Friday 5 October 2018

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Last days to register for the 2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition
The annual AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition is the year’s must-attend event, allowing delegates to stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and information.
Featuring key local and international speakers, this year's program includes a broad range of topics including Drones in Groves, Irrigation Management, Food Safety in Table Olives, Megasonics in EVOO processing, Keeping Defects Out of Olive Oil plus so much more. 
The registration fee also includes an industry networking dinner, along with a Field Session at the NSW Department of Primary Industries Testing Lab and Sensory Panel, and the Charles Sturt University Olive Oil Research Facility. Registrations close on Thursday, 11 October - Register now!!
Thursday, 18 & Friday, 19 October 2018; Saturday, 20 October - Optional Field Days/Workshops; Wagga Rules Club, Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Friday, 19 October
Event accommodation: Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga - 
More information and register here –

Don’t miss the industry’s learning and networking event of the year – register now! And don’t forget, discounted AOA member rates apply.
Even with the same varietal and harvest time, olive oils can taste different depending on the region where it's grown. Image: ABC, Jeremy Story Carter.

Certain wines go with certain foods, but is that the case for olive oil? New research has found, like wine, Australian olive oil has different flavour profiles and health benefits depending on the region where it's grown.
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
From modest beginnings at the local farmers’ market, Molives founder Mo Amin has watched his pouch-based business grow – one fresh olive at a time.

Innovation and quality products – that’s what you grow an industry on!
Online applications for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award are now open, closing on 31 October 2018. A bursary of $10K is available to each state and territory winner for innovative ideas and projects, and access to professional development opportunities and networks. More information here.
Bookings now open for Queensland IPDM Field Day. Be there and protect YOUR grove
Bookings are now open for the Queensland IPDM Field Day, the third in the national program as part of the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). Details are: 
When: Saturday, 3 November; 8:30am - 5:30pm, followed by BBQ (8pm finish)
Where: Perseverance Hall, Perseverance and Rash Valley Olives, Palm Tree, Qld. 
More information and view the full program here.
2018 Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – be there as the winners are announced!
Entries for the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards have now closed, with a strong field of entries vying for the chance to be named Champion EVOO and/or Table Olive of Show. With an increased number of international entries showing the competition’s growing status, it’s set to be an exciting and challenging evaluation process for the panel of top Australian and international judges.
Don’t miss the big announcement of winners at the Awards Presentation Dinner on 19 October at Wagga Wagga, being held in conjunction with the 2018 National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition. Book your tickets here.
Olives SA field day targets NOVA site restoration – save the date
A field day to inspect and assess the National Olive Variety Assessment (NOVA) research site, at Roseworthy north of Adelaide, will be held on 24 November, in conjunction with the South Australian AOA IPDM Field Day. 
Olives SA and the University of Adelaide have joined forces to restore the unique facility, including rejuvenation of the neglected grove and installation of irrigation, providing a shared resource for olive research and teaching, and a hub for local industry activity. 
We’ll bring you more details in FOE as they’re announced, or contact Olives SA president Michael Johnston via

You can read more about the NOVA site and the Olives SA/University of Adelaide restoration project in the September edition of Olivegrower & Processor. Not a subscriber – sign up here .
New Zealand
Don’t miss next week’s October Focus Grove Field Days
There’s just one more week until the October round of Focus Grove Project Field Days. Organised by Olives NZ as part of the ongoing Sustainable Farming Fund project, the field days provide an invaluable opportunity to observe, learn and discuss management issues in the grove. Dates and venues are:
  • Monday 8 - Northland
  • Tuesday 9 - Hawke’s Bay
  • Wednesday 10 - Canterbury
  • Thursday 11 - Nelson 
  • Friday 12 - Wairarapa .
More information on the project here.
It turns out that we’ve been thinking about extra virgin olive oil all wrong. Yes, it’s healthy and tasty — great for brushing on a crusty baguette or using for a quick sauté — but as a food, it’s more akin to fresh-squeezed orange juice than to a pantry staple that sits for months on a kitchen shelf.

Great consumer info about olive oil!
With the health benefits of olive oil on everyone’s lips and the movement toward more flavorful tastes, the time is right for this 8,000 year old tradition to become an irresistible, national force. Small wonder! September 30, is National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day.

Also some good consumer info and messages about olive oil – except the one about smoke point.
Chef Lionel Giraud became a Lavazza Chef Ambassador in 2016, and, since then, has taken great pleasure in exploiting all its facets. However, after two years as a Chef Ambassador, Lionel decided to infuse two most essential elements of Italian cooking — coffee and organic olive oil.

If marketing is all about a point of difference, this is probably a good idea …
Tunisia’s olive oil industry is going from strength to strength and the country’s economy depends heavily on the product’s export. Yet small, family-owned farms are struggling to modernise their operations and compete with global market players.
For centuries, the Sierra de Mariola has been regarded as a kind of natural botanical garden at the heart of the Valencian Community, in Eastern Spain. Over 1,200 species of plants, many of them endemic, grow on its slopes and aromatic and medicinal herbs are the base of herber (meaning “made of herbs”) - a local liquor which is probably one of the best-known products of the area.
21-Sep-2018 By Katy Askew 

The food industry should work to demystify nutritional guidance and the ingredients list in response to a proliferation of often contradictory, sometimes inaccurate, information in the digital space. 

Relevant information effectively communicated by trusted entities across the digital network … sounds like the Olive Wellness Institute and Everyday websites!
The company is seeking to meet growing demand for healthy, innovative products with exotic flavors.
26-Sep-2018 By Elaine Watson

The Detox Project – which certifies products as ‘Glyphosate Residue Free’ – has been overwhelmed by industry inquiries over the past six months as food brands seek not just to get certified, but more often, to “use us as a consultancy service” to find out how the herbicide got into their products and what, if anything, they can or should do about it, says founder Henry Rowlands.
What's On

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

8 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Northland, NZ

9 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Hawke’s Bay, NZ

10 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Canterbury, NZ

11 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Nelson, NZ

12 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Wairarapa, NZ

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and Awards Dinner – Masterton, 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

24 October - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Rutherglen, Vic

25 October 25 - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Tatura, Vic

9-12 November - Australian Biological Farming Conference and Expo 2018 – Gold Coast

9-12 November 
Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo – Bilinga, QLD

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

24 November – Olives SA NOVA site + IPDM field day – Roseworthy, SA

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at
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