Friday 29 June 2018

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Today's Top Story
May 25 protest in Bari on the mandated use of pesticides to combat Xylella fastidiosa. Photo: Frans van Munster.
To combat the spread of the olive-killing Xylella fastidiosa bacterium, Italian agricultural officials are telling farmers to use pesticides to kill the disease's vectors, three spittlebugs, but this mandate has sparked protests and outrage.
June Olivegrower out now – have you renewed your subscription? 
The June edition of Olivegrower & Processor is “in the mail” and many subscribers will have received their copy already. If you’ve received a renewal notice and haven’t gotten around to paying it, now’s the time to act to ensure you get your copy – it’s chock-full of great news, R&D and practical grove information, so you don’t want to miss out!
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From 1 July 2018, most foods for retail sale must be labelled according to the requirements of the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016. If your business is required to adopt the new labels, you need to:
  • identify whether your products are ‘priority’ or ‘non-priority’ foods
  • determine the claims for your products – grown, produced, made or packed in Australia or overseas?
  • create and use the appropriate new labelling
The ACCC will conduct market surveillance checks to identify businesses not complying with the food labelling laws. More information here.
The International Convention Centre Sydney has worked with Alto Olives on an exclusive olive oil blend. Photo: Supplied.
Matt Moran called on chefs and the rest of Australia to do more to help the farmers who work tirelessly to feed the nation. He made the point that our support for these men and women is among the lowest in the world.

Great comment on the wide-ranging benefits of plant-to-plate relationships between local growers and food service by executive chef of the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, Tony Panetta.
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The first half of the year has passed already, 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.
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Back in the Extra Virgin Era, late last century, butter was known in certain circles as yellow grease. Banned from membership in the Mediterranean Diet club, it gradually dropped off the high tables of the land, reduced to skulking in our fridge doors at home. In its place were dinky little saucers of swampy green or sunny gold olive oil, and the knowledge that we were going to live forever.

Not a concept we want to contemplate – but the final line is a good one!
Olive team: Allen Baird, Lesley Cole, Barbara Baird, Carol Wallace with Murray, Rosemary and Fiona Baird, Warwick Evans, Jonathan and Kate Rodwell. Picture: supplied.
While the vestiges of summer are long gone for most, Tasmania’s olive growers are reaping its benefits.
Olives are slow ripening but are typically harvested over June and July. This year, Village Olive Grove at Grindelwald have experienced a bumper crop after harvesting.
2018/19 Australian Olive Association membership – help us continue to help you
Are you an Australian Olive Association member? Thank you! We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to hearing from you in 2018/19. Please look out for your membership invoices which will be emailed over the next couple of weeks. Please check your SPAM folders and whitelist to ensure you receive your invoice.
Here is a reminder of some of the many activities the AOA is able to achieve for the olive industry with your membership contribution:
✓Advocacy and Representation - your voice to Government; ✓Australian Standard for Olive oil and olive pomace oil AS 5264-2011; ✓Code of Practice OliveCare; ✓Consumer Awareness & Education Campaigns – Everyday, Fresher Tastes Better!; ✓Biosecurity management; ✓Australian International Olive Awards; ✓AOA National Industry Conference & Exhibition; ✓Point of sale marketing merchandise; ✓PHA Biosecurity Levy; ✓Market surveillance and reporting; ✓Grower field days & seminars; ✓Industry communications – Olivegrower & Processor, Friday Olive Extracts, Olivebiz; ✓ AOA Facebook page; ✓Tastebook program; ✓Registered pesticide minor use permits holder for industry; ✓Voice of Horticulture Membership; ✓NFF Horticulture Council Membership; ✓Industry Risk and Crisis Management.
Being a member also entitles you to many invaluable benefits which can provide you with major competitive advantages – e.g. the opportunity to obtain certification through the OliveCare program, and discounted subscriptions and tickets to the annual premier olive industry events, the National Industry Conference & Exhibition and Australian International Olive Awards – knowledge and awards can set your business apart!

