Friday 29 December 2017

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Today's Top Story
The very popular and always on demand olive oil served in Greek restaurants, will be under new regulations starting in the new year.
Happy New Year from the FOE/OG&P team
It’s been an exciting year for the FOE/OG&P year, and we’ve had a great time bringing you all the latest news, information and opportunities relating to the olive industry. We hope you’ve had a great Christmas and will follow with an enjoyable celebration of the new year. 

We wish all our readers and industry associates all the best for a successful and productive year in 2018, in your groves, production facilities and businesses. 

Happy New Year to all, and best wishes for 2018!
New Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania available
The 2018 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania was published on the Biosecurity Tasmania website on 13 December 2017. The manual will only be published online, and will not be available in hard copy format. The new edition includes several changes from the previous version. More information and download the manual here.
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.

The first Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
APVMA seeks comment on spray drift management
Submissions are invited from interested stakeholders on the draft proposal for spray drift risk assessment. The purpose of the proposed spray drift management approach is to enable more reasonable buffer zones to be set, provide clearer label instructions and increased flexibility, and support the use of drift reducing technologies. The consultation period is from 18 December 2017 to 30 March 2018. More information here.
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Industry ideas wanted for plant biosecurity research
The nation’s recently formed plant research and development corporations’ biosecurity effort, the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative, is calling on industry and researchers to submit ideas for pest and disease management and prevention via its recently established website. More information here.
Events - save the dates
AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018
Initial details have been announced for the AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018, as follows:
Venue: Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Dates: Thursday 18 & Friday 19 October 2018, with optional field tour Saturday 20 October.
2018 Australian International Olive Awards
Planning is well underway for the 2018 competition, so here’s a heads-up on when you’ll need your entries in. Exhibits will close on or about 1 October 2018, for judging on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October. More information coming soon.
We’ll bring you more details on both events early next year as they’re announced.
Credit: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times 
Q. Is it better to cook with coconut oil or olive oil?
A. In terms of health impacts, it is better to cook with olive oil.

Compared to a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of coconut oil contains about six times the amount of saturated fat, nearly meeting the daily limit of about 13 grams that the American Heart Association recommends.

The first line of the answer really says it all.
Workers at Yiannis Skiadas’ mountainside mill pressed prized Kalamata olives on a recent day to extract the thick, fragrant oil known regionally as “green gold”—most of which would get shipped abroad in bulk and blended into Italian olive oil.
As Europe helps farmers adopt sustainable agricultural practices in olive groves, the legality of proposed US tariffs on Spanish table olives is contested.
Major supermarkets in the UK have upped the price of olive oil in their stores for the second time this year.
Image: Getty
It's no secret that olives pack a powerful health punch. Pressed into cooking oil or eaten cured and whole, these little fruits are building a rep as excellent heart helpers, but the benefits go beyond just a cardiovascular boost.
What's On
March  - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

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

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

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

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

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

18-19 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 - Wagga Wagga, NSW

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