22 May 2020

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Today's Top Story
Victorian producers shine at NYIOOC 2020

Australian producers have once again done the industry proud at the New York International Olive Oil Competition 2020, awarded a total of five Gold and six Silver medals. Interestingly, all of this year’s winning producers are from Victoria and all are AOA OliveCare® signatories.
The winners are:
Cape Schanck Olive Estate - 4 medals: Gold - Estate; Gold - Frantoio; Silver – Coratina; Silver – Picual.
Cobram Estate - 4 medals: Gold - Australia Select; Silver Reserve Hojiblanca; Silver - Reserve Picual; Silver - Robust Flavour Intensity.
Taralinga Estate - 2 medals: Gold – Robusto; Gold – Fruttato.
Grassy Spur - Silver – Coratina.
Heartiest congratulations to all from the AOA and Friday Olive Extracts teams. 
Search for faulty olive oils

AIOA Head Judge Shane Cummins has a strange request … he wants to buy faulty olive oil!
A number of associates have asked him to find and supply damaged oils, to be used for various research and education purposes, so he’s asked Friday Olive Extracts to put out a call to our readers.
He’s after oils displaying the following faults: 
  • frosted      
  • winey
  • musty
  • fusty      
  • muddy sediment
  • rancid - putty/linseed oil rather than stale nuts
He’s looking for oil with mild to strong defects, to be supplied in 20 litre quantities. Tasting samples will be required before ordering, and all communications will be confidential. 
Anyone with suitable oils is asked to contact Shane at wizardofolives@hotmail.com
Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster welcomed the participation of the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, along with local stakeholders in a ’round table’ teleconference to discuss the critically important issue of water and the Murray River, held this week. 
Sue Jones took a hit when restrictions prevented her from travelling to sell her beef. (Supplied: Sue Jones)

The closure of farmers' markets across Victoria has prompted the launch of a grassroots project to support farmers struggling to sell their produce.

Many olive producers have also been hit hard by the closures of markets, cafes and restaurants. You can read about how some have adapted and found new ways to sell their products in the June edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
Theo and Matt are both SELLING OLIVE EQUIPMENT and they’re letting olive producers know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Your circumstances have changed and you’ve got equipment you no longer need but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be ideal. Let them know about it through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source. 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 Theo, who has production and warehouse equipment for sale, and Matt, who’s selling a large OFM olive sorting machine. 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.
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 www.olivebiz.com.au/classifieds. To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at editor@olivegrower.com.au.
Free trade deal with Indonesia kicks off 5 July
Australian exporters will soon start reaping the benefits of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), with Australia receiving formal notification that Indonesia has completed its domestic ratification processes.
More information here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the fragility of our nation's supply chains and access to vital medical equipment and resources, according to experts from Deakin’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL).

Interesting discussion about the importance of more planning, training and resilience in our supply chains.
Farm biosecurity resources for farm workers in Australia
Plant Health Australia has developed a video, fact sheet and brochure aimed to educate the importance of understanding plant biosecurity for farm workers. They outline the simple things everyone working on farms in Australia can do to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases. 
The video is also available in Bislama, French, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Tetum, Tongan and Vietnamese, and can be viewed on the Farm Biosecurity YouTube channel here.
For more information and resources, visit the Australian Interstate Quarantine website.
$150 million NBN assistance for families and businesses

NBN Co will provide $150 million in financial relief to internet providers so they can assist Australian families and businesses in accessing the National Broadband Network (NBN) during COVID-19. 
$50 million is being made available to support small and medium businesses. Relief measures will include waiving wholesale monthly costs paid by internet providers for businesses facing COVID-19 related financial hardship, and providing internet providers with discounted access to new business-grade services until 31 January next year.
Find out more here.
Free Trade Agreements digital seminar: Supporting Australian exporters through COVID-19 
On 26 May at 11am EST the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will introduces a new 12-part series of interactive webcasts targeted at Australian exporters and businesses seeking to export. Hear about the current state of play, the importance of operating in a free trade environment, and learn about the financial support initiatives for exporters.
Register here.
Financial support for Australian exporters during COVID-19

A new $500 million capital facility has been established to assist Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Administered by Export Finance Australia, the facility will provide loans from $250,000 to $50 million to established and previously profitable exporters who, due to COVID-19, are unable to gain finance from commercial sources.
Find out more here.
Online Marketing webinars start next Tuesday, 26 May – register now!
The second series of AOA Productivity and Profitability Webinars starts next Tuesday, 26 May, covering key elements and insights for a successful on-line marketing business.
Guided by 2019 National Conference presenter Lauren Hamilton of Digital Narrative, the webinars are designed for those looking to set up an online presence and/or wanting to sharpen their online marketing skills. The series is especially timely for those who have had to adapt their sales models due to the COVID-19 induced collapse of food service and farmers markets around the country.
The webinar will be in Zoom meeting format and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter. 
Webinar 1: How to establish an online business
Topics covered will include:
  • different website options (Square, WP, Shopify)
  • selling online without a website
  • key ingredients for success when building a simple eCommerce website.
Details: Tuesday, 26 May, 12:30-13:30pm AEST – Free. Registrations close 15 May 4pm AEST. 

Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity to get your digital marketing sorted – register here https://olivebiz.com.au/webinar-registration-form/.

These webinars are part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL18000), 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

What does a Martinborough olive grove have in common with Ferrari, Chanel, Tiffani & Co., Audemars Piguet, S. T. Dupont, The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and some of the best products and services in the world? 
2020 Olives NZ AGM rescheduled

Following the cancellation of the AGM notified for 21 March due to COVID-19 restrictions, Olives NZ has rescheduled the event for this Sunday, 24 May 5-6pm, and by ZOOM online meeting system to enable as many to participate as possible.
A ZOOM link will be emailed to members providing ease of access to join the online meeting. Apologies previously notified will stand unless the member joins the rescheduled meeting.
Members can view papers for the AGM in the Members News section of the Olives NZ website. 
Wildfires ravaged northern Cyprus last weekend, destroying tens of thousands of acres of crops and forest. Olive growers and oil producers, already struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, are facing additional challenges in the aftermath of the blaze.

The health benefits of this diet are well known. Here are some tips to fit it into your lifestyle.

Topping the list of diet changes is … ‘add olive oil’. Great information with cred from the Harvard Medical School.

The EU Commission has approved the addition of a new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for olive oil produced in the Southern Spain region of Jaén.

It’s interesting that this PGI is more about the region than the cultivar, and applies to oil from both (designated) indigenous and non-indigenous varieties.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2020 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.
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  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

If you follow any of the Kardashians on social media, then you already know that the famous family is obsessed with olive oil cloud bombs from Little House Confections.

They also like olive oil cake, apparently. All good promo if it gets people switching to olive oil for baking …
What's On


26 May
AOA Webinar Series, Event #4 - Australia

1 June 
Deadline for entries, 15th China International Olive Oil Competition – Beijing, China

2 June
AOA Webinar Series, Event #5 - Australia

9 June
AOA Webinar Series, Event #6 - Australia

12 June
Closing date for entry EOI, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

1 July
Entries open, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

6 July
Closing date for samples, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

29 August
Results announced, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

4 September
Entries close, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

11 September 
Entries close, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

5 October
Results emailed to entrants, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

22 October
Awards Presentation, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW


16-17 February
evokeAG. – Perth, WA

23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

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