Friday 30 November 2018

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Today's Top Story
New research has revealed why foods rich in unsaturated fats like olive oil help protect from cardiovascular disease. It found they promote higher levels of a protein that prevents the formation of blood clots.
World-first biosecurity tech trial launches in Melbourne and Auckland
A world-first 3D x-ray unit is helping to detect biosecurity risks at Melbourne and Auckland airports in a 12-month trial in collaboration with Biosecurity NZ. The new 3D X-ray unit will screen passengers, cargo and mail utilising a high-tech computer program designed for instant identification of high-risk items. More here.

And for seaborne critters …
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has confirmed the Triumph v1820 has been sent back to China and will not continue its Australian-New Zealand voyage as planned. Armacup Maritime Services has also announced the cancellation of a second ship, the Lake Como, to Australia and New Zealand following stink bug biosecurity risks.
Got something to sell? Or want to buy? Go direct to your target market
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. The 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.
Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Share your farm skills through Farmers Without Borders
A new initiative is placing Australian farmers in overseas projects where they can share their experience and skill. The Farmers Without Borders program is looking for individuals, partners or groups who have a genuine interest in sharing their knowledge, experience and technical skills. Volunteers don’t need any particular qualifications, as long as they have the confidence to step outside their comfort zone. Volunteer in-country placements are typically three-six weeks, with logistical arrangements like flights and accommodation managed and funded by the program. More information here.
Sign up to AOA Export Register
The AOA Export Register has been set up to facilitate a targeted means of communication for those interested in specific export markets. 
If that’s you, email your name, business name, email address, phone number and specific export market interest (eg China, India) to and you will be notified when the AOA receives specific information about these markets and any associated inquiries.
Tassie growers - access essential pest & disease management info
Tas IPDM Field Days: be there and protect YOUR grove.
The Roseworthy, SA IPDM Field Day last weekend was a huge success, attracting a record attendance of more than 50. Tomorrow sees the last event in the program for 2018, with a further four being run in February 2019. The Field Days are part of the national program in the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001) and last-minute bookings are available for tomorrow’s Tasmanian event. 
Organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University, the field days explore IPDM extension services, focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose management. Vital information from industry experts combines with the opportunity to share issues and experiences with other grove owners, making these “must do” events for EVERY GROWER.
Details are: 
  • TAS: Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Glendale Olives, Launceston
The program continues in the Wangaratta region on 1 February 2019 and the Mornington Peninsula on 3 February 2019, with WA events on 15 February at Gin Gin and 17 February at Margaret River. Details of these events will be confirmed as they are finalised.
More information, registrations and view the full program here.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The year is rapidly ticking by, with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) continuing to bring all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, our industry e-newsletter keeps growing in popularity and we now have nearly 4000 subscribers across the globe. If you’re not one of them,  you can sign up here.
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New Zealand
19-Nov-2018 By Pearly Neo

New Zealand Food Safety is looking to further enhance the country’s food recalls and food safety system by seeking views on new proposals that stem from the 2013 Fonterra crisis.
December Olivegrower not far away – have you renewed your subscription?
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Dive brief: Deoleo, a Spain-based maker of olive oil products, recently announced two legal victories. One was a permanent injunction against false and misleading statements circulated on social media, and the other dismissed a mislabeling lawsuit.
Researchers from the archaeology department of the University of Zadar, Croatia have discovered 3,500-year-old olive pits at an archaeological site off the north Dalmatian coast.

That’s “young” in comparison to …
When Augustus Caesar rose to become the first Roman emperor, in 27 B.C., the seeds recently unearthed by Turkish archeologists were already 2,000 years old. Those same seeds, found during excavations in Kilis, along the Turkish-Syrian border, have a vintage dating back four millennia -- around the time the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built.
An injunction was stayed against a Bengaluru-based company barred from using the term‘Pure Olive Oil’ as a rival from the city uses the same words as part of its trademark. The High Court refused to stay the temporary injunction granted by trial court.
19-Nov-2018 By Cheryl Tay 

There is a gulf between the nutritional needs and desires of senior consumers, and the number of products launched and marketed towards them, according to an industry expert from DSM. 
16-Nov-2018 By Niamh Michail 

Blockchain has been heralded as a way to combat food fraud and provide farm-to-fork traceability - and some big players are investing. But is it worth the investment? 
A new study in the UK suggests the Mediterranean diet may be particularly protective of stroke in women over 40, regardless of whether they take hormone replacement therapy or have experienced menopause.
California’s vast landscape means it’s an ideal place for farming. From avocados to lemons to grapes for wine, the beautiful weather lends itself perfectly to agriculture. But that weather’s also causing problems for the olive oil industry.

Meanwhile in Greece …
With the harvesting season underway in Greece, Greek olive oil production is expected to be significantly lower than the previous season. Some early estimations have calculated it at around 240,000 tons, down by more than 30% compared to the 350,000 tons of olive oil came out of the mills last year.

… and in Italy …
The first figures available on the current crop season in Italy were compiled and released by the Institute of Services for the Agricultural and Food Market (ISMEA), on the basis of data gathered by the Italian Agricultural Payments Agency (AGEA).

And overall …
Global olive oil production is estimated to decrease by 5.5% in the 2018/19 harvest season, according to figures provided to Olive Oil Times by the International Olive Council (IOC).
What's On
1 December
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Launceston, TAS

1 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Wangaratta region, Vic

3 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Mornington Peninsula, Vic

15 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – New Norcia, WA

17 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Margaret River, WA

17-21 February - FIAL at Gulfood - Dubai, UAE

March - dates TBC
Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days – various regions, NZ

23 March - Olives New Zealand 2019 Annual General Meeting – Carterton

25 March 25
Closing date for entries, 2019 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – Tokyo, Japan

1 April
Closing date for entries, Oil China Competition 2019 - Beijing China

5-10 May – New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

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