Friday 04 August 2017

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Oleum is a major project that is part of the EU framework program Horizon 2020, conceived with the goal to assure and increase the level of authenticity and quality of olive oil at a global scale.
Expressions of interest are currently being sought from olive growers 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 business and how it compares with other growers across the industry.  Further information on what is involved in participating in this free program for levy payers is available here, or you can register your interest to participate here.
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It’s AOA Membership renewal time and EA Lisa Rowntree advises that all membership invoices have now been emailed out, so if you haven’t received yours yet, please let her know - email: or ph: (0)8 8573 6545.

As a financial member, you are doing your bit to support and empower the AOA to represent your interests, and to help build a sustainable and profitable future for our industry. There are also plenty of direct member benefits, including eligibility to join the Australian Code of Practice ( OliveCare™) certification program, member discounts on events and publications, and access to the online Members Lounge for invaluable information and assistance with labelling requirements, technical issues and much more.

Want to join?
If you’re not already a member, you’ll find more information and membership forms here. International growers and importers into Australia are also welcome to join: contact Lisa at for an application form.
A national online survey is being conducted by the CSIRO and the Department of the Environment and Energy, asking people with a long-term (>10 year) relationship with a piece of land to share observations about the features that have changed and those that haven’t. You need to be able to select an area (eg a farm) and complete the survey taking about 30 minutes.  More information.
Opportunities in your state:
Free online learning platform Alison has just launched its Diploma in Innovation Management for Food and Beverage Manufacturing, aimed at those involved in the food industry or wanting to scale their food business. The course looks at: product portfolio, food values and design criteria, food and consumer trends, markets and cultures, consumer groups, product and packaging, design brief, labels, ingredients, suppliers, consumer validation, standards, processes, shelf life, retail monitoring and scaling a business. More information here.
Provides rebates for advice and assessments to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy that assists with the management of drought and other production and market risks. These one-off rebates will be for half of the costs incurred by eligible farm businesses, up to a maximum of $2 500 (GST exclusive). The rebates are not for insurance policy premiums. More information here.

Provides primary producers in NSW with loans of up to $250,000 to help carry out permanent works that have significant long term benefits and mitigate adverse seasonal conditions. More information here.

Assistance for small food or beverage producers or agribusiness enterprises to grow their business. The program can help with the costs of obtaining business evaluations and coaching by expert consultants. More information here.
Tasmanian farmers can get a 40% reduction in Motor Tax on commercial goods vehicles used for agricultural purposes. Approved rebate status is recorded permanently and ongoing renewal fees automatically reduced. More information here.
  New Zealand

A reminder that the NZ EVOO Awards will open for entries on 14 August and will close on 15 September. This year’s highly experienced judging panel includes two Italian specialists – more information here.

A condition of entry is that oils must have been certified via the Olives NZ Certification programme, so all oils intended to be entered in the NZ EVOO Awards must be submitted for testing by 18 August to ensure results are received before entries close.

Information packs for the NZ EVOO Awards and personalised entry forms will be emailed to all members who have already had oil certified or as oil is certified.


Entries are now open for the inaugural Australian International Olive Awards, Australia’s first and only global olive competition. Replacing the Australian National Olive Competition, the AOA's annual competition 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.
Key dates:

  • Entries are now open

  • Closing date for both oil and table olive entries is 8 September

  • 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 .
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, credited with building the foundations of Japanese medicine and helping make Japan the world leader in longevity, often practiced what he preached.

Read through to what he had for breakfast each day, and why …
China is purchasing record amounts of olive oil and helping to stimulate global production, said a leading olive industry organization on Thursday. Chinese purchases of olive oil rose by 17% during the first seven months of the 2016-2017 crop year, according to the Madrid-based World Olive Oil Exhibition (WOOE).
  Image: Yelp/Jane W.
Whole Foods’ promise to lower prices has yielded disappointing results. Business Insider compared prices on 29 items at a Whole Foods store in Richmond, Virginia, to prices on those same items in November 2015.

Most interesting is the info on EVOO – instead of a lower price, a 49% increase!


Weight loss often involves cutting calories, but what if it was all down to a molecule? New research has found a component in olive oil can help fight obesity.
On Thursday, congressional Republicans in the United States dropped a proposal for a 20% tax on imported goods as part of a broader tax reform plan. The Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) would have put European olive oil producers at a competitive disadvantage in relation to their American counterparts.
Olive oil is full of mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.(Shutterstock)Olive oil is full of mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.(Shutterstock)
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating meals that are bland. Here are five ways to make your comfort food more nutritious while retaining its deliciousness.

Number 1 is – you guessed it!
Olive oil is an important ingredient in any kitchen but good chefs know exactly how to pair the right oil with a dish to enhance its flavors. For Croatian chef Deniz Zembo, olive oil is an essential ingredient in his culinary creations that even offers the scope to innovate and experiment, something he’s not afraid to do.

A chef who really ‘gets’ olive oil flavours and versatility. Well worth reading.
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  • March - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

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