Friday 25 May 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
Australia's national food among other snack foods are about to get healthier. Photo: Getty.
The crunchiness of a biscuit and the flakiness of a meat pie may change for good if Australia supports the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) call to ban trans-fat from processed foods. But the good news is we’ll all be healthier as a result.
National Olive Grower IPDM Survey 2018 out next week
Next week many growers will receive an invitation to participate in a survey being conducted by Dr Robert Spooner-Hart from Western Sydney University, as part of the Olive Levy IPDM extension project. 
The survey is an important part of the project that will provide Australian olive growers with access to current, practical information and advice for implementing integrated pest and disease management (IPDM) strategies in their groves. 
Please look out for the invitation email and play your part in this important industry project by completing the survey as soon as possible.
Gooramadda Olives. Picture: James Wiltshire
A north east olive grove is putting its stamp on a world-renowned competition. Gooramadda Olives won a gold medal for its Hardy’s Mammoth extra virgin olive oil at the New York International Olive Oil Competition announced recently. It also won a silver award last year.
Australia’s services sector can better access the full potential of our Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), with a recent upgrade to the FTA Portal. The upgrade offers up-to-date guidance on selling to overseas customers, travelling overseas to supply services, and establishing a competitive global presence. Read more.
There’s a well-known grocery item in the pantry that we’re not using enough, according to the latest research. While the health benefits of an extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) have been widely publicised, a new study reveals three tablespoons a day can prevent chronic disease and cancer as well as help with weight loss.
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, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO. 

To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
The agriculture sector is heavily affected by illegal phoenix labour hire firms that deliberately go into liquidation, leaving debts, unpaid workers and liability for honest contractors and businesses. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) led Phoenix Taskforce is currently targeting illegal phoenix businesses to protect honest agricultural businesses and workers. To find out more about illegal phoenix activity, watch this video.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first quarter of the year has passed already and we’re now well into 2018 with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, the weekly format introduced in 2017 has made our industry e-newsletter even more popular, 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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
We all know the old adage, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ But if you’re looking to better your health, you’re probably better off skipping what’s in the fruit bowl for this pantry item instead.

Yes, it’s EVOO – slightly ‘out-there’ and young consumer-focussed information covering some of our most important messages about the health benefits of EVOO.
Competition funds for green start-ups
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge invites green start-ups to submit their promising sustainable business plans. Selected by an international jury, the winner receives €500,000 to further develop the product or service and bring it to market. The runner-up receives €200,000 and finalists receive €100,000 each. Deadline for applications is 1 June, so be quick! More information here.
Ag inventors prize open
The Bendigo Inventor Awards offer a $15K prize pool and non-equity seed funding for great ideas in categories including Environmental Sustainability and Agriculture. Deadline for applications is 23 July. More information here.
Export Market Development Grant coaching/information session – Webinars
These sessions aim to help prepare for an Austrade Export Market Development Grant scheme application, and maximise grant entitlements. Various dates are available from late June to late October. Register here.
Artisanal ag & food funding program
Agriculture Victoria has launched the $2 million Artisanal Agriculture and Premium Food program, aimed at supporting the growth of Victoria's food and agriculture businesses and identifying pathways to market for the state’s regional food offerings. More information here.
New Zealand
2018 NZ EVOO Awards
Dates for the 2018 NZ EVOO Awards have been announced, as follows:
  • Entries open – Monday, 13 August
  • Entries close – Friday, 14 September
  • Awards Dinner – Saturday, 13 October, Masterton.
Entry packs will be sent to all eligible members at the start of September. More information here, and we’ll update as details are finalised in future editions of Friday Olive Extracts.
Steve Morris and his wife Olivia, of Lowburn, have a family-owned olive oil press and process up to 40 tonnes of olives from growers in Cromwell and surrounding areas. The long, hot summer just past promises to be one of the better ones for olive oil production. Photo: Yvonne O'Hara.
This season's long summer has resulted in a bumper harvest for olive growers in Central Otago. Lowburn's Stephen Morris, his wife Olivia and his in-laws Alistair and Sue Stark own Olive Press Central Otago (Opco) on the family's vineyard, St Bathans Range, near Cromwell. Mr Morris has been busy during the past three weeks cold-processing olives to produce extra virgin olive oil.
18-May-2018 By Elaine Watson 
Olive oil is routinely ranked by consumers as the healthiest fat, says Cargill. But other oils also high in healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats – soybean, corn, and canola oil – all rank lower than coconut oil (which is high in saturated fat), while perceptions of lard and tallow are also improving, highlighting a disconnect between what consumers think about fats, and what nutritional scientists are telling them. 
He is a celebrity chef who is is known for his innovative use of ingredients in his many award-winning dishes. And Jamie Oliver has revealed his rather unique use for a kitchen staple, dishing that he rubs olive oil all over his body instead of moisturiser.

And don’t we love his comment: “Why spend a fortune on creams when extra virgin olive oil is the purest thing?”
17-May-2018 By Gill Hyslop

Food companies could be unwittingly putting production processes at risk of contamination by fitting mechanical seals that fail to comply with EU regulations.
What's On

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

22 June - Entries open, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

August 17 – 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

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

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

September 21 - 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

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