be showcased among the world’s best at an international olive oil seminar being held this month in Spain. US-based Australian International Olive Awards judge Alexandra Devarenne is featuring several of the 2017 competition’s top Australian oils during a tasting she is running as part of the IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course, being held in Barcelona from 19-23 March. If you can swing a last-minute trip, it looks like a great learning experience – more information here.
Tastebook™ Round 3 is underway!
Tastebookers have another great learning experience to look forward to, with the Tastebook™ Round 3 sample pack mailed out and due to arrive in post boxes next week. The pack contains three Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) samples and two Table Olive (TO) samples for consideration and assessment, with expert guidance for this round provided by Pablo Canamasas (EVOO) and Prof Stan Kailis (TO), both respected international judges and industry gurus.
Participants are asked to complete the Tastebook Round 3 responses on Survey Monkey® by Friday, 16 April. 

And if yours doesn’t arrive next week, please contact Peter McFarlane at
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can now reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our new 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, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO
To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at 
Growers of fruit and vegetables that can be hosts of Mediterranean and Queensland fruit fly are reminded of the need to be vigilant when it comes to control of the pest year round.

Olives are on the Host Check List, so that means you!
Face lift for Biosecurity Portal
Plant Health Australia’s Biosecurity Portal has recently been given a new look to help users find the growing number of resources available from the site. The Biosecurity Portal now provides 28 links to four different types of sites and online resources, with more to come. Visit the portal here.
Friday Olive Extracts – YOUR e-newsletter, so send us your news
Two months down, just 10 to go! We’re now well into 2018 with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, the weekly format introduced in 2017 has made our industry e-newsletter even more popular, 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!
Grant applications for World Olive Day 2018 
Applications are open for International Olive Council (IOC) grants of up to €6 000 for the organisation of events exclusively linked to the promotion of World Olive Day, 26 November. The events must take place between 1 October and 30 November 2018 and accord with the program conditions, with grants of up to 50% of eligible expenses available. Closing date is 16 April - more information here.
Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme – proposal date extended
Due to increased interest, the closing date has been extended for round two project proposals for access to water through the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS). Australian and international agribusinesses now have until 14 March to lodge proposals at to secure a reliable and long-term supply of climate and season-independent water. 
The high quality recycled water is suitable for horticulture and is available for advanced production north of Adelaide. NAIS customers will be required to make a one-off capital contribution, pay annual service and consumption charges, and be responsible for on-farm infrastructure. More information here.
Olive Oil Sommelier Course
The eighth edition of the Olive Oil Academy’s Olive Oil Sommelier Course is being held at Desenzano del Garda Italy, from 9-13 April 2018. The five-day course combines theory and practical sessions, and completing participants attain both an Olive Oil Sommelier Diploma and Sensory Aptitude Certificate. Details and registrations here.
Olives NZ Focus Grove Project March Field Days start next week
Hope you’re organised, NZ growers … the March 2018 round of Focus Grove Project Field Days starts next week. The schedule is:
  • 15 March - Nelson 
  • 16 March - Canterbury 
  • 19 March - Wairarapa
  • 21 March - Northland 
  • 23 March - Hawkes Bay (in conjunction with AGM weekend). 
Note: the weekend will also include the Olives NZ AGM, a visit to Viaduct Olive Grove and Dinner, all being held on March 24.
Don’t miss these opportunities to learn from the results of this highly successful grove management project: register your attendance with EO Gayle Sheridan at You can read more about the Focus Grove Project here.

March will be an intense month for the Standardisation and Research Unit of the International Olive Council under its programme of activities on olive oil chemistry and standardisation.
06-Mar-2018 By Gary Scattergood 

With the 43rd FoodEx Japan show underway in Tokyo this week, we uncover what some of the nation’s product buyers are on the lookout for when it comes to selecting new imports.

Provenance and traceability, shelf-life, luxury goods … plenty of interest to EVOO producers here.
Researchers speculate that early olive growers had grafted native centennial trees with others imported from Greece and Lebanon to selectively breed for desirable traits.
As the bottle moves through the supply chain it can be tracked. When it changes hands from wholesaler to retailer to consumer, each step is noted with another transaction on the blockchain.
Photo: Giuseppe Palestini
In the last few days, several European countries were struck by an extraordinary wave of cold which lowered temperatures below freezing.
You've likely heard the news: More than 69% of the extra-virgin olive oil available at the supermarket is not, in fact, extra virgin. In fact, much of it isn't olive oil at all: Many companies use soybean or sunflower oil as cheaper alternatives to olive oil, so they can turn a greater profit.

Pretty good, user-friendly consumer info.
What's On

15-23 March - ONZ Focus Grove Project field days – various regions, NZ

16 March - Invisible Farmer Symposium - Melbourne University, VIC

19-23 March  – IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course - Barcelona, Spain

24 March - 2018 Olives NZ AGM – Napier, NZ

9-10 April – Olives NZ Processing Seminar - Auckland, NZ

9-13 April - Olive Oil Academy’s Olive Oil Sommelier Course - Lake Garda, Italy

12 April - registration closes for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

21 April - Horticulture for Olive Growers – Nangkita, SA

22 April - “Olive U” classes – Nangkita, SA

8-9 June - OLIVE JAPAN international trade show 2018 – Tokyo

24-26 June - Fine Food New Zealand – Auckland, NZ

6 July – Closing date for Invitation to Participate, Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC

July 16 – Entries open, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

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

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

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

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

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

13 October – 2018 ONZ Conference & NZ EVOO 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

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

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