10 May 2019

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Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food has reported that olive oil production reached 1.77 million tons for the first half of the 2018/19 campaign - a record figure. This marks a 43% increase for the same period in 2017/18 and 49% higher than the average yields of the last four campaign.

Olive harvest is under way for major producer Boundary Bend, which is confident yield will be up on last year. “Crop quality this year has been excellent, and we are predicting to produce in excess of 10 million litres of olive oil,” Boundary Bend Olives horticulture manager Ruth Sutherland said.

Record temperatures, devastating storms and drought-related pest infestations have prompted the apple and pear industry to call for a government-subsidised National Netting Program.
Led by APAL, state members, federal members, and candidates are being lobbied to: 
• establish a national netting grant program;
• introduce accelerated depreciation for netting;
• improved ease and accessibility of low-interest loans; and to
• ensure the Future Drought Fund, or a similar program, is accessible to the horticulture industry.

Netting has proven cost-positive for some small growers and we deal with the same issues - bird/critter, frost and hail damage – so it would be great if the program went horticulture-wide.
Riverland growers want to ensure the region keeps its pest-free status. (ABC Riverland: Sowaibah Hanifie)
The cost of a recent fruit fly outbreak in South Australia's Riverland has been estimated by the State Government at $1.7 million, but growers want people to know the cost will be much higher if travellers continue to bring fruit into the region.

A good look at the need for community-wide education around biosecurity - those same travellers could bring Xylella to Australia.
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Applications are now open for the 2019 SA Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards, which recognise and celebrate individuals and businesses in the industry who demonstrate vision, leadership and innovation. 
Acccess full details on the awards and how to enter here or for help from the experts – the awards judges - register for the Application Information Session on Wednesday 5 June via contact@safoodawards.com.au or ph: 8303 9435.
OSA course takes consumers from the grove to the table
Olives South Australia is continuing its ongoing program of consumer/aficionado olive courses run through WEA (Workers Education Association) Adult Learning. The next for this year will be ‘From The Grove To Your Table’, presented by South Australian chef and food personality Rosa Matto and encompassing both table olives and EVOO. 
Details: Sunday, 19 May 2019 from 11am-1pm – Class #97010. Enrolments via the WEA website here.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for Adelaide, 24 May
Learn how to recognise the diverse flavour, aroma and taste attributes of Australian EVOO and table olives, and what sets the award winners apart from the rest, at a series of national sensory training workshops being run by NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Science Researcher Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay and OliveCare® administrator Peter McFarlane. The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more. The workshop will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives. 
Cost is $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers, including post workshop dinner. 
The first event is being held in South Australia on 24 May at the University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Urrbrae. Access more information and register here, where you’ll also find the full workshop schedule.
Soil Biology Masterclass 2019
Western Sydney University is running a 2‐day soil biology masterclass, providing the core knowledge and principles to assist in incorporating soil biology and health in management practices to sustainably increase productivity and profitability. Targeted towards both growers and consultants/agronomists, attendees will gain an in‐depth understanding of:
  • the latest research in soil biology and health
  • the role of microbes in nutrient cycling and plant interactions
  • roles of soil fauna and practical methods for improving soil health.
Details: 30-31 July 2019 - Hawkesbury Campus, Western Sydney University, Richmond NSW. Limited positions are available – more information and book here.
Royal Adelaide Olive Awards

Dates have been announced for the 2019 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards, run by Olives South Australia in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia. 
Closing date for entries is Friday, 2 August with judging on Saturday, 10 August. Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 20 August at the Kooyonga Golf Club. 
Enter online through the Royal Adelaide Show website.

Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill creating the Texas Olive Oil Advisory Board. The bill easily passed through both the Texas Senate and the House of Representatives earlier this year, receiving bipartisan support in both.

One aim in creating the board is to access agricultural grants, for projects including “the implementation and enforcement of quality standards”. The movement continues.

26-Apr-2019 By Katy Askew 

The debate over front-of-pack nutritional labelling is intensifying in Germany after the country’s consumer watchdog slammed an industry-backed labelling scheme and the Hamburg Regional Court ordered Iglo to remove NutriScore from its products. 

It seems we’re not the only country where nutritional labelling doesn’t necessarily work.
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When Lee James was in high school, his father suffered a heart attack. The doctor recommended the elder James do a better job of managing his diet, so the family started including more olive oil in their daily meals.

Another olive oil store, you say … but their attitude towards quality and freshness is impressive!

06-May-2019 By Flora Southey 

Are those carrots truly organic? Does this saffron really originate from Spain? Researchers in Portugal are helping authorities test food authenticity and safety through the use of ‘food fingerprints’. 

Coldiretti, the association of farmers in Italy, presented an analysis to the Italian government indicating that 100,000 jobs have been lost in the olive oil supply chain in the country as adverse weather and Xylella fastidiosa crippled the country’s olive oil yield.

01-May-2019 By Mary Ellen Shoup 

The term 'local' is important to consumers when making grocery purchases, but shoppers' definition of a local product is on a sliding scale (depending on the category) ranging from being produced within the same city to thousands of miles away across the country, according to Nielsen market research. 
What's On

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

10 May
Winners announced, 2019 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

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

14 May
Olive Wellness Institute Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Lara, Victoria

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

19 May
Olives SA/WEA course ‘From The Grove To Your Table’ – Adelaide, SA 

24 May
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Urrbrae, SA

14 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Geelong, VIC

16 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, VIC

16 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wagga Wagga, NSW

30-31 July
Western Sydney University Soil Biology Masterclass – Richmond, NSW 

1 July 
Entries open, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

12 July
Entries close, 2019 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards – Hobart, Tasmania

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

2 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA 

20 August
Royal Adelaide Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Lockleys, SA 

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

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

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

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

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