Not a member? Help us help you. New members receive a FREE copy of The Olive Growing Book , valued at $165. Click here for more details on the benefits of becoming a member today.
SA: 2018 Regional Growth Fund
Applications open soon for the SA 2018 Regional Growth Fund, focussing on collaborative industry projects creating economic activity and benefiting regional industries. Projects will be selected based on a number of principles, with funding from $50,000-$2M on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis.
The 2018-19 competitive funding round will open 2 July and close 31 August 2018. More information here.
Low women in ag figures ignite scholarship call 
In response to new ABN figures showing men outnumber women more than two to one in Australia’s agriculture industry, Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) are calling for expressions of interest for dedicated course scholarship opportunities.
Applications are now open for 20 scholarship course positions for women with varying leadership experience - 10 for emerging leaders, five for mid-level management and five for senior/executive level – providing access to development programs to expand professional networks, boost theoretical education and enhance practical leadership skills. More information and apply here.
2018 Australian Export Awards for Agribusiness
Are you successfully selling your agricultural products and services overseas? Austrade invites you to enter the 2018 Australian Export Awards for Agribusiness, honouring businesses for their international success across agricultural products, services and technologies. Finalists gain international recognition, media coverage and the opportunity to meet high‑level government and industry leaders. More information and applications here.
2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition
Collective learning is the focus of this year’s AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, being held in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on 18-20 October. The packed program of plenary and field sessions aims to provide information and skills on a broad range of topics, relevant to people at different stages and with varying business operations, with valuable practical take-homes for all participants.
Thursday, 18 & Friday, 19 October 2018; Saturday, 20 October - Optional Field Days/Workshops; Wagga Rules Club, Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Friday, 19 October
Event accommodation: Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga -
Registrations open in July –
Olives SA at Royal Adelaide Show
Olives SA is seeking expressions of interest from members for its stand in the Taste SA marquee at the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show. Member participants must be accredited Code of Practice signatories, and will be allocated to designated days on the show roster from 31 August to 9 September. The cost is $210.00/day. 
Please forward your interest or queries to Steve Pantelos via or 0414 315 137 by Monday, 31 July. 
The first of the Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) field days to be held in NSW, VIC, SA, WA, TAS and WA will be held on Saturday, 21 July at Rylstone Olive Press, Rylstone NSW. Click here to see the program and register - numbers are limited to 40 per event, so reserve your place now. Bookings close mid-July.
Click here for details on all other workshops to be held over the next six months. 
The field days are being organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University to explore appropriate IPDM extension services focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose. The program is part of the project An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive industry research and development levy, and contributions from the Australian Government.
Further information: Liz Bouzoudis: 0478 606 145,

This is essential pest & disease management information. If you are serious about keeping your grove viable into the future, you cannot miss these field days!
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 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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
New Zealand
ONZ Certification 2018
Certification 2018 is underway and growers are encouraged to submit their samples to Olives NZ promptly so that they can use the OliveMark as soon as possible. More information here.
National Programme registration
Olives NZ EO Gayle Sheridan advises that all growers should register for the National Programme by 28 November 2018 and will require a verification visit. Olives NZ has three templates available, each costing $250 including GST, which will make the documentation process straight forward:
  • National Programme One for growers who do not require the packaging exemption
  • National Programme One for growers with the packaging exemption
  • National Programme Three for growers who sell more than 3,000 litres per annum, export, infuse on site, make table olives, etc. Same template is for processors.
More information or template orders to
New Zealand Frost Fans and its sister company, Australian Frost Fans, have launched an online ROI calculator tool. The calculator allows growers to input the crop type, average annual crop yield (when not affected by frost damage), estimated average annual reduction in yield due to frost/cold injury and the crop value ($ per tonne). 
A new breakthrough methodology that assesses extra virgin olive oil's authenticity is gaining momentum in the field of nutrition and food science.
The diet that has been hailed for its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and premature death, now has a new offering: the ability to protect against air pollution. The Mediterranean diet, hailed as a powerhouse when it comes to disease prevention, consists of plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables, along with grains, legumes, olives and olive oil, and limited amounts of fish and meat.
Harmony is a term used in the olive oil industry to describe an oil that combines many fine elements together. Our own Ollie says that it is a characteristic of a well-balanced oil, “one that offers a pleasant combination of fruitiness, bitterness, and pungency.”
22-Jun-2018 By Elaine Watson 

Are clean labels, minimal processing, and cultural traditions more important than nutrition in the oils and fats aisle for consumers? And do consumers trust the health ‘experts’? Checkout our gallery of highlights from our June 20 webinar, Chewing the fat: Navigating the healthy fats minefield, which is now available on demand.

Highlight #4: “Olive oil has no real baggage”
An olive tree affected by Xylella fastidiosa, with visual symptoms of chlorosis and defoliation. Credit: Juan A. Navas-Cortes.
A new airborne remote-imaging method that scans entire orchards can identify olive trees infected by a devastating bacterium before visible symptoms appear, according to new research.

Want to know more about the technology? Don’t miss the CSIRO’s feature article on digital agriculture in the June edition of Olivegrower & Processor, arriving in letterboxes now. Not a subscriber? Sign up now and we’ll post you a copy stat!
By 2021 Galicia expects to complete a four-year R&D project that seeks to establish solid foundations for a Galician olive oil industry based on indigenous olive varieties.
Olive oil doesn’t only benefits humans, it can help your cat or dog stay healthy, too. From healthy coats to hairball management and more, it can be a superfood for our furry friends.

The editor and her ‘senior’ dog can vouch for it!
What's On

6 July - Invitation to Participate closes, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

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

21 July – AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Rylstone, NSW 

10 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Big Hill 

12 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Hunter Valley 

13 August - Entries open, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

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

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

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

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

14 September - Entries close, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

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

21 September – Presentations, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

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

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and 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

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