20 December 2019

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Today's Top Story

The Italian associations Italia Olivicola and Agricoltori Italiani (CIA) teamed up with the AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research in Italy to develop a project called An Extra for Research to support the work of AIRC while promoting the use of extra virgin olive oil.

What a great way to get the message out about the health benefits of EVOO.
Australia
Holiday wishes from FOE team
2019 has been an eventful year and we’ve enjoyed sharing olive-related news, information, events – and sometimes just interesting snippets – with our FOE readers each week. Thanks to all our subscribers for welcoming us into your Inboxes, and especially to our advertisers, whose support makes this weekly industry communication possible.
We’re now taking a short break and will be back on 17 January.
To all our readers across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, best wishes from the Friday Olive Extracts team for a safe, happy and relaxing holiday season, and a great start to 2020.
Agriculture ministers converged on Moree in northern New South Wales (last week) with drought the #1 item on the agenda. The National Farmers Federation was invited to outline its vision for an enhanced national policy for preparing for, managing through and recovering from drought. In support of NFF’s policy, Ministers supported a proposal by Drought Minister David Littleproud for the establishment of a new Working Group to evaluate drought support measures. 
Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie met Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, on one of the stops on the tour to Australia’s trading partners in Asia.
Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie completed a week-long tour to trading partners in Asia at the end of August. The minister was joined by the head of the Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan, as well as heads of other government departments and agricultural industry representatives, on a trip that aimed to further strengthen our relationships with Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

There’s been considerable press about stock feed moving around the country to support drought-stricken primary producers. Trucks loaded with hay have been regular and emotive vision on our televisions and in the press. This article by ChemCert looks at the ‘after effects’ of bringing in hay and other feeds, often from unknown sources, and at quarantine considerations.
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If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise 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. 
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Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at www.olivebiz.com.au/classifieds. To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at editor@olivegrower.com.au – and check out the Gwydir Grove auction details here. It’s on 9-11 December, so check out the catalogue now and make your bid.
Liking the OWI’s work? Got a suggestion for future offerings? 
The Olive Wellness Institute (OWI) is now 18 months old and they’re keen to hear your feedback on their work to date, so they can track their progress and continue to improve their offer. 
They’re doing that via a grower survey, with the responses providing the valuable information they need for activity planning for 2020 and beyond. It’s really quick - just a handful of brief questions, along with the opportunity to let them know what you’d like to see, hear and learn about via the Olive Wellness Institute into the future.
Click through now and have your say; they really, really want to hear from you!
And if you want an information top-up, you can check out all the great resources on offer on the OWI website here.
Water market information to flow into farmers’ phones
Irrigators and other water users now have easy access to water market information that is reliable and as close to real time as possible, through a new app funded by the Australian Government.
Waterflow, available for free on mobile and desktop, gathers information from state governments, participating brokers and trading platforms and puts it into a user-friendly app that farmers and water trader can use wherever they’re working.
More information and register here.
Opportunities
Applications open for 2020 Hort Business Masterclass
"The masterclass allowed us to have insights into industries other than our own. The cross pollination of working practices was very valuable.” – Rita Bikins, Red Rock Olives, 2018 Masterclass participant.
Do you want to develop horticultural business and leadership skills with some of the best in the business? The University of Tasmania’s Masterclass in Horticultural Business is a 10-month course delivered predominantly online, along with several face-to-face workshops and on-farm experiences with industry leaders. You’ll develop a business plan specific to your industry and needs, while collaborating on shared issues across the sector. Previous participants have gone on to win national awards, start new business innovations or strengthen their existing businesses.
UTAS developed the course in partnership with Lincoln University, NZ, and the Wageningen Research Academy, Netherlands, with funding from Hort Innovation. Students don’t need any previous education qualifications and are chosen on a professional basis only. 
The 2020 Masterclass commences in mid-February and applications close on January 17. Learn more and apply here or email.
Events
2020 Sensory Training Workshops
Registration is now open for the final two TasteBook®/OliveCare® Sensory Training Workshops, being held in TAS on 29 February and SA on 6 March respectively. An opportunity to learn from industry experts and sensory scientists, the workshops will provide participants with a better understanding and appreciation of what goes into producing quality Australian EVOO and table olives, and to learn about sensory evaluation.
The program includes TasteBook® sensory training using EVOO and table olives, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO, determining objective best before dates (BBDs) plus so much more.
The cost is $40 inc GST levy payers, $50 inc GST non-levy payers. 
Register for TAS here .
Register for SA here .
… and TasteBook ® “mega-round” 6 & 7 

