Friday 25 August 2017

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The olive groves. Rendering courtesy Freehold Communities.
Freehold Communities has designed a new master planned community that takes a completed but never used 18-hole golf course and reworks it into olive groves, community gardens, and walking trails.

Olives as an integral part of life – these people get it!
At least 11 new vendors are scheduled to be at this year’s Yolo County Fair Gala … It’s fitting as the Gala celebrates its 11th year anniversary, having made a name for itself as the place to sample much of Yolo County’s bounty all under one roof.

And that header refers to none other than our own Cobram Estate.
She's the Face of Myer, whose modelling prowess has seen her represent the brand for more than a decade.
She’s also spot on with her consumption of olive oil for a sensational complexion. It’s supermodel advice - spread the word!
The Bureau of Meteorology recently released its first mid-month climate outlook, giving a heads-up on likely conditions ahead for those making climate-sensitive decisions. The new mid-month outlooks provide a first look at whether it's likely to be wetter or drier and warmer or cooler than average across the country for the months and season ahead. An end-of-month outlook will also be released, updating advice on likely temperatures and rainfall. View the latest outlook here .
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.
The Efic Small Business Export Loans program provides small businesses with loans between $20,000 and $350,000 to help them grow through exporting. The loans are designed to meet the specific needs of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to help them take advantage of export opportunities when financial institutions can't help. More information and applications here .
New Zealand
NZ EVOO Awards Dinner
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 .
ONZ Certification results show 2017 is another high quality year
Olives NZ EO Gayle Sheridan reports that, despite the harvest season being disappointing for some growers, more than 100 samples have to date been sent to the Australian laboratory for certification – with a 100% EVOO classification for those tested thus far. Feedback from the Sensory Assessment Panel is of “superb” oils, ranging from mild through medium and intense.
Oils can be submitted until the end of September, with certification enabling growers to use the Olives NZ OliveMark quality guarantee. Don’t miss out – email for more information.
Have you entered the inaugural Australian International Olive Awards(AIOA) yet? Australia’s first and only global olive competition, the AIOA replaces the AOA’s annual Australian National Olive Competition and now includes oil and table olive entries from both northern and southern hemisphere producers.

The judging panel offers a wealth of global olive competition experience, bringing together top Australian and international judges from the USA, Japan, Argentina and New Zealand. Competition will no doubt be tough, with strong interest already being shown for the new ‘international' standing of the competition.

The closing date for both oil and table olive entries is 8 September and winners will be announced at the 2017 AOA Conference Dinner on 10 October in Adelaide, South Australia.
Full information and entry are available on the competition website here .
Photo: IAEA
A new joint venture by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has been launched to test nuclear-based technology and low-cost portable tools in food screening. The hand-held devices have shown potential as fast and effective weapons in the battle to wipe out food fraud.
Over the last decade, Portugal has quadrupled its production of olive oil and tripled the volume of exports to €434 million in 2016, reports Publico.
Image: shutterstock.
Coconut oil is a pantry staple among the clean eating, paleo and Bulletproof crowd and there are no shortage of online sources waxing poetic about its supposed health benefits. Increasingly, athletes have also become smitten with the tropical fat, believing it can trim the waistline and supercharge workouts.
OLIVEDA International, a leading international natural cosmetics innovator, today announced a potential global market for its unique green-tech wearables products of up to 10 million users and potential revenues up to $1 billion. The wearable market is just one of the revenue streams derived from OLIVEDA's olive tree based products. 
The Italian Government’s “Made in Italy” campaign is under threat of being scrapped. Far from being a recipe for success, the initiative, which aimed to distinguish genuine Italian products from fake goods and snatch back billions of Euros in lost sales from goods masquerading as Italian products, has caused bitter division among food producers.
Despite continued pressure from the on-the-go lifestyles that dominate today’s culture and have fueled the rise of convenience foods, packaged snacks and quick service restaurants, new research shows many consumers are beginning to shun these options and instead are favoring more home-cooked meals.

47% said they wanted food that was 100% natural … that’s our EVOO!
The United Kingdom’s Food Standard’s Agency is set to introduce a new risk management framework that it hopes will tackle the changes expected to occur in food safety law.
What's On
28 August – Entries close, 2017 NZ Royal Easter Show Competition – Auckland, NZ

6 September – Entries close, Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere competition – Osaka, Japan

8 September – Entries close, 2017 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

8 September – Entries close, 2017 Fleurieu Food Olive Awards – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

9 September – Awards Presentation Dinner, 2017 Perth Royal Olives Show – Perth, WA

11-14 September – Fine Food Australia 2017 – Sydney, Australia

15 September - Entries close, 2017 NZ EVOO Awards – Auckland, NZ

21-23 September - Oil China Expo 2017- 12th China international olive oil & Edible Oil Exhibition – Beijing, China

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 & Exhibition – Adelaide

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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