Friday 22 September 2017

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Branching out: Shane Cummins at the CSU winery, where he picked olives with the Long Paddock Olive Rustlers. Picture: Les Smith.
After 20 years, The Australian National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Show has gone global and there’s a distinctive Wagga flavour about it. Wagga’s Shane Cummins is chairman of judges for the reborn  Australian International Olive Awards, the only competition in the world incorporating both table olives and oil. 

Judging of the AIOA is underway as this week’s FOE goes out: best of luck to all entrants! We’ll bring you the results as soon as they’re announced.
In the cool climate of the Coal River Valley a former Sydney couple has become the latest operator to add to Tasmania’s growing number of olive growers.
Register your interest today and come have a chat to the RMCG team at the National Olive Industry Conference in October to participate in the Australian Olive Industry Benchmarking program. Funded by Hort Innovation using the olive levy, and delivered by independent consulting group RMCG, benchmarking is a great management tool to track the performance of your businesses and how it compares with other growers across the industry. Further information on what is involved in participating in this free program to levy payers is available here , or you can register your interest to participate here .
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We hope you’re all enjoying your weekly edition of Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox in an even more timely manner. THE place to share olive industry news and last-minute event reminders, the 2017 weekly format has been another great step forward for our increasingly popular industry e-newsletter, and we now have nearly 4000 subscribers across the globe. If you’re not one of them, you can sign up here .
Australian International Olive Awards Chief Steward Trudie Michels was interviewed last week on the Gastronaught radio program about the competition, and in particular the importance of its new international status. She also provided insight into the judging process, and an overview of the 2017 harvest and the recent Royal Adelaide Olive Awards. Listen here .
By Gary Scattergood+, 18 July 2017
Australia is primed for e-commerce food sales to take off – but the big question that remains is which outfits are prepared to pump in the investment to make it possible?
New Zealand
By RJ Whitehead, 6 Sept 2017
The sheer scale of demand for Australian and New Zealand goods in China has been revealed in a striking report - though indications suggests that cross-border e-commerce might soon have reached its peak.
2017 Certification
2017 Olives NZ Certification results undoubtedly reflect the increasing quality of oil production across the country. ONZ EO Gayle Sheridan reported that “a very pleasing number of oils” have been certified in what’s been a generally challenging year, with only one of those submitted not meeting the Olives NZ standard for EVOO. An impressive result indeed!
Focus Grove Project October Field Days
The next round of Olives NZ Focus Grove Project Field Days will be held in October as follows:
  • Monday 9th -Hawke’s Bay
  • Tuesday 10th - Wairarapa
  • Wednesday 11th - Nelson
  • Thursday 12th – Canterbury
  • Northland - TBA
Also attending will be the NZ EVOO Awards’ Head Judge and Guest International Judge, and the opportunity for a value-added program has the various regional committees busy planning how to the maximize their attendance.
We’ll update in FOE as plans progress – watch this space.
Be there as the winners of the Australian International Olive Awards (AIOA) are announced at the 2017 AIOA Presentation Dinner, being held as part of the National Olive Industry Conference on Tuesday, 10 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
The event will feature a menu created from seasonal South Australian ingredients and is a great chance to relax, catch up and make new friends – and maybe celebrate a win or two of your own! 
AOA member? Dinner tickets are discounted for AOA members as another benefit of your membership. Use the member discount code THANKYOUDINNER at the checkout. when you place your order to apply to receive the special price of $100 (normally $120) per guest.
Good luck to all entrants – and see you at the celebrations!
Want great advice about managing your grove and increasing your output? How to process for best quality? Learn about the latest marketing trends and horticultural technology, and current olive levy R&D projects?
All that and more are on the program for the 2017 National Olive Industry Conference, being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on October 10-11.
The conference is the premiere networking and educational event in the olive industry calendar, and will see growers from across Australia and beyond learn, discuss, explore and share knowledge to advance the industry. The Trade Exhibition is a great chance to discover the best new options for your grove and business needs, with providers on hand to discuss a wide range of industry-specific products and services.

More information and registrations here.

**Note: special discount registration rates apply for olive levy payers - $315, and AOA members - $275. Why wouldn’t you be there?
Fleurieu Field day – save the date!
A field day is being offered as an optional event on Thursday, 12 October, following the plenary session program. Organised by Olives SA and the AOA, the day will tour the Fleurieu Peninsula olive and wine growing region, visiting groves, oil processing and bottling facilities, and table olive production.
Rounded out with tastings of the region’s high quality wines and lunch at a local winery, it’s a day not to be missed. Details are currently being finalised, so watch for updates in Friday Olive Extracts and on the conference website .
Olive oil has long been touted as one of the best ways to get heart-healthy fats in your diet. The Mediterranean diet staple is also tied to a bunch of other health benefits like protecting your brain against dementia and destroying cancer cells.
Oro del Desierto (Pablo Esparza).
Sergio Leone, the Italian filmmaker, chose the desert region of Tabernas as a film location for his Spaghetti Westerns. Few believed the area was right for olive oil production.
Elizabeth Crawford, 14-Sep-2017
New research published by the Organic Trade Association connecting parenting to increased organic purchases suggests sales of organic could see a significant boost in the coming years as more millennials, many of whom already favor organic, have children. 

and as a result …
Katy Askew, 08-Sep-2017
Growing demand for premium and sustainable food products increases the risk of food fraud because of its higher price point, research firm Ecovia Intelligence suggests.
Gabi Garrett,
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Recent data from the U.S. National Library of Medicine shows that a polyphenolic compound found in olive oil, known as oleocanthal, can selectively kill cancerous breast cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
Photo by Anetlanda. Content Exchange.  
Most Americans have been advised to adhere to a diet low in saturated fats to promote heart health. However, the paradigm for what constitutes a healthy diet is shifting. 
What's On

24 September - 2017 Shanghai international olive oil Tasting Meeting - Shanghai, China

26-28 September - Science Protecting Plant Health 2017 Conference – Brisbane, Qld

10 October - 2017 Australian International Olive Awards Presentation – Adelaide, SA

10-11 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition – Adelaide

12 October – Olives SA Fleurieu Field Day -

14 October - NZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ

15 October - ONZ Organoleptic Seminar – Wellington, NZ

17 November - Awards Presentation, Hunter Olive Show - Hunter Valley, NSW

March - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

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