05 June 2020

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A wetter than average winter is expected for most of inland Australia but coastal regions are more likely to be in for average conditions. (Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)

There is a more than 70 per cent chance of above average rainfall for much of inland Australia this winter, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. 

Some good news on the water front, at last!
2020 National Olive Conference postponed
The Australian Olive Association (AOA) Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the National Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for 16-18 October this year, until 15-17 October 2021. Devonport will remain the host city for 2021.
The decision was made due the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, particularly around travel restrictions. Postponing the event will ensure that all those wishing to attend have the opportunity to do so and have plenty of time to plan the time away, especially given the destination is geared for additional holiday time.
Check this space for an exciting future announcement about a virtual event to fill the void.

NSW MPs will be forced to declare any water ownership or trading alongside their business or real estate interests as part of new laws proposed by the Berejiklian government. In a significant change likely to impact many country MPs, the Water Minister Melinda Pavey said the proposed laws would improve transparency in the pecuniary interests register of politicians.

One small step towards transparency … 
… and here’s another good news story about water:

Hundreds of pelicans on the Barwon River at Brewarrina.(Supplied: Lara Taylor).

Towns in western New South Wales have struggled through years of extreme drought with the absence of water devastating native wildlife, stripping soils of moisture, and killing countless trees. But now the environment is bursting back to life and showing incredible resilience as it responds to new river flows.

But unfortunately, it’s not good news everywhere:
Trucks driving through very dry conditions in Meekatharra in January 2020. (Supplied: Ascend Films)

Parts of Western Australia are in the grip of one of the worst droughts some pastoralists have seen in more than 40 years. For regions including the Gascoyne, Great Southern and Eucla, it was either their driest April on record or the driest since 1995.
Theo and Matt are both SELLING OLIVE EQUIPMENT and they’re letting olive producers know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Your circumstances have changed and you’ve got equipment you no longer need but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be ideal. Let them know about it through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source. If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove – like Theo, who has production and warehouse equipment for sale, and Matt, who’s selling a large OFM olive sorting machine. 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.
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.
New Find Export Markets tool 
Austrade and business.gov.au have developed a new digital toolkit, providing assistance with selecting export markets and diversifying your business strategically. The toolkit includes step-by-step activities, links to data sources and tips from expert advisers, and the current version has been designed specifically for food and agriculture businesses. Find out more and try the tool here.
And new Export Market Profiles tool 

Austrade is also trialling new ways of presenting essential sector-specific information for key international markets, and has introduced a new Export Market Profiles tool. Including market insights, current opportunities and trends, grants and funding, regulations and Austrade’s on-the-ground insights, the tool is initially focused on the Japan food and agriculture market but will soon be expanded to other key markets and sectors. 
They’re keen for feedback – tale a look here.
FTA digital seminar series: Navigating the export journey

Registrations are open for the second in a new 12-part series of Austrade webcasts targeted at Australian exporters and those businesses seeking to export. The series is covering the current state of play, the importance of operating in a free trade environment and financial support initiatives for exporters.
The upcoming webcast on 10 June from 11am-12noon (AEST) will focus on getting exporters started, including things to consider and where to go for help, including tools, tips and touch points to help you on the way.
Learn more and register here.
Online Marketing webinar #3 – register now and learn to grow your online business
The third and final event in the Digital Marketing Webinar Series is happening next Tuesday and if you’re looking for expert advice on how to build your online sales, this is one you don’t want to miss!
Guided by 2019 National Conference presenter Lauren Hamilton of Digital Narrative, the webinars are designed for those looking to set up an online presence and/or wanting to sharpen their online marketing skills. The series is especially timely for those who have had to adapt their sales models due to the COVID-19 induced collapse of food service and farmers markets around the country.
The webinar will be in Zoom meeting format and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter. 
Webinar 3: How to grow your online business using paid digital marketing:
Topics covered will include:
  • paid FaceBook and Instagram ads
  • Google re-marketing
  • Google search marketing 
Details: Tuesday, 9 June, 12:30-13:30pm AEST. Registrations close 8 June, 4pm AEST. 
Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity to get your digital marketing sorted – register here.

These webinars 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.

A recent study by the Cargill conglomerate found that 68 percent of the world’s consumers closely monitor the types and amounts of fats contained in packaged foods. Participants reported that fat and oil types strongly influenced their packaged food purchasing decisions.

18-May-2020 By Elizabeth Crawford

While the coronavirus outbreak may have initially sidelined new food and beverage launches as retailers scrambled to stock the basics, and stay-at-home orders slowed research & development, one investor predicts “a burst of innovation” from existing brands is on the horizon.

Immunity-boosting products and ‘ingestible beauty’ are two of the boom sectors ripe for innovative products.
Originally scheduled for March 2020, the newly published Farm to Fork Strategy has set out targets designed to ensure a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system, including a 50 percent reduction in the use and risk of pesticides.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2020 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.
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  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

In diets other than the Mediterranean, most weight loss benefits disappeared within a year and the risk of heart disease also rose.

Olive oil growers in Jaén have been advised to carefully examine the presence of the olive moth (Prays oleae) in their groves. Experts from the farmers association COAG have found evidence of a massive spreading that could be the most severe to date.

We love them on our pizzas, but there’s more to this fruit, packed with goodness.

Let’s hope all those Readers Digest readers take note – and buy Aust/NZ made olives.

While the data show that plant-based food sales in the United States grew by 90 percent over the same period last year, anecdotal evidence suggests olive oil sales grew with them.
What's On

9 June
AOA Webinar Series, Event #6 - Australia

12 June
Closing date for entry EOI, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

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

1 July
Entries open, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

6 July
Closing date for samples, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

29 August
Results announced, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

4 September
Entries close, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

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

5 October
Results emailed to entrants, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

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


23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

15-17 October 
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au
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