Friday 13 July 2018

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Today's Top Story
Photo: Daytime temperatures have been above average across the country over the last year. (Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology).
The data has come through from the financial year and it was hot with maximum temperatures the warmest on record from July to June. Minimums were also above average but not record-breaking, at only 0.72 degrees above the long term average.
09-Jul-2018 By Lester Wan

Food companies seeking to secure amendments to Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s (FSANZ) code of standards could face a revised set of costs, under plans put forward for consultation.
Cobram celebrates World Chocolate Day … with EVOO recipes!
Last Saturday was World Chocolate Day and to celebrate Cobram Estate shared a selection of chocolate baking recipes created in partnership with Donna Hay. Chocolate + EVOO = indulgence with a healthy twist!! Get the recipes here and get baking  – great tasting products for your farm shop or farmers market stall!
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. Our 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 – like Rob, who’s on the hunt for an olive de-pitting machine
Olivebiz Classifieds cost just $40 for AOA members ($100 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
Olive oil: Mildura is firmly bound to the dried grape industry but there are side industries of importance like the little olive oil factory carried on by Mr Walter Matthews, the crop is irregular this year but should come up to average before the season ends.

An interesting snippet on Australia’s early 1900s olive industry history – particularly the focus on “keeping quality in the Commonwealth”.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first half of the year has passed already, 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.
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!
Entries open: Olives SA EVOO and Table Olive Competitions
Entries are now open for the Olives SA EVOO and Table Olive Competitions, closing on 17 August.
Entry forms are available from the Royal Adelaide Show website here. Late entries will not be accepted so enter now!
Olive industry IPDM field days – register now and protect YOUR grove
Bookings are open for the Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) field days at Marulan on Friday, 10 August and the Hunter Valley on Sunday, 12 August. Numbers are limited to 40 per event, so reserve your place now. Click the button below for full details and to register, and for the full program of events rolling out across the country in coming months. 
The field days are being organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University to explore appropriate IPDM extension services focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose. The program is part of the olive levy project An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). 
Further information: Liz Bouzoudis: 0478 606 145,

This is essential pest & disease management information. If you are serious about keeping your grove viable into the future, you cannot miss these field days!
June Olivegrower out now – have you renewed your subscription? 
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New Zealand
Olive trees on Waiheke island, New Zealand.
Olive harvesting season is in full swing in New Zealand, where producers are expecting a record-setting year.
Hundreds of olive farmers, oil producers and business representatives gathered in front of the United States consulate in Sevilla, Spain last Thursday to protest proposed American tariffs on Spanish olives.

and …
University of California-Davis agricultural economist Daniel Sumner discusses the California olive industry and global trade during an olive workshop July 6 in Orlando, California.
As most of its consumers are domestic, olives are among the few Golden State crops that haven’t been thrust into uncertainty by tariffs.
Turkish Exporters Assembly said that its olive and olive oil product exports to the UAE in 2018 grew from $1,607,260 to $2,870,800 signifying a growth of 79%.
A security service member patrols the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline worksite in Melendugno in the province of Lecce, Italy. Photographer: Giulio Napolitano/Bloomberg.
On a recent visit to a construction site near an olive grove along the coast of southern Italy, a reporter’s phone buzzed with an ominous text message: “We know you’re there.” The text came from one of the people fighting to stop the final construction of a 4.5 billion-euro ($5.2 billion) natural gas pipeline that’s designed to run right beneath the olive trees, an area farmed for centuries and now surrounded by barbed-wire fencing.
An agreement signed in Rome by Coldiretti, Unaprol, Federolio and FAI S.p.A. includes measures which stirred protests among representatives of the Italian olive oil sector.
Pierluigi Tosato
The executive chairman of the world’s largest olive oil company said today that the business model for the olive oil industry was “broken,” and the next few years will be critical as consumption slumps in traditional markets and a scenario of overproduction with dwindling demand looms.
25-Jun-2018 By Lester Wan 
10 food and beverage trends around the world have already trickled into the Thai market in 2018, and are starting to shape the 'next generation' of consumer demands.

Key trends for our industry include “natural”, “farm fresh” traceability and “positively processed”, including cold/low temp processing.
The Oliveto Pependone olive grove and manure at Marina Palusci farm.
Olive groves at the award-winning farm Marina Palusci are managed in accordance with biodynamics, a much-debated but often successful method.
Waste from olive oil production is treated at a pilot plant in Spain that uses a unique torrefaction process to reduce transportation costs for biomass and produces green chemicals as a byproduct.
What's On

16 July
Entries open, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

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

10 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Big Hill 

10 August
Entries close, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

12 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Hunter Valley 

13 August - Entries open, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

17 August  – 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

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

14 September - Entries close, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

16 September
Presentation evening, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

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

21 September – Presentations, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

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

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and 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

22-26 October
Olive Oil Sommelier Course – Tuscany, Italy

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

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