23 August 2019

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LAST WEEK TO ENTER the Australian International Olive Awards – don’t miss your chance to be named 2019 BEST EVOO or TABLE OLIVES OF SHOW
Carol and Tony O’Neil, Cradle Coast Olives, 2018 AIOA Best EVOO of Show.
This could be you!
If you haven’t got your entries in yet, it’s time to get cracking – there’s only one week left to enter the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards – Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition.
Providing an unmatched opportunity for peer review and brand promotion, the 2019 competition features new elements including:
  • Reserved Champion of Class awards - increased chances of winning 
  • Bigger and better trophies
  • Medal results emailed post-judging
  • Online decal ordering with fast delivery to maximise marketing
  • Earlier entry and earlier results = early promotion and increased marketing opportunities
Key dates:
Entries now open
30 August – entries close
18 October – Awards Presentation Dinner, Albury, NSW
More information here or contact Chief Steward Trudie Michels on 0419 031 527, tmichels@globaldial.com.
Have your say on Geographical Indications
The Government is seeking the views of food and agribusiness producers as it continues to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, and public consultations on Geographical Indications (GIs) are now underway on the EU’s proposed list of protected terms. You can view the list here. Information sessions are running in capital cities until 13 September – details here – and the first rural seminar and drop-in session will be held in Margaret River on 28 August. Access the program here sent this morning.
The AOA is working with the Government to minimise any impact the EU-FTA might have on the olive industry, including GIs, and concerned producers can contact AOA CEO Greg Seymour at ceo@australianolives.com.au or 0476 760 160.
Rob McGavin in the Boundary Bend grove.
Rob McGavin describes himself as “just a farmer” but his uncompromising commitment to quality and his entrepreneurial mindset tell a different story. One that has helped transform our olive oil industry and changed the way Australians cook.
NSW Biosecurity Management Plan: stickers available for biosecurity signs 

From 1 August 2019, people entering areas where a Biosecurity Management Plan applies must comply with the measures outlined in the plan. Arrangements in Biosecurity Management Plans aim to prevent, eliminate, and minimise the biosecurity risks posed by people entering a place at which commercial agricultural or horticultural activity, including processing and education, occurs. 
To comply with new legislation, the NSW Government will provide stickers to update exisiting Farm Biosecurity signs for free until 31 December 2019.
More information here.
A lengthy hit list of irrigators' major water market gripes are set to be canvassed by the Australian Consumer and Competition Regulator's inquiry into the southern Murray Darling Basin. It will investigate who owns water and how much, the effect of trading on the market, behaviour of brokers, market transparency, carryover rules, and water losses from river operators.
Got olive equipment you no longer use? Why not offer it for sale directly to your target market – OLIVE GROWERS AND PRODUCERS
Your production level has changed and you’ve outgrown that small processor but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be an ideal size. Why not get together and do a deal through Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source. 
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. 
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 www.olivebiz.com.au/classifieds. To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at editor@olivegrower.com.au
Rogue labour hire firms
The Office of State Revenue (OSR) has been investigating rogue labour hire firms operating in WA. Businesses engaging such firms may become subject to more regular and ongoing investigations by the OSR and other government departments.
A fact sheet has been published to help businesses recognise rogue labour hire firms and is available here
Anyone with labour hire issues or queries surrounding the process can phone Paul Callaghan (Principal Specialist Compliance Officer) on 08 9262 1566.
Hort Innovation Levy Returns & AGM
A reminder for all Hort Innovation members to complete their Annual Levy Return form. This is required to secure voting entitlements for the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is being held in Sydney on November 22.
Completed Annual Levy Returns must be received by Friday 27 September 2019 and can be submitted online or by post. More information here.
Grants for big ideas from young ag innovators
Applications are now open for the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, a competitive annual grants program recognising and supporting young Australians aged 18-35 by funding projects that will benefit Australia's primary industries. There are 11 industry category grants worth up to $22,000 (incl. GST) each. 
Applications close Friday 4 October. Full details and apply here
Fight Food Waste SME grant program 

