Friday 01 February 2019

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Today's Top Story

As the world begins to confront the sheer scale of toxic plastic waste, a replacement could come from an unlikely – and tasty – source.

They produce 3.5T of bioplastic from 5T of olive waste – impressive!
Thinking of Tassie growers

Our thoughts are with Tassie olive growers, a number of whom are frighteningly close to the ongoing fires burning across the state – some groves within 5km. The AOA and FOE teams send their hopes, prayers and best wishes for a positive outcome, with control of the fires and all of our industry colleagues’ families and groves staying safe.
Rainfall totals that have a 75% chance of occurring for February to April. Released by the BoM on January 17.
The Bureau of Meteorology has downgraded its ENSO Outlook to "El Niño Watch" meaning the chance of an El Niño forming this year is 50%, or roughly double the normal likelihood.
The Outlook was previously at "El Niño Alert", meaning there was a 70% chance of formation.

14-Jan-2019 By Amanda Lim 

Australian farm Green Olive at Red Hill is aiming to bring the wholesome goodness of farm life to Asian beauty in the form of their farm-grown range of olive oil body care products. 

Great promo for EVOO and Australian products.
If you want to be healthier in 2019, you may want to consider the Mediterranean diet. The US News and World Report ranked the Mediterranean diet as the best diet for 2019, and it’s not hard to see why: it’s accessible, sustainable, and not restrictive. The diet has a focus on plant-based foods, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and fish. But while the Mediterranean diet isn’t a restrictive one, there are still some foods that are better to eat than others.

Business Insider tells readers that “Extra virgin olive oil is basically the basis” of this top-ranking diet – great stuff!

Question: Is olive oil good for you?
Answer: A beloved pantry staple acquired from pressed whole olives and rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, olive oil is one of the healthiest oils going according to the Dieticians Association of Australia. Actually, the list of olive oil benefits are as long as your arm.

New Idea’s getting the word out too …
Got something to sell, or want to buy? You can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. 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. Like Penny, who’s selling table olive production equipment. 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
Not long until WA IPDM Field Days: register NOW and protect YOUR grove
The AOA’s program of IPDM Field Days has been a huge success, with enthusiastic feedback about the wealth of information shared – especially the practical take-homes in terms of pest and disease identification. Victoria is hosting two more Field Days today and on Sunday (registrations closed), and registrations are still open for the final two events in Western Australia. Details are:

Western Australia
  • Friday, February 15 - New Norcia: New Norcia Benedictine Community, New Norcia. Click here to see the program and register.
  • Sunday, February 17 - Margaret River: Olio Bello Olive Grove, Cowaramup. Click here to see program and to register.

The Field Days are part of the national program in the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). Organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University, the sessions explore IPDM extension services, focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose management.

Vital information from industry experts combines with the opportunity to share issues and experiences with other grove owners, making these “must do” events for EVERY GROWER. 

More information, registrations and view the full program here.

The European Union will begin legal action at the World Trade Organization this week against US duties imposed on Spanish olives, EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday.
The tax has been forcing olive oil producers to sell down their stocks as quickly as possible and dampening the optimism that had previously been palpable in the sector.

17-Jan-2019 By Katy Askew 

The EAT-Lancet Commission has issued the world’s first scientific targets for a healthy diet that places food production within planetary boundaries, calling for reduced consumption of animal protein, ultra-processed food and added sugar. 

One change noted is “… increasing the amount of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids and reducing consumption of saturated fats”.
A new report released by a Spanish university indicated that a number of factors are contributing to the decrease in local consumption and predicted that it may not recover.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With the new year now upon us,  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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

Morocco’s mountain people have grown olive trees since ancient times, but unstable weather due to climate change has recently placed that heritage in jeopardy. Growing olives in agroforestry systems, where olive, fig and carob trees prevent erosion and provide cover for vegetable, fruit and herb plants that grow below, has provided better harvests for a group of women’s co-operatives.

Olive groves have lost a lot of their biodiversity, but according to new findings of a study in Andalusia, there still are opportunities for recovery.
After years of decline and neglect, olive farming and oil production are making a comeback in the historic Greek region.

As is organic production …

Small-scale Greek producers are taking a gamble that the risk of investing in organic olive oil production will pay off. Some say Greece has the ideal conditions in which to do so.

Culinary Zinema, the film and food section of San Sebastián’s Film Festival, served as tasty stage for the première of “Jaén, Virgin & Extra,” a new documentary film about olive oil that wants to share the spirit and culture surrounding olive cultivation and oil production in this Spanish province, the largest olive oil-producing region in the world.
What's On
1 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Wangaratta region, Vic

3 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Mornington Peninsula, Vic

15 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – New Norcia, WA

17 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Margaret River, WA

17-21 February - FIAL at Gulfood - Dubai, UAE

18-26 March
Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days – various regions, NZ

23 March - Olives New Zealand 2019 Annual General Meeting – Carterton

25 March 25
Closing date for entries, 2019 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – Tokyo, Japan

1 April
Closing date for entries, Oil China Competition 2019 - Beijing China

5-10 May – New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

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

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

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