7 June 2019

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Today's Top Story
Two Andalusian entrepreneurs have created the first “household appliance” that would allow consumers to produce their own olive oil at home. Luis Serrano and Rafael Ibáñez have already patented Olimaker and expect to begin selling the device in 2020.

At €2,200 (before tax), it’s unlikely to steal a huge segment of the consumer market!
Olives to Oil 2019
Olives to Oil is an annual celebration that brings communities together in the name of sustainable olive oil. People come together to harvest unwanted olives from Melbourne backyards and street trees to be pressed into local olive oil to take home for free. This year’s event saw 2495kg of ‘unloved urban olives’ collected and pressed into 380L of oil, which is now being enjoyed by around 400 contributors - the editor’s sister was one of them and says it’s delicious!
It’s a great idea, which increases awareness of and interest in fresh, local EVOO. Learn more about the event - and get planning for your region’s 2020 harvest – here.
Legal workers - how to cover yourself
It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure their workers have the right to work – and the easiest way to check this is via the Department of Home Affairs’ online tool, the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website. Read more here.

And while we’re on employing workers …
Get ready to manage the Hort Award changes

Make sure you are prepared for the changes that have occurred to the Horticulture Award, which mean casual workers are entitled to overtime payments in certain conditions. The most significant changes to the Horticulture Award since 2010 now mean that all casual workers are entitled to overtime payments in certain conditions. Find out more here.
Take part in the National Peri-urban Plant Biosecurity project
NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is surveying and interviewing industry participants and community members to better understand the steps people are taking to protect plants from pests and diseases in urban and peri-urban areas of Australia.The project will help identify opportunities to strengthen government partnerships and biosecurity surveillance practices to protect our horticultural industries.
You can play your part by completing the short industry participant survey here or contacting peri-urban-biosecurity@dpi.nsw.gov.au
to arrange an interview with a member of the research team.
Got something to sell, or want to buy? You can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. If you’ve got something industry-related to sell or buy, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil - even your grove – or to put out a finders call. And if you’ve got a service to offer, it’s the ideal way to get the message out loud and clear to your peers and industry associates - like Howard, who can process your fruit for you.

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
Position paper on Food Standards Code review now available

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has extended the deadline for comment on the proposed scope and approach of the review of food safety standards in the Food Standards Code. FSANZ is reviewing chapters 3 and 4 of the Code to ensure a consistent, up-to-date approach to food safety management in Australia, focusing on:
  • requirements for food safety management in the food service sector and closely related retail sectors 
  • potential development of a primary production and processing standard for high-risk horticulture products to introduce requirements to manage food safety on-farm, including requirements for traceability
  • new technologies since the original standards were developed.
Olive industry members can access further relevant information in a position paper prepared by AOA OliveCare® Code of Best Practice Administrator Peter McFarlane. Access it here. All stakeholders are encouraged to comment by the new deadline of 14 June 2019.
For fruit and veggie growers, it is the stuff of nightmares. The giant African snail is the world's largest land snail. It is fast-breeding and can reach up to 20 centimetres in length. For biosecurity officers in Australia, the threat this snail poses to agriculture is too big to ignore - and at farmer meetings across the nation, Ausveg has been raising awareness of the risk.

If they’ve got a taste for olives …
Australia and New Zealand’s health star food rating system has been dismissed as flawed in a new study because salty, sugary and fatty products are scoring too highly due to loopholes in the system and unhealthy items often avoid carrying the labels entirely.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – registration for Vic and NSW events closing soon
Would you like a better understanding of what makes award winning EVOO and table olives stand out from the rest? Sensory training is invaluable for anyone with an interest in the olive industry, and is on offer at the series of national sensory training workshops being run by NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Science Researcher Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay and OliveCare® administrator Peter McFarlane. The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more. The workshop will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives. 
Cost is $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn - register now for the following events: 
  • Friday 14 June - Geelong, VIC
  • Sunday 16 June - Wangaratta, VIC
  • Sunday 30 June - Wagga Wagga, NSW
Access more information and register here, where you’ll also find the full national schedule.
The TasteBook™ program has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.

Researchers from the University of Almería, in Spain, have found a quick, easy and low-cost analytical method, which helps to detect toxic substances that are created by microorganisms in edible vegetable oils.

The certification process for 14 varieties of olive is underway at the state-run Olive Tree Institute of ELGO Demetra based in Chania, a development that Greek Nurseries are watching with great interest but also caution as it could satisfy their long-standing demand for certified propagating material.

Olives are an inseparable part of most world cuisines and this is due to their amazing taste that amps up the taste quotient of delicacies they are added to. These little, round fruits are a powerhouse of nutrition, which are majorly cultivated in the Mediterranean region.

Good promotion of olives and olive oil to the massive Indian consumer market – including cooking with olive oil and label-checking for quality.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 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.
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23-May-2019 By Flora Southey 

The European Commission has made steps to enhance price transparency across the agri-food supply chain, including in meat, eggs, dairy, and olive oil sectors. 

23-May-2019 By Niamh Michail 

The value of Argentinian food exports with the national quality seal ‘Argentine food: A natural choice’ has tripled in the first quarter of this year, reaching nearly US$16 million in value. 

The value of quality certification programs is undisputable. If you’re not a signatory of the AOA or Olives NZ programs – get cracking!

Less fruit, but better quality. This is how some Chilean producers summarize the 2019 harvest. A campaign that started slowly in mid-April, but now runs at full speed, while the first international awards crown the efforts of several companies that are committed to quality.

A similar story to many parts of Australia this year.
29-May-2019 By Flora Southey
The Technical University of Denmark is developing blockchain solutions for small and medium-sized food manufacturers in an effort to combat food fraud in high-value products. 

More than 5,000 protestors have marched on a local government building in Jaén, calling for officials to introduce measures that would help to raise the price of olive oil. Dozens of riot police were dispatched to keep the protestors from entering the building.
What's On

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

14 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Geelong, VIC

16 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wagga Wagga, NSW

26 June
entries close, 2019 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show – Sydney, NSW 

30 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, VIC

30 June
Community olive pressing day, Freshfield Grove – Campania, Tasmania 

30-31 July
Western Sydney University Soil Biology Masterclass – Richmond, NSW 

1 July 
Entries open, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

12 July
Entries close, 2019 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards – Hobart, Tasmania

19-24 July
OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

2 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA 

20 August
Royal Adelaide Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Lockleys, SA 

30 August
Entries close, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

24 September
2019 Taste of Excellence Awards, Sydney Fine Food Show – Sydney, NSW

4 October
Entries close, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

16-19 October
2019 National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition – Albury, NSW

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

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

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