19 July 2019

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Today's Top Story

The European Commission has adopted a measure laying down the non-renewal of approval of the active substance dimethoate, used as an insecticide mainly against the olive fruit fly in conventional farming.
Further to last week’s item on the topic …

Last night’s 4Corners program, failed to provide viewers a factual and balanced analysis of irrigation and water management in the Murray Darling Basin and continued a pattern by some parts of the ABC of misrepresenting rural and regional Australia and the complexities of the Plan.
Olive farm co-founder Rob McGavin fears the water market is not working the way it was intended. (ABC Rural: Larissa Romensky)
There's a sense something is not right among the farmers of the southern Murray-Darling Basin. It is not just drought, they say, that is testing livelihoods. It is the system. The Murray-Darling Basin's $2 billion water trade - introduced to recognise the value of the resource and provide farmers with greater flexibility - is shifting economies and changing the landscape.
Final days to take part in the Olive Industry Communications Survey – please share your views
The AOA operates a communications and extension program for the benefit of our industry. They need your feedback from time to time to help measure the impact of the program, and to ensure that each of the resources is delivering benefits for producers. 
As such, the 2019 Communications and Extension Survey is currently underway and participation by all industry members would be greatly appreciated. All responses remain confidential, and completion should only take 5-10 minutes.

“Thank you in advance. Your feedback is important in ensuring we continually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our efforts” - Greg Seymour, AOA CEO.
The survey closes on 22 July 2019 – please take part now here.

15-Jul-2019 By Tingmin Koe 

A consultation process over Australia’s Country of Origin labelling rules is underway – the guidelines which came under scrutiny after a leading brand was refused permission to use ‘Made in Australia’ claims for products using imported fish oil. 
Justin wants to buy organic EVOO for baby food, so he’s gone directly to his target market
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, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise 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 - like Justin, who wants to buy organic Australian EVOO for a baby food line.

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.
July Grove Innovation online now
Grove Innovation is the industry’s monthly update on the latest R&D projects, resources and upcoming events related to the Hort Innovation Olive Fund. The July edition is available online via the OliveBiz website here, where you can also find articles from all the past editions. There’s lots of interesting news, with a focus this month on industry efficiency and sustainability, so jump online and take a look. 
Vic: Applications open for on-farm energy grants

On-farm energy grants are currently available to eligible primary producers under the Agriculture Investment Energy Plan (AEIP), providing “dollar for dollar” support to make equipment changes which improve your operation’s energy efficiency. 
To quality, farmers will need to undertake an on-farm energy assessment, or have an equivalent certified on-farm energy assessment conducted in the past two years. 
Find out more and apply here.
Entries NOW OPEN for the Australian International Olive Awards – don’t miss your chance to be named 2019 BEST EVOO or TABLE OLIVES OF SHOW
We hope you’ve got your oil ready and lab testing organized, because entries are now open for the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards – Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition.
Providing an unmatched opportunity for peer review and brand promotion, the 2019 competition features new elements including:
  • Reserved Champion of Class awards - increased chances of winning
  • Bigger and better trophies
  • Online decal ordering
  • Medal results emailed post-judging
  • Earlier entry and earlier results = early promotion and increased marketing opportunities
Key dates:
Entries now open
30 August – entries close
18 October – Awards Presentation Dinner, Albury, NSW
More information here or contact Chief Steward Trudie Michels on 0419 031 527, tmichels@globaldial.com.
West Australian Olive Awards 2019
Entries are now open for the West Australian Olive Awards 2019. This year's competition is proudly organised by the WA Olive Council in affiliation with the Australian Olive Association, with judges’ training being held on 18 August in preparation for competition judging on 21-22 September. 
Key dates for entrants are:
Entries open – 15 July
Entries close – 15 August
Awards dinner – 12 October
Enquiries to Chief Steward Anj Walia - ph: 0470 548 780 or entries@oliveswa.com.au.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for WA event
Dates have been announced for the next three in the series of national sensory training workshops, as follows:
  • WA: Sunday, 18 August - Castellorizian Club, Mt Hawthorn, WA
  • Vic: Saturday, 31 August - Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Wangaratta 
  • SA: Friday, 20 September - University of Adelaide, Roseworthy 
Feedback from the first three TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory training workshops has been outstandingly positive, with attendees gaining invaluable insight into the evaluation process, varietal nuances and the quality parameters which make award winning EVOO and table olives stand out from the rest. 
The series of national sensory training workshops are being run by NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Science Researcher Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay and OliveCare® administrator Peter McFarlane, with regional guest presenters adding their expertise to each event. The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more, providing an interactive learning experience which will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives.  
The cost is just $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers, including catering and comprehensive course notes. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn - register now for the Mt Hawthorn, WA event on Sunday, 18 August.

More information and register here, where you’ll also find the full national schedule.
New Zealand
For decades, the word in the kitchen has been that olive oil shouldn’t be used for frying as it has a low smoke point and produces toxic compounds. But in a recent industry-supported trial, New Zealand researchers found that locally produced extra virgin olive oil is better for frying food than imported olive oil or canola oil.

Olive oil has been used for generations, but two brands are interpreting the food for young buyers looking to purchase simple, honest products in and out of the kitchen.

08-Jul-2019 By Will Chu 

Facebook is to address misleading nutrition, health and fitness claims that have blighted its platform after accusations the company is a source of fake news and “inaccurate articles”. 

The Haywood Co-operative Extension will offer a “Swapping Fats” cooking class on Thursday, July 25 from 1:30-3:30pm The class, located at the Senior Resource Center on Elmwood Way in Waynesville, will focus primarily on swapping out unhealthy cooking oils for olive oil.

Let’s hope this idea spreads!

15-Jul-2019 By Katy Askew 

The profit-driven focus of the food sector places pressure on employees and the food chain to deliver products at the lowest possible cost. Ultimately, this increases the risk of food fraud, according to Arun Chauhan, fraud expert and founder of Tenet Compliance & Litigation. 

Thousands of Andalusian olive farmers and their supporters marched on the Palace of San Telmo on Tuesday, the seat of the autonomous community’s president, to protest low olive oil prices. The march was organized by the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA) and the Coordinator of Agriculture and Livestock Organizations (COAG), both of which are calling for various measures to help out olive growers and oil producers.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
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10-Jul-2019 By Flora Southey 

Data from Google Trends has revealed how consumers’ tastes have changed over the last 10 years, including a growing interest in exotic cuisines and ‘superfoods’. 
While not among the very highest, the 10 year % change for olive oil is really positive.

08-Jul-2019 By Elizabeth Crawford 

As consumers increasingly demand natural, organic and innovative products across all retail channels, emerging brands are no longer restricted to the classic route to market that began with independent, natural retailers and slowly expanded to conventional before mass, according to industry experts.

The information about ‘deep nutrition’ products is also positive.

Once a technique that used sound propagation for navigation or identifying submarines below the surface, sonar can now penetrate olive oil to reveal malicious adulteration. LISP (laser-induced pinging) is a process where a fiber optic cable delivers a “YAG” laser-light flash into a sample. Researchers then see how much light gets absorbed.

11-Jul-2019 By Katy Askew 

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to harvest iceberg lettuce. They believe the technology can be applied to other crops in order to tackle agricultural labour shortages and cut food waste. 

The Italian olive oil association warns that olive oil prices could double as a result of the tariffs, which have the potential to cut Italian oil exports to the US by 50%.
What's On

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

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

25 July
Submission deadline, 2019 Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC 

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

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

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

26 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil Competition – Auckland, NZ

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

31 August
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, NSW

22-27 September
Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere – Tacna, Peru

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

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

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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