TasteBook® Rounds 6 and 7 will be combined as a 'mega round' and will focus on Kalamata table olives and flavoured oils respectively, offering a veritable ‘feast for the senses’. 
Participants will receive two packs of four Kalamata table olives samples and four bottles of flavoured oils, all from top Australian producers, providing a mega-tasting and learning experience in one delivery. 
The sample kits will be sent from 28 January to 15 February 2020, with surveys to be completed by 29 February. Both TasteBook® rounds are included in the cost of $40 levy payers, $50 non-levy payers and international participants.
Register by 7 February here.

More information on the Sensory Workshops here and TasteBook® program here, or contact Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay on 0409 283 581 or soumi.paul.mukhopadhyay@dpi.nsw.gov.au.
New Zealand
Claiming to be organic?

If you are using the claim ‘organic’ on your products then the olives must be certified organic and the product must be produced via 100% organic practices. Both of these are regulations under the Fair Trading Act.
Olives New Zealand EO Gayle Sheridan has advised that NZ MPI is developing a national organic standard which will be legislated. The bill is due for its first reading in Parliament before Christmas and all organic organisations will need to comply with the standard once it is established. Growers and producers therefore need to check with their organic association to ensure that they are working towards compliance with the new standard. 
All growers wanting to become officially organic must also be registered with one of the recognised bodies.
Using New Zealand fruit tree management techniques instead of the olive grove management methods used in the Northern Hemisphere and Australia has at least doubled olive yields at trial sites across New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)-funded research has shown. MPI supported Olives New Zealand to carry out a three-year research project, through its Sustainable Farming Fund.

Great media recognition of the Olives NZ Focus Grove Project and its remarkable results.
International

11-Dec-2019 By Oliver Morrison

The food industry needs to adapt to a paradigm shift among consumers away from traditional diets, according to speakers at the recent FiE show in Paris.

Lots of relevant information here for olive and EVOO producers.
Plant pathogens, or disease-causing viruses, bacteria and fungi could lead to significant losses in agricultural yields, and threaten food security and ecosystem integrity. Between 2012 and 2017, the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) severely damaged large orchards covering 538 km2, equivalent to about 6.5 million olive trees in Apulia, southern Italy, according to data by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

06-Dec-2019 By Oliver Morrison

A host of factors have the potential to damage the reputation of food brands next year, warns an expert.
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People worldwide who live to be 100 or older have staple cooking ingredients in common, according to "The Blue Zones Kitchen," a new cookbook by Dan Buettner. 

Among the top listings of common ingredients in longevity “Blue Zones” is …
Vitor Baptista stands by one of his Santulhana olive trees in Tras-os-Montes, Portugal.
Photographer: Joao Lima/Bloomberg
In the rugged Tras-os-Montes region of northern Portugal, Vitor Baptista braves frosty mornings and long drives from his home near Lisbon to pursue the sentimental goal of transforming olive oil into something more than a condiment.

The Trump administration is considering tariffs as high as 100 percent on Scotch and Irish whiskey, Belgian waffles and wines from across Europe, as part of its retaliation against the European Union for illegal airline subsidies.

QuickTake by Bloomberg

The EU exported more than $6 billion worth of olive oil in 2018 alone, but the demand hasn't kept up with the increase in supply. Now, prices are tumbling.
What's On
2020

10 January 10
Entries close, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

20-24 January
Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program – London, UK

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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

19 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Hobart, TAS
19 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Hobart, TAS

21 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Melbourne, VIC

23 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Adelaide, SA

25 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Hunter Valley, NSW

27 February
National Table Olive Workshop - ACT/Southern Highlands, NSW

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

1 March
National Table Olive Workshop – Perth, WA

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

April, dates TBC
AOA Processing Workshop – Boort, VIC

14-15 April 
Olives NZ Processing Practices Course – Auckland, NZ

15 April 
Olives NZ Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils Course – Auckland, NZ 

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

May
2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

15-17 June
Hort Connections – Brisbane, Qld

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

11 September 
Entries close, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

22 October
Awards Presentation, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

16-18 October
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

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