Friday 22 February 2019

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The Orange Vests movement organized a demonstration in Rome to ask the government ad hoc measures for the Apulian and national olive oil sector.
Labor has announced plans to fund drought support, should it form government at the 2019 election. (ABC News: Jordan Hayne)
The Opposition will not back legislation to establish the Coalition's Future Drought Fund, labelling it a "Nationals slush fund". Instead Labor says it would fund a drought response through a different funding model, if elected.
Help improve ABS survey processes
Deakin University is undertaking research on behalf of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to provide advice on the improved collection of agricultural information. Of particular interest is an understanding of farm owner’s/manager’s experience in the completion of the 2016 ABS Agricultural Census and more recent ABS surveys, and input from growers from Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
This research aims to improve the relevance and quality of agricultural data and reduce the burden on farm businesses completing the ABS Agriculture Census and surveys. Results from the research will influence the development of the 2021 Agricultural Census program.
Grower input involves a confidential telephone interview with researchers from Deakin University. The session takes 30-45 minutes and a mix of times are available.
To take part, or for more information, contact Deakin University Research Fellow Rose Elphick-Darling on 03 9246 8810 or
Stepping out: people entering vineyards for Forage will be required to stand in water baths for one minute. Photo: Danielle Cetinski.
Tough measures including making all people attending the key FOOD Week event Forage stand in a water bath for one minute have been introduced amid biosecurity fears. People will also be asked not to wear any clothing they have worn while visiting a vineyard, particularly in Victoria, in the past seven days.

A positive trend – and a topic all growers need to think about in our efforts to protect our industry from the threat of Xylella fastidiosa.
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 Andrew, who’s looking for food grade EVOO for high quality soap making. 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 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

The State Government has declared war on the Loxton Queensland fruit fly outbreak with the release of millions of sterile flies beginning this week in a major assault to get rid of the pest. The on-ground attack in the outbreak area at Loxton will involve release of sterile flies produced at the Port Augusta based National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facility.

While not a major pest for our industry, fruit fly does cause damage to olive fruit, so all control measures are good news.
20-Feb-2019 By Amanda Lim 

Australian natural beauty brand Olieve & Olie is looking to expand overseas and is setting its sights on the Chinese market, on the back of rising demand from tourists.

Read down to the comment about the Chinese demand for ‘Australian grown’ and ‘high-quality’.
Hort Innovation's strategy consultation workshops continue – don't miss a workshop in your region!
Make sure you get along to one of the remaining workshops to share your ideas and insights how Hort Innovation can support better alignment between the needs of the sector as a whole and the strategic direction of the company. 
Find out more about the Hort Innovation Strategic Plan stakeholder consultation, and find a workshop in your region, here.
2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show
Dates have been announced for this year’s Hunter Valley Olive Show, as follows:
Closing date for entries: Friday, 4 October
Show judging: Saturday, 26 October
Awards presentation: Thursday, 14 November
Full details and download entry forms on the HOA website:
Olives SA Tasting Course – last places left, book now!
Olives South Australia are holding an EVOO Tasting Course, providing refresher or entry-level training led by master blender Trudie Michels. The course is open to growers, retailers and other industry members, and interested consumers are also welcome to attend.

Where: Royal Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville
When: Sunday, 24 February 2019 - 9.00am for 9.30am start to 12.30pm
Cost: $40 per person, including light lunch
RSVP to Michael Johnston on 0419 815 839 by 5pm on Friday, 15 February.
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop

The AOA is running an Olive Oil Processing Workshop in April, being held at Boort, Victoria. The comprehensive two-day course covers every aspect of processing quality from the grove to the laboratory, and combines the expertise of international processing consultant Pablo Canamasas and award-winning producers Peter and Marlies Eicher of Salute Oliva. 

What: AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop
When: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April 2019
Where: Boort (Boort Resource & Information Centre/BRIC and Salute Oliva); Accommodation at Boort Lakes Holiday Park.

Registrations are now open, so BOOK NOW – places are limited and this is one course you don’t want to miss! More information and register here.

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.
New Zealand
Olives NZ Annual General Meeting

The New Zealand AGM will be held on Saturday, 23 March at the Carterton Events Centre, Carterton.
Final date for receipt of remits is 22 February, with voting papers for remits issued to all members by 25 February and AGM Agenda and papers to all members by 8 March.  The AGM is preceded by the Wairarapa Focus Grove Field Day on Friday, 22 March and will be followed by a shared lunch at the Swan Hotel, Greytown. Cost is $40pp: please pre-book by March 8 with the Executive Officer –
The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, at Leafyridge Olives in Gladstone. Photo: Gianina Schwanecke.
In supermarkets across Europe you’ll find New Zealand grown beef and lamb, kiwi wines, dairy products and New Zealand-produced olive oil. Nestled among rows of freshly-pruned olive trees outside Gladstone on Friday, members of a European Union trade delegation made their way through one of Wairarapa’s largest olive groves as part of a national tour of New Zealand agricultural and horticultural producers.

Researchers at Auburn University have found that a compound in extra virgin olive oil might be valuable for helping prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Olive oil and the Mediterranean Diet took center stage at the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives 2019 event in California. Organized by the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, it is held annually in Napa Valley and brings together doctors, nutritionists, nurses, chefs and other healthcare professionals.

The Olive Wellness Institute is doing great work like this with health professionals in Australia. Find out more here .

Olive oil is on the rise in Spain’s Canary Islands. Over the past decade, olive grove surface area grew by 243%, increasing from 254 acres in 2011 to 872 acres in 2017.

Of interest is the strong focus on regional and varietal traits, increasingly becoming a marketing tool for our industry.
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.
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As consumers around the world become more familiar with extra virgin olive oil and its many health benefits, Spanish olive oil producers are watching their revenues rise. In fact, over the last decade, they have doubled to 12 million euros, according to
They look great, but do they taste great? Five experts looked into it. Photo: Melissa Hom.
As with all things in life, it is now possible to buy olive oil that’s optimized for Instagram. New companies with an emphasis on high-design bottles have flooded the market with oils that, yes, can be added to a vinaigrette, but that will also look great sitting on your countertop. While these bottles are undoubtedly pretty, Grub Street wanted to know if the olive oils inside were actually any good.

Why we need to continue educating consumers that it’s what’s IN the bottle that counts!

As reported by FORTUNE online, Italy’s olive growers this year were hit hard by an early cold snap and freak rains, an insect-transmitted bacterium. With artisanal varieties commanding upwards of $50 a bottle, olive oil can be considered a luxury item. And now bad weather conditions affecting olive harvests may push the prices even higher.

The total yield in all types of southern fruit and olives increased in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018 compared to the previous year. According to data from the Agency for Statistics of BiH, the production of figs in 2018 was 893.5 tons (11.6 kg per tree), which is 31.8 percent higher than in the previous year.
At the same time, yield of olives was more than doubled and in 2018 it was 610.3 tonnes or 9.4 kg per tree.

Good to see a report of increased yield among those of harvests lost.
What's On

23 February
Hunter Olive Association Field Day – Broke, NSW

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
Deadline for entries, OLIVE JAPAN 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

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

16-17 April
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop – Boort, Vic

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

19-24 July
OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

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

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

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