29 November 2019

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Today's Top Story
Scientists at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine have discovered that consuming extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in early adulthood could protect against a form of dementia. 
WHO figures show around 50 million people worldwide have dementia, with nearly 10 million new cases each year, affecting 5-8% of the general population aged 60 or over. That makes this BIG news indeed!
Australian and New Zealand food regulation ministers have agreed the Health Star Rating (HSR) system should remain voluntary. They will take on board certain recommendations, agreeing it “should continue with some amendments”, following a forum meeting in Christchurch.

Look out for the industry update on the outcomes of the forum meeting in regard to edible oils in the coming December edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
(Olive growers) Janine and Steve Milton say the cost of fire damage to their property was about $200,000 (ABC South West/Georgia Loney). 
Farmers say they have been left with a near $1 million damage bill after a Western Australian Government agency was deemed not liable for a bushfire which started on its own pine plantation.
A new industry partnership with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened up a $1.3 trillion market for Australian businesses. The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) announced on Thursday that a new partnership with Alibaba – often described as the Chinese equivalent of Amazon – would make it easier for Australian retailers to access millions of Chinese customers.
Peter and Jenny are holding a MASSIVE OLIVE EQUIPMENT AUCTION and may have something you need. They’re letting olive growers and producers know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Your circumstances have changed and you’ve got equipment you no longer need but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be ideal. Let them know about it through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source. 
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. 
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 – and check out the Gwydir Grove auction details here. It’s on 9-11 December, so check out the catalogue now and make your bid.
Podcast series aims to bust myths and boost business
“Growing Matters” is a resource designed to arm horticultural growers with everything they need to grow their business. Created by Hort Innovation, the four-part podcast series provides information accessible to growers while out in the field, tending to crops and riding the tractor, spreading the outcomes of the research their levies help to support. More information and access the podcasts here.
Proposed increase in export fees and charges
The Department of Agriculture is currently consulting with industry of its intention to revise and increase the costs charged to exporters of horticultural products.
The Cost Recovery Implementation Statement Plant Exports Certification 2019-20 proposes increases in export fees and charges including:
  • implementing a tonnage charge of $4.90/tonne on exports to protocol markets, and $2.45/tonne on exports to non-protocol markets;
  • increasing the cost of a Phytosanitary Certificate from $38 to $113;
See the full proposed changes to all charges here.
Exporters are encouraged to review the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement Plant Exports Certification 2019-20 and provide any feedback comments to the Department of Agriculture through Have Your Say via this online form.
The deadline for submissions is 10 December 2019.
WA: Consumer insight testing - Singapore
Registrations of interest are open for WA food and beverage businesses to participate in DPIRD's pilot study testing consumer preferences in the Singapore market. Working with project partner Curtin University’s Consumer Research Lab, biometrics testing will be conducted in WA on 40 Asian consumers to examine consumers’ responses toward a food product or brand that shows export capability and intention. These insights will be supplemented with an in-market survey of 80 consumers in Singapore.
For the testing, each industry partner will need to choose and provide ONE of the following categories of marketing stimuli (in digital format): imageries of brand or product concept, packaging, labelling, promotional materials, retail signage. 
Businesses can register their preliminary interest by emailing foodindustryinnovation@dpird.wa.gov.au with your business name and products/brands for testing. Formal applications will be sought in early December.
Book now for WCOF 2020 Workshops
Registrations are filling fast, so book your place now for the WCOF 2020 Pre-Congress Workshops, part of the World Congress on Oils & Fats 2020. Being held in Sydney on 8-9 February 2020, workshop topics include: Optimum Frying – Practical and Theoretical Aspects, Infant Nutrition, The Mediterranean Diet and an Olive Masterclass.
More information and register here.

**Use the code BLACKFRIDAY20 and access Early Bird Rates - offer expires Monday, 2 December so get in quickly!
New Zealand

Olive growers have more than doubled production after trials using new techniques, which could see the local share of the olive oil market grow to 20%. Wairarapa grower Craig Leaf-Wright, who has a 4000-tree grove, said each of his trees was now averaging 25 kilograms of olives a year, compared with the New Zealand average of less than 10kg.

21-Nov-2019 By Tingmin Koe

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has introduced the 2019 version of its ‘Health Foods Naming Directory’ to standardise the naming of products.
An audit done between 2015 and 2019 found that half of all extra virgin olive oil on supermarket shelves still fails to meet accepted standards for the grade, Greenberg writes (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images file photo).

Everyone has to eat. Across all borders and cultures, we all rely on food. But this universal truth makes consumers vulnerable to unscrupulous food industry players who engage in unethical, if not illegal, labeling practices.
The Agricultural Research Service, the US Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency, focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. In this new Tellus feature, "Under the Microscope", they interviewed ARS molecular biologist Lisa Ainsworth to learn more about crop responses to global atmospheric change.
24-Oct-2019 By Elizabeth Crawford 

Concerns about the negative impact of deteriorating soil health on food quality and quantity have prompted a fast-paced hunt for new ways to regenerate the land, and while many techniques are promising they often come with long return returns on investment that push traditional funding out of reach for most farmers. 
"Olive oil is the new wine." It's a phrase that we at ABC10 have been hearing a lot lately. But what on Earth does it mean? After all, olive oil can't be sipped from a glass. It's non-alcoholic, used for cooking and warm, crispy bread dipping.

30-Oct-2019 By Nikki Hancocks

A diet high in trans fats could put you at increased risk for dementia, researchers have revealed after studying 1,600 people over 10 years.

The message is clear: reduce the risk, swap to EVOO!
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.
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  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
Forty years ago, a few dozen farmers in La Mancha started the co-operative of Valedepeñas. Today, Colival's 788 associates are looking to the future.

Alternative business models like co-operatives worth looking into for small growers.

Globe-trotting photographer Dave Krugman feels at home no matter where he is in the world. But he hasn't always felt comfortable inside his own head. He's had issues with depression, even as he was building an Instagram following of about 300,000.

Read through to the last line for Krugman’s medication …
What's On

10 January 10
Entries close, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

20-24 January
Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program – London, UK

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

14-15 April 
Olives NZ Processing Practices Course – Auckland, NZ

15 April 
Olives NZ Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils Course – Auckland, NZ 

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

2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

15-17 June
Hort Connections – Brisbane, Qld

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

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