Friday 18 January 2019

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Today's Top Story

09-Jan-2019 By Katy Askew

2019 is expected to be an important year for the sustainable food industry. Buoyed by the rising tide of concern over health, authenticity and environmentalism, European sales of sustainable foods are forecast to grow over the coming 12 months.

Plant-based, organic (some), local sourcing, no plastic packaging … EVOO fits four out of the five trends!
Would you know if a phoenix operator was trying to rip off your business? Know the signs and protect yourself. Illegal phoenix activity is when a new company is created to continue the business of a company that has been deliberately liquidated to avoid paying its debts, including taxes, creditors and employee entitlements. This illegal phoenix activity impacts the business community, employees, contractors and the government. Read more here.
Image: iStock; Source:BodyAndSoul
For a long time, extra virgin olive oil has been acclaimed as one of the healthiest oils to have in your pantry thanks to its beneficial fatty acid profile, antioxidant content and well-documented health benefits. But, fast forward to 2019 and coconut oil is being touted as the best choice by countless self-proclaimed wellness gurus and Instagram celebs. So, if you’re confused about which fat is best, here's my take on it.

Factual, user-friendly information – and promotes olive oil’s “relatively high smoke point”!
Dijana needs a 500L tank, so she’s gone directly to her target market
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. 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 – like Dijana, who’s currently looking to buy a 500 litre stainless steel conical tank.

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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Not long until Vic and WA IPDM Field Days: be there and protect YOUR grove.
The AOA’s program of IPDM Field Days has been a huge success, with enthusiastic feedback about the wealth of information shared – the practical take-homes in terms of pest and disease identification in particular. Registration is open for the remaining Field Days, being held in February 2019 in Victoria and Western Australia, with details of the Mornington Peninsula event now finalised:


Western Australia

The Field Days are part of the national program in the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). Organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University, the sessions explore IPDM extension services, focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose management. 

Vital information from industry experts combines with the opportunity to share issues and experiences with other grove owners, making these “must do” events for EVERY GROWER .

More information, registrations and view the full program here. Videos of the Roseworthy Field Day are also available online here.
Risk insurance preparation rebate
The Managing Farm Risk Programme provides one-off rebates for 50%, up to a maximum of $2 500 (GST exclusive), to prepare and apply for a new insurance policy to assist with drought and other production/market risks (but not for insurance policy premiums). Application deadline is 31 May 2019. For more information call 1800 837 857 or email
New Zealand
PJ Warren and his partner manage a small olive grove near Whanganui. Photo: Lewis Gardner.
A small Whanganui farm neglected for years is producing olive oil from trees originally planted for decoration. The 3.5ha block bordering the Upokongaro Stream and between the new and old Parapara roads is owned by PJ Warren and his mother, Maureen. It was neglected while Warren was working overseas as a teacher. On his return in early 2014 only a few of the original 500 olive trees were left alive. 
Final round of Focus Grove Field Days – don’t miss out!
The final round of Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days is being held in March. These events provide the opportunity for hands-on learning and information sharing on all aspects of grove managements, so don’t miss out! Dates and locations are as follows:
  • Monday 18 - Hawke’s Bay
  • Tuesday 19 - Northland
  • Friday 22 - Wairarapa (followed by AGM, Saturday 23)
  • Monday 25 - Canterbury
  • Tuesday 26 – Nelson.
More information on the Focus Grove Project here.
Situated in the northeast of Andalusia, Jaén is primarily known for two things: housing the Holy Veil and as the world capital of olive oil. Local producers hope to take advantage of the latter and turn the province into an oleotourism hub.

09-Jan-2019 By Flora Southey 

The European Union is investing in ‘future proof’ crop research to help increase agricultural yields, encourage optimal use of water and minerals, and secure food supply for the future. 

By 2030, the European Commission estimates that production and exports will rise from the major olive oil-producing EU countries, but consumption will sink as prices rise and lifestyles change.
Extreme weather conditions led the California Olive Ranch in Chico, Calif., to take the unusual step of making a line of California extra-virgin olive oils blended with oils from other countries. The Destination Series - Everyday, Mild & Buttery and Rich & Robust - was created to convey the same flavor profiles as the company’s previous 100 percent California oils, which had the same names as these new blends.

Even as some predict Turkey could become the world’s second largest olive oil producer, the country’s changing climate is forcing olive farmers and producers to do things they have never needed to do before.

Italia Olivicola is a new national consortium that brings together more than 250,000 olive growers organized into 57 organizations of producers from 15 regions, corresponding to 50 percent of the national sector, with a €54 million annual turnover.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With the new year now upon us,  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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

Homemade olive oil is an incredibly valuable product for anybody. Its uniqueness lies not only in the exceptional benefits of natural components but also in the positive energy that is transmitted by the oily substance when it comes in contact with the living heat of human hands, and not with soulless mechanisms. Next, we will tell you about how to make olive oil at home with ease and pleasure. 

Just in case your press breaks down during harvest …

If you've decided to commit to the Mediterranean diet, you're probably not going to eat dessert every day, but you have to live. And to us, living means eating the sweet stuff on occasion. If you've ever sunk your teeth into a forkful of lemon cake or a fudgy brownie, then you know what's up. 

A collection of great recipes which promote “swapping out butter for olive oil”.
In a small town in the heart of Spanish olive country, an age-old byproduct is finding a brand new use. Paninos, which is based in Benamejí, Córdoba, has launched an initiative to use olive stones in new and innovative ways. The company takes these stones and transforms them into furniture, including bathroom and kitchen counter tops.
What's On
1 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Wangaratta region, Vic

3 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Mornington Peninsula, Vic

15 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – New Norcia, WA

18-26 March
Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days – various regions, NZ

17 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Margaret River, WA

17-21 February - FIAL at Gulfood - Dubai, UAE

23 March - Olives New Zealand 2019 Annual General Meeting – Carterton

25 March 25
Closing date for entries, 2019 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – Tokyo, Japan

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

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

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

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