FIAL is funding an industry-led $200k grant program, the Fight Food Waste SME Solutions Centre, which offers matched funds of up to $50k to help SMEs conduct short-term research to find a solution to their agri-food waste problems. Find out more and apply here.
Webinars unpack EMDG
Austrade is holding a series of information webinars about the Export Market Development Grant – how it works, who is eligible and how to apply. Two further webinars will be held on 3 and 25 September, and recording are also available. Find out more and register here.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for Wangaratta
There are still a few days left to register for the TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory training workshop in Wangaratta, Vic, being held on Saturday, 31 August at the Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway. 
Feedback from the workshops to date has been outstandingly positive, with attendees gaining invaluable insight into the evaluation process, varietal nuances and EVOO quality parameters. Don’t miss the opportunity to: 
  • learn what makes award winning EVOO and table olives stand out from the rest 
  • understand what judges look for in industry competitions
  • develop your taste palate
  • network with peers.
The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more, providing an interactive learning experience which will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives.  
The cost is just $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers, including catering and comprehensive course notes. 
Don’t miss your opportunity to learn - register now for the Wangaratta, Vic event on Saturday, 31 August. 
More information and register here, where you’ll also find the full national schedule.

“It took my basic knowledge to the next level with respect to sensory analysis.”
“World class presenters. Friendly collaborative environment. Outstanding venue and catering.”

The white paper, which was published by the Culinary Institute of America and the International Olive Council, also says that a shift to plant-forward diets is necessary to achieve global climate goals and promote healthy eating.

Spain’s association of farmer groups, La Unión de Uniones, has called on the European institutions to investigate the reasons why the Italian oil market seems to be behaving differently from its European counterparts, Spain and Greece, seemingly putting the single market into doubt.

Researchers found that olive oil stored in bag-in-box containers retained extra virgin quality standards for longer periods of time in both room temperature and abuse temperature storage conditions that olive oil stored in tin-plated steel containers.

And which country’s EVOO industry pioneered it – Australia’s!
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.
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  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

Olive oil is Greece’s fourth most important export, with sales abroad totaling 524.5 million euros in 2018. However, Greece keeps losing market shares to its main competitors, Italy and Spain, as well as rising players in the international market, such as Tunisia. A recent report by the Economic and Commercial Affairs Office of the Greek Consulate in Toronto points to some of the reasons.

Spain’s total olive oil production is expected to decrease by 44% in the 2019/20 crop year, according to an estimate by Andalusia’s Olive Oil Sector Council of Agri-food Cooperatives. At a meeting in Jaén, the coalition of olive oil producing cooperatives said that production was likely to be around one million tons, which would be the lowest yield since 2014/15.

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged the U.S. Trade Representative's Office not to impose new import tariffs on European olive oil, warning they could lead to an olive oil shortage and higher prices in the United States.

A compound found in extra virgin olive oil may have beneficial effects in Parkinson’s disease, a study in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans shows. Researchers say the compound Tyrosol reduced oxidative stress and induced the expression of different protective genes in a model of Parkinsonism.

A new study by Enrico Bucci from the Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO) suggests that the current strategy for monitoring Xylella fastidiosa fails to identify all the infected plants and enables progression of the epidemic via undetected infection hotspots.
What's On

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

26 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil Competition – Auckland, NZ

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

31 August
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, NSW

2 September
Closing date for entries, West Australian Olive Awards – Perth, WA 

22-27 September
Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere – Tacna, Peru

24 September
2019 Taste of Excellence Awards, Sydney Fine Food Show – Sydney, NSW

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

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

12 October
Awards dinner- West Australian Olive Awards 2019 - WA 

12 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop - South Australia

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

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

27 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Hunter Valley, NSW

2 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Tasmania

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

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

15 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Toowoomba, Qld

22 November
Hort Innovation AGM – Sydney

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 


7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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

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

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