Friday 27 April 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
Gold and Silver galore at NYIOOC … AND two Best of Class
Australian and New Zealand producers once again made their mark at the 2018 New York International Olive Oil Competition, taking home a total of two Best of Class, 12 Gold and four Silver awards.
Australia accounted for 16 of the total, with Best in Class awards going to Cape Schank Olive Estate’s Coratina and Cobram Estate’s Australia Select Picual. Cape Schanck Olive Estate also took home two Gold medals for its Frantoio and Picual varietals, while Cobram Estate stacked up four Golds for its Superior Premiere Blend, Reserve Hojiblanca, Light Flavour Intensity Blend and Robust Flavour Intensity Blend. Rylstone Olive Press also earned two Golds, one each for its Murray Darling Blend and Murrumbidgee Blend, joined in the Gold medal stakes by Gooramadda Olives’ Hardy’s Mammoth and Nannup Tiger’s Frantoio varietals.
Australian Silver medals were awarded to Alto Olives for its Robust Blend and Rylstone Olive Press for its Crooked River Blend, along with two to Cobram Estate for its Reserve Picual and Classic Flavour Intensity Blend.
New Zealand producers added an additional two Gold medals to the tally, awarded to the Blue Earth Tuscan Blend Frantoio and Juno Picual varietals, both from the Wairarapa region.
A fantastic result all round, which will no doubt build on the ever-increasing reputation of our high-quality Australian and New Zealand EVOOs across the globe.
Impressive local medal haul at Olives Japan
Australian and New Zealand producers also did themselves proud at this year’s Olive Japan International EVOO Competition, taking home a total of eight Gold and 13 Silver medals.
Seven of the Golds went to Australian producers - three to Boundary Bend and one each to Alto Olives, Camilo Olives, Sommariva Olives and Chapman River Olives, which was also awarded the Best of Australia title. Another Gold went to New Zealand’s Telegraph Hill, along with three of the Silver haul. Australian producers nabbed the rest of the Silvers – two to Alto Olives and Yanchep Sun City P/L, and one each Boundary Bend, Camilo Olives, Goornong Estate, Crea Farm, Prema Bros and Sommariva Olives. 
Local entries accounted for 30 of the total 727 judged by a panel of international judges, making the medal haul total of 21 even more impressive. Congratulations to all!
Forgot to complete your Tastebook™ Round 3 survey? There’s still time …
It’s a busy time for our industry in the midst/lead-up to harvest, so with that in mind, the completion date for Round 3 of the Tastebook™ program has been extended until COB on Monday 30 April, 2018.
Participants are asked to complete the Round 3 survey as soon as possible to ensure the results can be collated and shared during the scheduled May timeframe. You can access the survey here Survey Monkey® - and if you’ve misplaced the previously emailed Round 3 Training Package, email Tastebook™ co-ordinator Peter McFarlane at and he’ll send it out stat.
Tastebook™ Round 4 will be held in August 2018, featuring green olives and ‘green’ olive oils, and you can also experience ‘Tastebook™ Live’ at the AOA National Conference - 18-20 October, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
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.
Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO. 

To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Pace yourself: Guests at the Olive Long Table Luncheon at the Whispering Brook winery and olive grove at Broke.
Next week is the opening of the two-month-long 2018 Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival offering a kaleidoscope of special events throughout the wine country.

The pick? Obviously the Olive Long Table Luncheon at Whispering Brook, incorporating an olive grove tour and an olive oil tasting session. What a great way to showcase EVOO to consumers.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first quarter of the year has passed already and we’re now well into 2018 with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), 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!
Expanded free co-op toolkit online
Farming Together recently launched an expanded toolkit for forming and running a co-op. These no-cost, online DIY resources include complete instructions on how to register your co-op, how to transfer shares and how to compile membership and director registers. The resources range from print-out samples to animated, self-paced learning courses, and are the tools most-requested by the 132 co-ops being supported through the Farming Together website. More info here.
Nuffield call open
Primary producers can apply now for the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships which support overseas travel and study to help develop current, emerging and future agricultural leaders. Deadline for applications is June 15 – more info and apply here.
SA: Funding for waste studies
The third round of funding for the Trade Waste Initiative - Resource Productivity Assessment Program opens in July 2017. The program offers a grant of 50%, to a maximum of $10K (GST excl), to help cover the cost of the resource productivity assessment. More information here.
Vic: Grants for hort R&D
Grants of to $50K for applied R&D projects that contribute to a more productive and profitable Victorian horticulture sector. Deadline 30 June 2018. More information here.
The role of extra virgin olive oil in oncology: events with Dr Mary Flynn
Nutrition Australia, proudly supported by Cobram Estate, is delighted to host acclaimed US research dietitian Dr Mary Flynn as she presents her latest research in how a plant-based Mediterranean diet can aid in the treatment of some common forms of cancer, including breast and prostate.
Being held in Melbourne on 7 May from 8-10am and Sydney on 9 May from 7-9pm, these free events are designed for health professionals specifically working in or with the oncology sector. More information here.

Taking the facts on EVOO’s benefits straight to health professionals – great stuff!
Αn unexpected enemy destroyed many olive trees in Greece a few days ago, when a big landslide eliminated an area of more than 200 acres in the western part of the mainland.
The largest professional agricultural association in Spain will offer parametric insurance for a second year in a row through Lloyd’s coverholder Meteo Protect. The protection is designed to protect its 22,000 olive farmers from the financial consequences of extreme temperatures on their olive fields.
Olive oil has a healthy reputation, but you've probably wondered if it's worth paying a healthy price for a bottle. Research shows olive oil can lower your risk for heart disease and cancer, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. The health benefits are attributed to olive oil's primary components.

Good to see more user-friendly information out there helping consumers make better olive oil choices.
"Have an Olive Day" is a program launched by Olives from Spain and the European Union to interest consumers in tasty olives that are a ready-to-serve food. Now in its second year, the program also contemplates specific actions for hospitality and catering professionals in the United States.
The Dry Eye Assessment and Management Study Research Group concluded that patients with dry eye who received 3,000 mg of fish-derived n-3 fatty acids for 12 months had no significantly better outcomes than patients who received an olive oil placebo.

Particularly interesting is the “Perspective” comment on olive polyphenols.
Exports of olive oil to the US in the first five months of the export season reached 16,500 tons in an increase of 206% compared to the same period the previous year, amounting to $67.3 million in value, up 251%.
What's On

7 May – Nutrition Australia: Dr Mary Flynn on EVOO in oncology – Melbourne

9 May - Nutrition Australia: Dr Mary Flynn on EVOO in oncology – Sydney

15 May - Soil Health and Water Use Field Day - Willow Creek, SA

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

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

6 July - Invitation to Participate closes, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

July 16 – Entries open, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

August 17 – Entries close, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

20 August – Entries open, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

September 5 – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

September 21 - Entries close, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

5 October – Entries close, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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

19 October - Awards Presentation Dinner, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards - Wagga Wagga, NSW

15 November – Presentation dinner, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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