Friday 11 May 2018

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Today's Top Story
Recent research conducted by the Modern Olives Laboratory confirms that Australian EVOO is the safest and most stable oil to cook with. Canola oil, grapeseed oil and rice bran oil, were found to be the least stable and produced the highest level of polar compounds when heated. 
Key findings include:
  • smoke point does not predict an oil’s performance when heated
  • oxidative stability and UV coefficients are better predictors when combined with total level of polyunsaturated fats 
  • of all the oils tested, EVOO produced the lowest level of polar compounds
  • production of polar compounds was more pronounced for refined oils
  • EVOO was the most stable oil when heated, followed closely by other virgin oils
Read the full report here and access all the Olive Wellness Institute resources on the nutrition, health and wellness benefits of olives and olive products here.
Photo by Mickael Tournier on Unsplash
When it comes to gift ideas for new mums, it’s easy to go down the flowers and booties track, but what if you could give her a gift that keeps on giving? Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil – or AEVOO as we like to call it – is the perfect natural, healthy, multi-purpose gift, especially for new mums, and here’s why.

Great timely promotion of EVOO on the Australian Extra Virgin – Everyday – website. Share it with your social media connections and spread the word. Sure beats a new pair of slippers!
New Trade Mark Assist tool
Trade Mark Assist is a new tool developed by IP Australia, designed to guide businesses through the trade mark application process. Trade Mark Assist covers trade mark basics and helps you explore your proposed trade mark and identify common mistakes before you apply. 
Specifically, the tool can:   
  • discover if your proposed trade mark contains a word or phrase that may be difficult to register
  • identify the goods and services you wish to protect
  • search for existing trademarks that may be a problem
A plant-based Mediterranean diet can aid in the treatment of some common forms of cancer, according to research out of Brown University. Dr Mary Flynn, Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University, led the research. She spoke to 3AW Breakfast about her findings – listen here.
The olive season is in full swing at Varapodio Estate, with co-owner Joe Scopelliti closely monitoring the process in order to produce the finest oil. The award-winning company grows, crushes and bottles seven different olive varieties that are picked by hand and cold-pressed on the property.

Got something interesting happening in your grove or business? Touch base with your regional media – they love local news and it could get you great (free) promotion like this.
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can now reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our new 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. 
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, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO. 

To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
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It reduces inflammation and your waistline, plus your brain will thank you.

The best part is the “Dressing” section and the line: “He said that extra-virgin olive oil is the best dressing for your brain.
2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show (Olive Oil)
Dates have been announced for the 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition, as follows:
  • Entries open - 24 May 
  • Entries close - 22 June
  • Judging - 11 September 
  • Presentations - 21 September
More information here or contact the Fine Food Show Co-ordinator on 02 9704 1353 or
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27-Apr-2018 By Katy Askew 

European health campaigners and some MEPs argue the European Commission should take a joined up approach to its food, agriculture and health policy by linking farmer payments to the healthiness of the food they produce. 
Greek Food Corridors e-auctions in Greece: We are creating an e-auction platform for fruit, vegetables and olive oil and networking it with the production and consumption sites to enable farmers and growers to sell their produce in a co-ordinated and fair manner.
30-Apr-2018 By Joseph James Whitworth 

Food items linked to place of origin are economically and socially beneficial to rural areas, according to an FAO-EBRD study. 
Photo: David Escalante
Your day is about to get sweeter. Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller (of the French Laundry, Bouchon, Per Se) has crafted insanely delicious chocolate that you can actually feel good about eating.

One of the main reasons it’s good for you: he’s swapped cocoa butter for EVOO.
Al Jouf Agricultural Development Company has received a certificate of merit from The Guinness World Records as the largest modern olive plantation in the world.
When one traces the coasts of the Mediterranean there is one taste shared but not agreed upon: olive oil. Every single country around the Mediterranean coast uses olive oil, but each of them has its own variety, and, of course, each varietal performs differently in every other region.

Some interesting discussion about olive oil/food/wine pairing here.
Olive oil and algorithm have nothing in common per se but the latter is saving the first one as farmers are going high-tech. Soil maps, GPS guidance and drones are now basic tools for modern farmers that want to improve their lands’ productivity.

Don’t miss the feature on digital agriculture in Australia in the coming June edition of Olivegrower & Processor. Not a subscriber? You can do so here .
What's On

15 May - Soil Health and Water Use Field Day - Willow Creek, SA

24 May - Entries open, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW 

8-9 June - OLIVE JAPAN international trade show 2018 – Tokyo

22 June - Entries open, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

24-26 June - Fine Food New Zealand – Auckland, NZ

6 July - Invitation to Participate closes, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

July 16 – Entries open, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

August 17 – 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

September 5 – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

September 21 - 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 & NZ EVOO 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

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

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