Friday 26 January 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
Curious about types, tastes and uses of olive oil? Stop in at the Eckhart Public Library’s Auburn Plaza Location Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. for Olive Oil 101.

A free community education session in the local public library – what a great way to communicate about EVOO with consumers!
The telecommunications regulator ACMA is recommending the Communications Minister auction access to spectrum for mobile broadband, which wireless internet providers say risks services to regional businesses.
Regional businesses could lose their commercial lifelines, if federal government adopts recommendations from the telecommunications regulator.
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can now reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our new 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.

The first Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Where are the weeks going? This is already the fourth edition of Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) for 2018, bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, the weekly format introduced in 2017 has made our industry e-newsletter even more popular, 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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
Free expert business support
Farming Together provides free expert support in areas as diverse as digital marketing, financial planning, provenance building and food technology. More than 200 proven ag-consultants are involved, who can help you get export-ready, check supply contracts, form a co-op, launch a website, research transport options, develop blockchain or devise a marketing campaign … and it’s free.
The only requirements are that you be Australian citizens and a group of at least two people (not family), qualifying as farmers under the ATO guidelines.
More info and how to apply here
Export grants from AUSTRADE
AUSTRADE’s Export Market Development Grants reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses over $5K if total expenses are at least $15K. Up to eight grants are available per eligible applicant, and the funding is ongoing. More information here.
SA: Agribusiness Growth Program
The Agribusiness Growth Program from Food South Australia offers business performance/plan reviews and recommendations for improvement. It also includes one-on-one business coaching to $10K with 25% co-contribution. Applicants must be ag/food businesses of 2+ years with turnover of $300K to $1.5m. Funding is ongoing. More information here.
Qld: farm succession planning rebate
Up to $2500 rebate (up to half of total cost) is being offered for Queensland farming families to undertake farm succession planning. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2019. More information here.
NSW: loans for farm improvements
Loans of up to $250,000/project are available through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority’s Farm Innovation Fund to improve permanent farm infrastructure and ensure long-term productivity and sustainable land use. More information here.
Final weeks to enter 2018 Royal Adelaide Table Olive Awards
Entries are now open online for the 2018 Royal Adelaide Table Olive Awards, following a change of timing to February judging for the annual table olive competition. 
The prize schedule and entry forms are available here or visit for more detail. 
Prize schedules and entry forms will only be posted on request to (08) 8210 5211 or, and entries close on 28 February.
A recent University College London-led study found that following a Mediterranean diet that is rich in olive oil, fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts may reduce the risk of frailty in older adults.
The fifth outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in six months has led the Spanish government to take drastic measures as it tries to prevent the spread of the plant pathogen.

… and in the UK
Additional measures to control Xylella including annual inspections of production sites, sampling and testing of plants before movement, and record keeping for three years are due to come in on 1st March.
What do environmental toxins, infections, and an unhealthy diet all have in common? Simply put, these lifestyle factors all generate oxidative stress, a harmful process in which the body’s production of free radicals exceeds its ability to counteract and detoxify their effects.

You’ll need a while to read through the myriad health benefits of hydroxytyrosol in this article!
Greek olive oil is among the best in the world 
The indigenous olive variety "Makri", cultivated in the region of Alexandroupolis, northeastern Greece, will be included in the European Union's list of products with protected designation of origin (PDO) during the next 2-3 months, according to the president of a local agricultural olive oil cooperative.
In 1560, not long after the fall of the Inca Empire, the Spaniard Antonio de Rivera (or Ribera) sailed from Sevilla, Spain, to Lima, Peru. He brought with him more than 100 olive saplings. Only three survived the journey, but from them 3,000 more would grow by the time Peru gained its independence in 1821.

An interesting piece of olive-related history.
Olive oil, sunshine and a half hour walk - a conversation with Dr Aseem Malhotra – Episode #317

An informative podcast with specific reference to the value of olive oil for lifelong health.
What's On
March  - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

15-23 March - ONZ Focus Grove Project field days – various regions, NZ

19-23 March  – IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course - Barcelona, Spain

24 March - 2018 Olives NZ AGM – Napier, NZ

9-10 April – Olives NZ Processing Seminar - Auckland, NZ

12 April - registration closes for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

21 April - Horticulture for Olive Growers – Nangkita, SA

22 April - “Olive U” classes – Nangkita, SA

8-9 June - OLIVE JAPAN international trade show 2018 – Tokyo

24-26 June - Fine Food New Zealand – Auckland, NZ

13 October – 2018 ONZ Conference & NZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Masterton, NZ

14 October – Olives NZ grove visits – Wairarapa, NZ

18-19 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 - Wagga Wagga, NSW

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