Friday 29 September 2017

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
Sarah Nolet, CEO of AgThentic, says agriculture is undergoing a digital revolution, and the huge potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will accelerate the pace of disruption and rapidly change how our food gets from paddock to plate but it’s not as scary as you might think.

It’s a hot topic right now – and one explored at the Australian National Olive Industry Conference, being held in Adelaide on October 10-11. Check out the program and register here .
The Hunter Region’s food scene is better than ever but is word starting to spread? Or are we flying under the radar when it comes to national recognition?

Chefs increasingly recognising the value of sourcing high quality local ingredients … great news for the Hunter’s EVOO producers!
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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Applications are sought under the national Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation programme for projects valued at $55,000-$1.65m. The programme aims to open, improve and/or maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations. Projects may occur in Australia or overseas. Deadline for applications is 31 December 2018 or until all funds have been allocated. More information here or phone: 1800 868 175.
New Zealand
The 2017 NZ EVOO Awards Dinner will be held at the James Cook Hotel, Wellington on Saturday, 14 October. To acknowledge this year’s Head Judge and Guest Judge, both from Italy, the meal will be an Italian family style dinner, with shared platters for entrée and main and individual desserts. Wines will also be Italian, starting with Prosecco on arrival.

All awards will be presented during the evening.

Download the Awards Dinner registration and accommodation request form here.
A seminar on “Sensory aspects of Extra Virgin Olive Oil assessment” will also be held as part of the ONZ EVOO Awards weekend. Run by this year’s two Italian guest judges, Dr Di Lecce and Dr Cerretani, the program will focus on “when the tasting reflects the quality" using 2017 NZ EVOO Awards winning oils.
The seminar will be held at the James Cook Hotel on Sunday, 15 October and the cost is $250 per attendee for members. Download the registration form here .
The 17 th edition of Hunter Olive Show is being held this year and is once again set to be a competitive event across all competition categories - oils, table olives, and tapenades. There’s just one more week until entries close on Friday, 6 October 2017, so if you haven’t submitted your entry, get moving! Entry forms and full information are available here.
Presentations will be held on Tuesday, 14 November at Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove, Lovedale. 
Judging of the Australian International Olive Awards (AIOA) is now complete, and excitement is building as we wait to find out who will take home the coveted Best of Show title in Australia’s first and only global olive competition.
Be there as the winners 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 – enjoyed, no doubt, with competitive spirit by entrants from far and wide. It’s 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 membership. Use the member discount code THANKYOUDINNER at the checkout when you place your order to apply the special price of $100 (normally $120) per guest.
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 and ideas to advance the industry. And while you’re there, 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?
A bus tour is being offered as an optional event on Thursday, 12 October, following the plenary session program. Organised by Olives SA in partnership with the AOA, the bus will depart Adelaide and 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 the renowned Coriole Winery, it’s a day not to be missed. Cost is $90/pp (ex GST) – bookings here .
By Cheryl Marie Tay+, 14-Sep-2017
Demand for functional food and drink has shot up in APAC, particularly in China, where 80% of the population claims to want to make their diets more healthy. And four key health concerns are driving sales.
Protection from pollution via foods high in antioxidants is one of the key drivers. Hello EVOO!
Turkey should be able to sell its olive oil to European Union markets in a customs-free manner, just like it can do for olives, rather than on inward-processing model, to give a boost to its exports, a leading sector player has said.
Katy Askew, 21-Sep-2017
Increased organic production would support the development of more sustainable food systems across Europe, IFOAM EU’s deputy director and policy manager Eric Gall tells FoodNavigator.
Juan Ramón Guillén began bringing back saplings of different varieties of olive trees from his travels. Now, his 'Olivotheque' is among the largest collections of olive cultivars in the world.
By Joe Whitworth+, 25-Sep-2017
Almost a third of olive oil samples tested within a two year period were judged non-compliant, according to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
James Basson's Chelsea Flower Show 2017 M&G winning garden - image: HW .
The RHS is to let garden designers and nurseries know whether they can use high-risk Xylella host plants in the next few weeks, with olives, lavender, rosemary and other plants in the firing line. The RHS said it would not publish its policy until it sends out garden allocation letters for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 on 12 October.
By Gary Scattergood+, 25-Sep-2017
Supplement and food firms operating in China’s booming cross border e-commerce market have been buoyed by a year-long extension of the existing trade laws, which were due to be replaced on January 1.
What's On

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

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