Friday 28 September 2018

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Today's Top Story
Omega-3 fish oil supplements failed to prevent first-time heart attacks or strokes in diabetics compared to a control group that took olive oil capsules.
Champion: Chairman of Judges for the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Michael Thomsett, Westerly Isbaih and Robert Armstrong. Photo: Katrina Ilardo.
Last Friday, ALTO Olives received a haul of trophies at the 2018 (Sydney) Royal Fine Food Show. Awarded not only as Champion Olives, but also claiming three Golds, nine Silver and five Bronze medals for its products, it’s not the first time for ALTO Olives.

Congratulations to ALTO and all the other winners in what was an impressively high medal-scoring competition. For full results, download the results catalogue here .
1st and 2nd October 2018
Geelong Library
51 Little Malop Street. Geelong
Victoria 3220 – Australia
Course focused on both attribute identification and intensity scoring
Better understanding the relationship between fruit handling, milling and oil managing on final quality
Better understanding panel test results to take the best strategy for olive oil trading
Contact Claudia Guillaume for more information 03 5272 9500
Climate change is likely to lead to more dust storms and the release of contaminated soil into the atmosphere. Picture: Alan Stark.
Extreme weather events and global warming could lead to increased human exposure to deadly chemicals, according to Australian researchers.
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 reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. The 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
FAQ on changes to heavy vehicle regulations
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has published a set of common questions and answers about the changes to Chain of Responsibility laws which will come into effect on 1 October 2018. Under the new laws, participants in the heavy vehicle supply chain, including primary producers, must reduce risks related to the safety of transport tasks. The information sets out your responsibilities and obligations as part of the supply chain. Access the FAQ brochure here.
Manage life’s challenges with ifarmwell
ifarmwell is an online toolkit, designed based on feedback from Australian farmers, that can help you reduce the negative impacts of stress on your life. An online tool kit to help farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. Find out more and register here.
Event Kit for growers now “ready to go” – order yours now
The Olive Wellness Institute’s Event Kit for olive growers and processors provides factual, user-friendly resources to use at events or local farmers markets - posters, leaflets on the Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a FAQ booklet containing evidence-based facts and answers to questions commonly asked about EVOO. 
You can access the Event Kit on the OWI website here and “ready to go” kits are also available by order: the resources will be printed and sent directly to growers, or they can be collected from the OWI team at the AOA National Olive Conference & Exhibition in Wagga Wagga.
Anyone wanting a ready kit is asked to register their interest, nominating postal delivery or Conference pick-up, to Abby Dolphin at
Hort Connections 2019 speaker applications now open
Applications are now open for presentations at next year’s Hort Connections conference, being held from 24-26 June 2019 at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Presentations at previous conferences have covered topics including future innovations in agriculture, leadership in the horticultural sector and the food trends shaping the future of our industry. More event information here and apply here.
Last days to book for Olive Oil Sensory Master Course, Geelong
Presented by Modern Olives’ Claudia Guillaume and Japanese expert Toshiya Tada, the second Olive Oil Sensory Master Course is being held on 1-2 October in Geelong. The comprehensive program provides the opportunity to learn more about: evaluating positive and negative attributes; the relationship between fruit handling, milling and management on final quality; chemical analysis and panel test results for informed olive oil trading; the differences in varietal oils due to origin – and much, much more. Find more information here and email Claudia at to register.
Just three weeks to the 2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition – providing the latest industry trends and information “in the field”
Registration is open for the 2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, being held in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on 18-20 October. The packed program of aims to provide information and skills on a broad range of topics, with valuable practical take-homes for all participants. This year’s event has a strong focus on grove management, with plenary sessions backed up by grove sessions on the Friday and as part of the Saturday optional program. Join experts in the grove for the chance to listen, learn, question and discuss all those things you always wanted to know but never had the opportunity to ask.

Register here - and start prepping your question list!

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 -
More information and register here –

Don’t miss the industry’s learning and networking event of the year – register now! And don’t forget, discounted AOA member rates apply.
2018 Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – be there as the winners are announced!
Entries for the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards have now closed, with a strong field of entries vying for the chance to be named Champion EVOO and/or Table Olive of Show. With an increased number of international entries showing the competition’s growing status, it’s set to be an exciting and challenging evaluation process for the panel of top Australian and international judges.
Don’t miss the big announcement of winners at the Awards Presentation Dinner on 19 October at Wagga Wagga, being held in conjunction with the 2018 National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition. Book your tickets here.
New Zealand
Countdown on to New Zealand EVOO Awards
Olives NZ EO Gayle Sheridan has been busy of late, ensuring the perpetual trophies for the New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards are all engraved, cleaned and ready for presentation to the 2018 supreme award winners.
Sheridan said a good harvest across most regions has seen “another fabulous entry rate” for the 2018 competition, with 99 EVOO and 16 Flavoured Oils submitted for judging.
So the countdown is now on to the NZ EVOO Awards Dinner, being held as part of the Olives NZ Conference weekend, where the best of the best will be revealed – and celebrated. Full details and registrations here.
October Focus Grove Field Days
With the first just a little over a week away, here’s a reminder of the dates and venues for the October round of Focus Grove Project Field Days – “must-attend” events for all growers looking to improve their grove management practices.
  • Monday 8 - Northland
  • Tuesday 9 - Hawke’s Bay
  • Wednesday 10 - Canterbury
  • Thursday 11 - Nelson 
  • Friday 12 - Wairarapa .
More information on the project here.
Almost half of olive oils sold in France do not conform to regulation, a new report has found, with many containing added vegetable oil, and falsely claiming to be “extra virgin” or “organic”.
Teresa Pérez, Manager of Olive Oils from Spain during the tasting of olive oil. (PRNewsfoto/Olive Oil World Tour).
The European Union and specifically EU Member Spain wants their Olive Oil to be consumed in Japan and are using tourism and EU money to make this happen.
The unstable weather of the past summer and the lack of resources to fight the fly are to blame for an ominous outlook.
A ‘mysterious’ disease has been killing olive trees in Southern Italy. It is at the centre of a political fight between central institutions and local actors, freezing all interventions.
Thanks to some unusual weather in the first three months of 2018, olive harvests are down by about 25%, according to the California Olive Oil Council, which represents 90 percent of olive oil production in California.
Lam Chuen Ping in olive grove / CGTN Photo.
A Chinese-born businessman, now with Spanish nationality, and two Chinese partners bought an olive tree farm and are exporting premium oil to China. They are among a handful of Chinese involved in olive oil production in Spain.
14-Sep-2018 By Niamh Michail

From calls for legislation on misleading food labels to new appointments at DG Sante, we round up the biggest news from Brussels affecting the food industry this month so far.
Olives are small fruit that grows on olive trees. They belong to a group of fruit called drupes, or stone fruits. They are related to mangoes, cherries, peaches, almonds, and pistachios. Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants.

Great marketing for our wonderful products – thinking of exporting to India, anyone?
What's On

1-2 October
Olive Oil Sensory Master Course – Geelong, Vic

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

8 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Northland, NZ

9 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Hawke’s Bay, NZ

10 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Canterbury, NZ

11 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Nelson, NZ

12 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Wairarapa, NZ

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and Awards Dinner – Masterton, 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

22-26 October
Olive Oil Sommelier Course – Tuscany, Italy

24 October - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Rutherglen, Vic

25 October 25 - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Tatura, Vic

9-12 November - Australian Biological Farming Conference and Expo 2018 – Gold Coast

9-12 November 
Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo – Bilinga, QLD

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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