12 April 2019

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Hort Award penalty rates start 15 April

On Tuesday 2 April 2019 the Fair Work Commissioner announced the timeframe for employers in the horticulture industry to implement overtime penalty rates for casual workers under the Horticulture Award. These changes are to take place the first pay period on or after 15 April 2019 – yes, that’s next Monday. View the decision here and download the Horticulture Award Pay Guide here to ensure you’re ready.
New water charge rules from July 2020

Amendments to the Australian water market water charge rules will commence on 1 July 2020, designed to improve pricing transparency and make it easier for operators to comply. Operators’ existing water charge rules obligations will mostly continue under the new rules and information to help operators to comply with the amended rules is currently being developed by the ACCC.
The amendments are intended to:
  • make schedule of charges requirements clearer
  • simplify the calculation of termination fees, and
  • simplify the regulatory framework by largely returning the regulation of water infrastructure charges levied by on-river infrastructure operators back to Basin States.
Read details of the amendments here.
10-Apr-2019 by Pearly Neo 

Australian researchers are calling for stricter governance over regulator FSANZ’s food-health relationship claims system, after arguing that 40.3% of product claims have not been proven with substantial evidence. 
Have your say on quad bike safety
The ACCC has conducted an investigation into quad bike safety, including the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), resulting in a recommendation for a mandatory safety standard. Submissions are invited on the exposure draft mandatory safety standard recommended by the ACCC, to inform a recommendation and advice to the Minister about its implementation. 
Submissions are due by 5 pm, 10 June 2019, and all relevant documents are available here.
Labour licensing updates: reminder to respond

Growers are reminded to prepare for labour hire licensing in Queensland and Victoria as seasonal harvest work for Autumn crops ramp up. More information here.
09-Apr-2019 By Gary Scattergood 

Australia now accounts for 22.3% of all supplements and health foods imported into China, taking the top spot from the US, which had a 20.4% share of the market in 2018. 
Some interesting discussion about CoOL issues here.
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Vic: Climate Change Innovation Grants

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s $3.8m Climate Change Innovation Grants, providing between $50,000 and $300,000 to help local communities work to reduce emissions, adapt to climate change and grow the industries and businesses that will position Victoria for a low carbon future. More information here.
2019 Australian International Olive Awards – have you saved the dates?
2018 Silver Medal winners
Harvest and the new seasons oils are on their way, as is the chance for peer review and a celebration of the best of the 2019 harvest via the Australian International Olive Awards. Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition, with the added benefits of international status and promotion, the Australian International Olive Awards is the “must enter” event on the competition calendar.
So SAVE THE DATES NOW and make sure you get your entries in for a chance to be named Best EVOO or Table Olive of Show for 2019:
  • Entries open – 1 July 2019
  • Entries close – 30 August 2019
  • Judging – 12-14 September 2019
  • Presentation dinner, Albury, NSW – 18 October 2019
Full details will be available in May on the competition website.
Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums
The Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums focus on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce. Taking place in every capital between May and August, the Symposiums feature keynote speakers including Tina Arena AM, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Ming Long, Michelle Cowan, The Right Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, Jacqui Lambie, Jessica Rowe and many, many more.
Presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions will cover a range of topics, including:
  • strategies as a leader to survive in an ever-changing business environment
  • breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive leadership
  • womenkind: unlocking the power of women supporting women
  • let’s talk about non-traditional roles
  • be heard and remembered: how to use your stories to influence effective change in the workplace. 
A 25% attendance discount of is currently available – enter the code ANSY19 when you book. More information and book here.
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The sixth edition of a report on organized crime in the food sector has been released after a year of joint work by Eurispes, Coldiretti, and the Observatory on Crime in Agriculture and on the Agri-Food System. 
29-Mar-2019 By Mary Ellen Shoup 

Emerging and new-to-market brands are all vying for precious shelf space at retail, so where should founders focus their time and energy to secure a spot in their desired store area? 

France’s Interprofessional Body for Olive Oil (Afidol) is focusing on the recovery and renovation of its traditional and mountain olive groves as a means to make the country’s table olive and olive oil industry more profitable.
28-Mar-2019 By Mary Ellen Shoup 

While terms such as a 'natural' and 'clean label' may not have a regulated definition attached to them, these particular descriptors do motivate over half of US shoppers to purchase a product, a new survey of 1,000 adults conducted by Wakefield Research for Label Insight found. 

Overall, the survey found, consumers want ‘brand transparency’ – as do local EVOO producers!

It’s been a rough several years for California table olive growers, who face a future full of change.

An interesting look at the tough decisions ahead for many in the Californian industry.
02-Apr-2019 By Katy Askew

Nobody wants a food recall. But if you are faced with one, preparedness and internal co-operation will make or break your communications response. 
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 now well underway Friday Olive Extracts  (FOE) continues 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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The US is weighing tariffs on $US11 billion ( $14.4b) of EU products — including civilian aircraft and agricultural goods ranging from roquefort cheese to olive oil — in a development that threatens to ratchet up transatlantic trade tension.

An opportunity for discovery of fresh, local product over imported brands, perhaps?
08-Apr-2019 By Gary Scattergood 

Japan is a notoriously difficult market for overseas food and beverage firms to crack, but here are three top tips from one of the country’s leading trading partners. 
What's On

16-17 April
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop – Boort, Vic

29 April
Regenerative Agriculture seminar – Dunkeld, Vic

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

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

1 July 
Entries open, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

19-24 July
OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

30 August
Entries close, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

4 October
Entries close, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

16-19 October
2019 National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition – Albury, NSW

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au
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