05 April 2019

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There is no scientific basis for the common misconception that you shouldn't cook with extra virgin olive oil. Many of the myths around cooking with olive oil have to do with smoke point. Many people mistakenly believe that you should only cook with oils that have a high smoke point.

Proof that the message IS getting out there – in this case, thanks to Australian research and the Olive Wellness Institute’s great work in disseminating it.
Do you process small quantities? We’re looking for small batch processors in NSW – and elsewhere – to join our register
The Olivegrower team regularly receive enquiries from people looking for small-batch processors and with harvest on the way, this week we’ve had one from a small grower in the Blue Mountains. Our Register of small processors generally enables us to connect small producers and suitable processors, to the mutual benefit of both, but we’ve got a bit of a gap in some areas and we’re stumped on this one.
We’re keen to fill that gap – and extend our list to include all processors across Australia and New Zealand willing and able to process small batches of olives.

If this is you, please send your details to Olivegrower editor Gerri Nelligan at editor@olivegrower.com.au, including contact and pricing details, minimum quantities required, and whether you will crush individually or on a “mix and percentage” basis.
And if you’re anywhere near the Blue Mountains, we’re keen to hear from you ASAP so we can put you in touch with our grower reader.
We recently visited Rylstone Olive Press , an olive oil producer in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The Rylstone olive oils are award winners, not only in Australia but internationally against traditional olive growing countries like Greece, Spain and Italy.

More spot-on messages in this article, particularly the final pointers around smoke point and buying Australian.

You might expect a dietitian to tell you to go on a diet — that word is right there in their job title. Yet, like most dietitians, Simone Austin says just the opposite: healthy eating isn't about cutting out all the foods you enjoy eating and condemning yourself to a lifetime of steamed, boiled blandness; it's about adding in nutritious foods and discovering new favourite ways to prepare them.

The response to the ‘in hindsight’ question is right on target!
Got something to sell, or want to buy? You can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. The industry-owned online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil - or even your grove. Like Chris, who’s got a top-condition used DiMasi harvester for sale. 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 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
2GB: Luke Davis and Ben Malouf speak to Greg Mathews from Grampian Olive Co about their special olive oil infusions.
Funding for sustainable natural resource management innovation

Applications are now open for projects to deliver services under the National Landcare Program - Smart Farming Partnerships Round 2. Projects are expected to commence before the end of 2019 and be complete by 30 April 2023. Deadline for applications is 19 May 2019 – more information here.
2020 Nuffield Scholarships
Applications are open for the 2020 Nuffield Scholarship program, and Nuffield Australia is urging young farmers with a desire to drive their knowledge and businesses forward to apply. This year, there are more than 25 Nuffield Scholarships on offer, each valued at $30,000. Applications close on Friday, 14 June – more information and apply here.
Free smarts for your smart idea
Need some free smarts for your regenerative ag project? You might need some R&D, a marketing plan, IT development or event volunteers – students from Southern Cross University are keen for real-life experiences to enrich their learnings in environmental studies, engineering, business, nutrition, tourism, education and so much more. Submit your project idea – it can be anywhere in Australia – to the university’s Live Ideas team. More information here.
Join Olives SA tomorrow at the Peninsula Olive Festival

The Peninsula Olive Festival is on tomorrow as part of the Tasting Australia program, and Olives SA are running a day of activities as part of the event.
Presentations will include:
  • Tasting EVOO with Andrew Markides and Michael Johnsto
  • Pruning Theory with Peter Cox, followed by a practical demonstration in the grove
  • Making Table Olives At Home with Gerri Nelligan
  • Make Killer Dressings Using EVOO with Wendy Hollick
  • Homemade Essentials - DIY Essential Oils & Olive Oil with Candice Hooper
When: Saturday 6 April, 10am-4pm
Where: Peninsula Providore 2250 Bull Creek Road, Tooperang, SA
Entry is free, with meal options available by pre-booking here.
Regenerative Agriculture seminar, Dunkeld
The Upper Hopkins Land Management Group will be hosting Charles Massy, Merino breeder and author of "Call of the Reed Warbler", for a seminar on Regenerative Agriculture. The event will be held at Dunkeld on Monday, 29 April, commencing at 4pm and the cost is $22, including a buffet meal. Places are limited and bookings are essential.
This is a great opportunity for farmers to explore new opportunities to better adapt their farm and farm business to a changing climate. It will be followed by a small focus group workshop on Tuesday, 30 April, 9.30-12noon for those wanting more in-depth discussion on the topic and effective implementation strategies.
Bookings close on April 22 - www.trybooking.com.au/BBNOD.

