14 February 2020

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Imagine your rambunctious toddler joyfully exploring his or her new world and then suddenly or gradually stop playing. Your son no longer makes eye contact. Where once your daughter tested new words, she screams or is silent.
Best in Show: David Hannaford was delighted to win the Best Mild Olive Oil in Australia. 

Taralga excelled again in 2019 as an olive oil production region. At the recent Australian International Olive Oil Awards, Hannaford Olive Oil from Taralga was awarded the Best Mild Olive Oil in Australia. This is the third time in four years that Hannaford Olive Oil has received an award at the Australian International Olive Oil Awards. 

Four months later, AIOA Awards are still providing winning growers with great promotion!
The Darling riverbed has been exposed south of Menindee for about two years. (ABC News: Emma Brown) 

A row has broken out between the New South Wales and Queensland Governments over whether irrigators north of the border should be allowed to harvest potential river flows. NSW water minister Melinda Pavey said her government had seen satellite images showing Queensland irrigators were extracting water from some rivers in the northern Murray-Darling Basin.
Garnering support across Australia to protect plants from pests and diseases is the aim of the launch of the International Year of Plant Health at Parliament House, Canberra on 6 February 2020. For the first time in history, the United Nations General Assembly has focused global attention on plant health by declaring 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).
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Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at www.olivebiz.com.au/classifieds. To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at editor@olivegrower.com.au.
ABC Riverina Breakfast presenter Sally Bryant interviews Helen Taylor from the NSW DPI Wagga Wagga tasting panel, talking about an upcoming olive oil tasting course, and the flavours and high quality of our fresh locally grown oils. Great information and promotion – listen here from the 42:44 minute mark.

Australia and China have a deep and positive agricultural relationship, from beef and milk to peaches and plums. In the four years since the entry into force of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, or ChAFTA, access for Australian agricultural goods to China has expanded greatly.
AIOA Head Judge applications now open
The current term for the Australian International Olive Awards (AIOA) Head Judge expires in March 2020, so the AOA Board is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified applicants to take on the role for the next three years.
Main duties/responsibilities:
Supporting the objectives of the Australian International Olive Awards, the Head Judge will be responsible for reviewing, with the Chief Steward, the competition’s schedules, rules, classes and judging criteria. Also for judging activities on judging days, and for the conduct of judges and associate judges.
The key requirements of the role are: 
  • excellent palate for oil judging and exposure to a wide variety of oil varietals and styles
  • extensive judging experience, including at international level
  • previous experience in the delivery of olive oil tasting and training courses
  • good relationships with other olive competitions and the AOA.
Applications close at 5pm AEST on 5 March. Please contact Elizabeth Bouzoudis at secretariat@australianolives.com.au or 0478 606 145 for a detailed position description and application form.
Coles Nurture Fund: new round of producer grants
The $50 million Coles Nurture Fund aims to help small and medium sized businesses innovate and grow, with more than $21 million in financial support already provided to over 50 Australian food and liquor producers.
Round Eight of the Fund’s grant program is now open, and businesses are invited to apply for a grant of up to $500,000 to help develop new market-leading products, technologies and processes.
Farmers and producers affected by bushfires or drought can also apply for a grant to help renew their business.
Applications close Thursday 20 March. More information and apply here.
Have your say on contract terms
Feedback is being sought on options to address issues surrounding the Australian Consumer Law’s unfair contract terms (UCTs). 
The UCTs obligations aim to protect businesses and consumers with limited bargaining power from being disadvantaged by unfair contracts. A Federal government review of the UCTs in 2018 raised several issues, including the small business sector's general lack of awareness of UCT protections and continued use of unfair terms in contracts.
The consultation seeks stakeholder feedback on a range of policy options to address these issues. It also seeks views on whether any enhanced UCT protections for small business contracts should also be extended to consumer and insurance contracts to ensure consistency in the operation of the protections.
More information, make a submission or register for a consultation session here.
National table olive workshops with Linda Costa – Vic registrations close today
The wait is nearly over, with less than a week until the start of the National Table Olive Workshop Tour with South African expert Linda Costa.
Costa’s presentations at the 2018 and 2019 National Olive Industry Conferences left attendees wanting more so, working with the AOA, Costa will deliver a full day program in all major producing states. All aspects of table olive production and marketing will be up for discussion, from varietal options and processing methods to food safety and consumer demand.
The schedule is shown below and you’ll find more information, including the full program, on the OliveBiz website here.
Registrations for Launceston have now closed and there are limited tickets still available for the Melbourne workshop, with registrations closing today.
Don’t miss out! Registration for all other workshops close soon - register now to secure your place.

