Friday 10 November 2017

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Retail olive oil prices in Spain are expected to rise due to a production decrease of 15.8% in Andalucia as a result of the droughts that affected the region this year.
Branching out: Velvet and Don Heater at their Bellarine Peninsula block where they continue to grow prize-winning olives, including champion in the mild class 1 category at this year’s Australian International Olive Awards. Picture: Andy Rogers
Velvet and Don Heater planted 500 olive trees in 2004 at Curlewis, then proceeded to pull 200 out nine years later.

More great coverage of Australian International Olive Awards winners.
Think you know what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to healthy eating? It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that fried food is out and wholegrains are in if you’re searching for a diet that’ll keep you feeling good and looking trim.

Head down to the “take home message” under the header Spray Oil for a gem of wisdom!
New chemical permit for olive use
The following permit has been issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA):
Please note that the APVMA has approved the permit extension covering the application of dimethoate to olives for oil production only. Dimethoate is a Group 1B insecticide and must be applied in accordance with the permit conditions, and used in rotation with other approved pesticides as a resistance management strategy.
A copy of the permit is can be downloaded at . A full list of approved chemicals for use on olives is available on the AOA website at:
How’s your mental health?
Life gets tough sometimes, and depression and other mental health issues affect many of us at one time or another – in fact, right now three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. But help is hand, with a range of mental health services available for Australians to access help at any time of day. 
The Black Dog Institute’s website holds a wealth of information on a range of topics, including: mental health and wellbeing; self-tests for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder; e-mental health tools; getting help and helping others; webinars and community presentations; how to obtain a referral for its assessment clinic; and telehealth services.
And beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Take a look or call the beyondblue Support Service 1300 22 4636 for support and advice.

If you need emergency assistance, please contact 000 (Aust) or 111 (NZ).
Olives WA talks All About Olives
Olives WA is holding an event all about olives, aimed to stimulate and educate on: growing, harvesting and preserving olives; tasting and producing olive oil and olive leaf tea; the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet; and the use of olive oil and table olives in meal preparation. The conference fee includes an authentic Mediterranean luncheon, refreshments, and the opportunity to taste award-winning Australian EVOOs.
Date: Saturday, 25 November, 9am-5pm
Venue: Castellorizian House, 160 Anzac Road, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016
Cost: $100, includes lunch and summary
More info: Karen Sanders on 0422 746 672 or
Horticulture scholarships for women
Current and emerging women leaders in the horticulture industry are sought for a leadership development scholarship opportunity valued at up to $5470. Funded by Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia (WLA), the grants cover up to 60% of the cost of WLA's 18-week Accelerated Leadership Performance Program and seven-month Executive Ready program. More information here .
Export grants from Austrade
Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme provides financial assistance for aspiring and current exporters across a wide range of industries. Administered by Austrade, the scheme reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses over $5K where total expenses are at least $15K. More information and apply here .
29-Sep-2017 By Emma Cash
The health benefits of polyphenols have been examined by a new review study, in which their impact on gut microbiota is the main focus.
Malta's olives are famous the world over. Towns are named after the glorious olive fruit, and the oil that it produces is central to the Mediterranean diet. Maltese olives are robust and resistant. While about ten cultivars can be found in Malta, only four can be called endemic - the Bidni, the Malti, the Maltese wild oleaster, and the White Olive or ‘Perla Maltese’.
A lawsuit filed last year by the North American Olive Oil Association against the distributor to specialty shops was dismissed after the court found that "standing had not been established."
Serena Gonnelli, owner, at Olivia
Extra virgin olive oil is the lifeblood of most any Tuscan dish worth its salt. Yet outside of dedicated tastings - or haphazard drizzling on bread between courses - it’s often overlooked in dining table conversation. At Olivia in the heart of the Oltrarno, however, it’s front and center …

What we love most about Olivia is the emphasis on the positive difference EVOO make to frying. May the word spread far and wide!
31-Oct-2017 By Katy Askew
The French government signed a decree backing the voluntary adoption of the 'Nutri-Score' front-of-pack nutritional labelling scheme today (31 October).
25-Sep-2017 By Katy Askew
European shoppers are increasingly accessing information on products, promotions and prices via their smartphones, according to new research. 

One thing they’re looking for is product usage – can we point them in the direction of the Everyday website?
What's On

10-11 November - Olive Oil Sensory Master Course – Geelong, Vic

11 November – GSOGA/Olives Victoria Fresh & Local event – Abbotsford, Victoria

17 November - Awards Presentation, Hunter Olive Show - Hunter Valley, NSW n.a u

25 No vem ber – Olives WA All About Olives Conference – Mt Hawthorn, WA

28 November  – Australian Olive Association AGM – West Lakes, SA

30 November – Olives South Australia AGM – Wayville, SA

March - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

19-23 March – IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course - Barcelona, Spain

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