Austrade is running two Free Trade Agreements Information Seminars, providing the opportunity to hear directly from Government and industry experts on the practical benefits of exporting, and how to take advantage of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). 
Recommended for exporters and businesses considering exporting, the seminars will be held in Geelong, Victoria on 10 April and McLaren Vale, South Australia on 12 April. More information and register for Geelong here and McLaren Vale here.
New Zealand
In the second part of a series in which The Spinoff gets to know who, what, where and how our food gets to our plate, Alex Casey learns about how olive oil is made.

More great promotion of local EVOO, this time from New Zealand.
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A new study conducted recently by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens found that Greece’s Kalamata olives help reduce bad cholesterol and improve the overall health of people who include them in their diets.

A reminder of the great presentation on the Health Benefits of Table Olives by Linda Costa at the 2018 National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition. If you couldn’t be there, you’ll find a video of the session on the OliveBiz website here .

A new study from Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (ICEX) has concluded there is a lot of potential for olive oil in the Indian gourmet food market.
Eric Ripert is the acclaimed chef of New York's Le Bernardin. Nigel Parry.
Between March 21 and 24, chefs and epicureans all over the world celebrated French gastronomy with the fifth annual Goût de France. 

The first thing they talk about … the health factor, and the exclusive use of olive oil.

While olives might sneak into the American diet occasionally, they are an everyday staple for those living in the Mediterranean basin. As a socioeconomically valuable crop for this region, disease is a dreaded concept that researchers and growers constantly fight. For Southern Illinois University Carbondale researcher and doctoral candidate Oussama Badad understanding the tiny little DNA and the organism’s complete genome is the best way to identify, halt and prevent crop diseases.

Genetic resistance to Xylella is one of the tasks on Badad’s radar.

If you keep trying to make a pasta sauce like your nonna (or anyone’s nonna) used to make and you keep falling flat, it probably comes down to one thing: You’re not using enough olive oil.

We reckon pretty much everything needs more (Aust/NZ extra virgin) olive oil!

Spain’s Grupo GEA and the National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC), the largest ecological olive oil producer in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, have signed an agreement to build Asia’s largest olive mill.
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!

If warnings over price rises and food shortages following a no-deal Brexit have been playing havoc with your blood pressure, you can rest assured that at least one store cupboard essential isn’t in danger of running out – and it may be just what the doctor ordered: olives.

That’s one store buyer with their stock priorities right!
27-Mar-2019 By Tingmin Koe 

Using digital tools to trace the entire supply chain produces not only commercial and reputational benefits, but also fosters trust between firms and its partners, according to Olam Cocoa. 
15-Mar-2019 By Jenny Eagle
Rapak, part of DS Smith Plastics, is installing a sixth line for Bag-in-Box packaging at its Shumen plant in Bulgaria to meet demand. 

Great to see support growing for both the bag-in-box, a local EVOO packaging innovation, and for Rapak, a major sponsor of the Australian International Olive Awards.
What's On

6 April
Peninsula Olive Festival – Tooperang, SA

9 April
Closing date for entry/samples, London International Olive Oil Awards – London, UK

10 April
Austrade Free Trade Agreements Information Seminars – Geelong, Vic 

12 April
Austrade Free Trade Agreements Information Seminars – McLaren Vale, SA

16-17 April
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop – Boort, Vic

29 April
Regenerative Agriculture seminar – Dunkeld, Vic

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

5-10 May – New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

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

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

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

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

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

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