The National Table Olive Workshops are part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL18000), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.
Closing date extended for TasteBook ® “mega-round”
6 & 7 
It’s been a crazy time of late, with drought, fire and now floods keeping everyone busy and/or distracted. With that in mind, organisers have extended the registration period for TasteBook ® Rounds 6 and 7 so that all interested tasters can take part.
The combined 'mega round' focusses on both Kalamata table olives and flavoured oils, offering a veritable ‘feast for the senses’ and an unbeatable learning experience in one delivery. 
The tasting samples, all from top Australian producers, will be sent from 15 February, with surveys to be completed by 13 March. Both TasteBook ® rounds are included in the cost of $40 levy payers, $50 non-levy payers and international participants.
Register by 21 February here and find out more about the TasteBook™ program here.
New Zealand
Registrations close soon for Olives NZ processing and judging courses
A reminder that registrations close soon for Olives NZ’s April 2020 interactive courses, both being presented by international olive industry experts:
  • Processing Practices with international industry consultant Pablo Canamasas, 14/15 April – more info here.
  • Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils with NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Research Scientist Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay, 15 April – more info here.

Entries close late February; register now to secure your place via admin@olivesnz.org.nz.

On Wednesday, Assembly member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) introduced Assembly Bill 2074, to establish clear guidelines for when companies from the olive oil industry can use the term “California” in their product labeling and marketing.

Entering my 15th year in the always precarious olive oil industry in America, I have determined that there are a few certainties that we in this category must accept and build upon if we expect to see growth. 

He makes some really interesting points about the need for more knowledge at a number of levels.
Leucocarpa, also known as leucolea, is a rare variety of olive tree, mainly found in the south of Italy, in the region historically known as “Magna Graecia” or Greater Greece. 

Now there’s a marketing point of difference!

Andalusia’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has called on the European Union to seek a “fast track” deal for perishable food being exported to the United Kingdom.

Olive oil is naturally among the items of concern.
27-Jan-2020 By Elaine Watson

US retail sales of olive oil slumped 7.1% in December 2019 vs December 2018 as tariffs on imported packaged Spanish olive oil imposed as part of the Airbus dispute prompted a significant drop-off in promotional activity, Nielsen data* shows. Unit sales were down 5.1% over the same period.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
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The Nelson Mandela Social Cooperative produces high-quality extra virgin olive oil and promotes the social inclusion of refugees.

31-Jan-2020 By Oliver Morrison

Italian consumer organisation Altroconsumo is unimpressed by the ‘battery’ nutrition labelling system NutrInform which has been officially proposed to the European Commission by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development as the country’s preferred nutrition labelling scheme, in defiance of the traction towards Nutri-Score.

Shades of our own Health Star Rating system … one of the products critics claim the system unfairly discriminates against is olive oil.

Luis Planas has announced a number of measures aimed at helping producers cope with low prices and increasing production costs. He also met with olive oil producers to discuss self-regulation.

Yet …

Five of Spain’s main agricultural organizations announced a massive day of strikes and protests across the province of Jaén for February 24. The organizations want protestors to gather in the town squares of 97 municipalities across the province to demand fair prices for olive oil and more support for traditional olive groves.
What's On

19 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Launceston, TAS

21 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Melbourne, VIC

23 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Adelaide, SA

25 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Hunter Valley, NSW

27 February
National Table Olive Workshop - ACT, NSW

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

1 March
National Table Olive Workshop – Perth, WA

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

April, dates TBC
AOA Processing Workshop – Boort, VIC

14-15 April 
Olives NZ Processing Practices Course – Auckland, NZ

15 April 
Olives NZ Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils Course – Auckland, NZ 

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

9 -12 May
Berlin Global Olive Oil Competition 2020 – Berlin, Germany

18 May
Registration closes, EVO IOOC 2020 – Palmi, Italy

15-17 June
Hort Connections – Brisbane, Qld

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

11 September 
Entries close, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

16-18 October
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

22 October
Awards Presentation, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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