Friday 03 August 2018

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Today's Top Story
Coating a thin layer of olive oil at the surface of stainless steel utensils can deter bacterial growth. Other health benefits of olive oil.
BOM outlook says dry and warm
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its August to October outlook, showing most of mainland Australia is likely to be drier than average. It’s also likely to be warmer than average, especially during August. More here.
Tastebook™ Round 4 responses open – register now
Olive producers, marketers, food service and competition judges are invited to register now to participate in Round 4 of the Tastebook™ program, a sensory training initiative in appreciating, describing and understanding how to improve the quality of EVOO and table olives. 
After three successful rounds of Tastebook™ the AOA Board has decided to implement a cost recovery charge for participation in Tastebook™ Round 4. Registration will now occur on-line via Eventbrite with the following fee structure: 
Domestic participants: AOA members: $25/Non-members: $30
International participants: All countries: $50
Tastebook™ Round 4 samples and basic instructions will be posted to registered participants from the week commencing 6 August. Detailed instructions and training materials will be emailed to registered participants, for responses via the Survey Monkey form until 3 September.
Register here for Tastebook™ Round 4 (closing date 13 August), access the SurveyMonkey Tastebook Round 4 response form here and learn more about Tastebook™ here.
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
Modern slavery will be outlawed in new legislation recommended by a parliamentary inquiry.(ABC TV, file)
Unions and fruit and vegetable farmers can work together to end exploitation of overseas workers, despite many growers perceiving the "unionisation" of their industry as a threat. That's the view of Adelaide lawyer Dr Joanna Howe, a leading expert in labour supply and migration, who has investigated systematic exploitation of overseas farm workers in Australia's horticulture sector.
Research identifying climate change resistant species
Which Plant Where Researcher Alessandro Ossola is performing climate testing on plants to determine their resilience to climate change.
Around 100 plant species have been identified as the champions of climate change under a $10 million, five-year joint research project Which Plant Where, which aims to achieve greater environmental sustainability in urban green spaces.
More than 13,000 individual plants and over 500 popularly planted tree and plant species were put through rigorous testing and bioclimatic models to see how each would perform in the years 2030, 2050 and 2070. Many failed to make the cut.
The research findings will be used to create an online tool to identify species resilient to climate change and better matched to appropriate climatic conditions around Australia, future-proofing urban landscapes. More here.

We may soon follow the Europeans and plant hardy olive trees in public spaces ...
Vic: food processing funding
The Future Industries Manufacturing Program offers funding of up to $500,000 to companies to implement new manufacturing technologies and processes in their Victorian operations. Ongoing. More here.
Need workers? Call the Harvest Trail
The National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS) is a no-cost service to assist horticulture businesses find seasonal labour. Vacancies are advertised nationally on the government’s Harvest Trail website, as well as social media, with a trained consultant monitoring responses to a toll-free 1800 number and identifying those who fit your criteria. Suitable callers are then referred to growers via phone or email.  More information here or call the NHLIS on 1800 062 332.
2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition – registrations open soon
Collective learning is the focus of this year’s AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, being held in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on 18-20 October. The packed program of plenary and field sessions aims to provide information and skills on a broad range of topics, relevant to people at different stages and with varying business operations, with valuable practical take-homes for all participants.
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 -
Registrations open soon –
NSW IPDM Field Days – last chance to register. Be there and protect YOUR grove
This weekend is the last chance to register 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. Bookings close 6/8/18. 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!
New Zealand
2018 ONZ Conference
The full program and registration form for the 2018 Olives NZ Conference are now available on the ONZ website. The Conference is being held in Masterton on Saturday, 13 October, with the NZ EVOO Awards Dinner held that evening at the same venue and followed by a Field Day at Leafyridge Olive Grove on the Sunday.
Final registrations are required by Friday, 28 September, however the special accommodation rate applies only to bookings made before Friday, 14 September. Download the conference pack here.
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!
A drone collecting data in an Elaia-owned olive grove in Portugal. The company focused on state-of-the-art harvesting technology, and it is now thriving. Credit: Rodrigo Cardoso for The New York Times.
Ramón Rivera had barely gotten his olive oil business started in the sun-swept Alentejo region of Portugal when Europe’s debt crisis struck. The economy crumbled, wages were cut, and unemployment doubled. The government in Lisbon had to accept a humiliating international bailout.

Read through to the info on Elaia’s high-tech operations.
Although there’s no cure for arthritis, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation and joint pain, which in turn helps ease the pain many people live with on a daily basis.

One is, of course, olive oil – and the related caption says it all!
Mounir and Zohra Boussetta (Isabel Putinja).
Tunisian producers are exploring how olives, one of the country's biggest natural resources, can potentially lure a new kind of tourist.

and …
Tours and tastings at olive oil estates and wineries are a popular part of any trip to Italy, but why visit for only an hour or two when you can spend the night? Several of these estates throughout the country hope to attract overnight guests with new accommodations and a lineup of activities.

Olive oil tourism is a growing trend. Thinking of value-adding to your business? 
26-Jul-2018 By Niamh Michail 

Can on-trend oils such as coconut compete with olive oil? Is butter really back? And as sales fall in its biggest markets, does margarine have a future in Europe? We take a look at the different oils on offer and their perceived healthiness. 
Colive Oil is not a spelling mistake, and it’s pronounced co-live; as in co-living, co-operation, and co-existence. The first olive oil made from fruit from both north and south of the divide, this is a premium product with a social mission, explains founder and CEO Hasan Siber.
The National Interbranch Olive Oil Association unveiled a strategy to create a stable environment and boost exports.
In order to convert marginal land of Potohar region into productive olive groves, government is providing two million olive plants free of cost to the farmers, in Chakwal, Attock, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Khushab and Mianwali areas for establishing olive orchards on scientific lines, said officials.

Plus 60-70% water-related subsidies. That’s one supportive government!
What's On

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

16-21 September - Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere - Cape Town, South Africa

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

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

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

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