31January 2020

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Today's Top Story
Olive trees removed by TAP waiting to be replanted.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline said the company is confident ahead of the upcoming trial. Replanting of the olive trees at issue in the trial is scheduled to begin in February.
Welcome rainfall in the past week raised month-to-date totals above January averages in parts of central and eastern Victoria. 

There’s more currently falling or forecast across a number of regions – we hope all our FOE readers get some of it. 
And while we’re on the topic of water …
BILL DELAYED: NSW Senator Perin Davey said she had originally hoped to introduce the water sharing bill in February, but it would be delayed to allow for further consultation.

The head of a trio of National Party MPs seeking the release of more environmental water to irrigators has said the group is taking a cautious approach to the issue.
VFF stock care support
While the majority of Australian olive groves have made it through the fires unscathed, a number have sustained damage and some of those are part of mixed farming operations. That brings the ongoing issue of how to feed stock, so the VFF is co-ordinating a fodder relief and agistment program for the Gippsland and Upper Murray fire regions. This is a government-supported activity which includes reimbursement for freight costs for the transport of donated fodder. 
More information for both those needing assistance and those wanting to assist with donations of fodder and agistment can be found here.
Australia's severe drought has caused rivers to dry out in New South Wales.

In spite of a record drought and devastating bush fires, some large Australian producers are expecting close to an average production and high-quality oils in 2020.

Great international recognition of our quality EVOO and dedicated producers.
Need equipment but can’t find it? Or prefer a ‘pre-loved’ model? Or maybe you’ve got something you’ve loved/used but now don’t need. Either way, you can reach your target market - olive growers and producers - through the OliveBiz Classifieds
The Olivebiz Classifieds is 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. 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.

27-Jan-2020 By Pearly Neo

The Australian bushfire crisis has caused the death of almost 30 people, countless animals and scorched millions of acres of land. In response to the tragedy, food, nutrition and beauty companies in the country, big and small, have been trying to play their part in making things better.

We’re all cynical about big business but …
Apply today for agricultural export grants
Applications are currently invited for Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) Program grants. Part of the Australian Government’s commitment to modernise agricultural trade and grow agricultural exports, the grants aim to assist Australian industries in breaking down technical barriers to trade for Australian agricultural exports, and to secure new and improved access to premium markets.
Applications close tonight, so if you’re looking at exporting, get moving now. More information and apply here.
National table olive workshops with Linda Costa
Following outstanding attendee feedback from her presentations at the 2018 and 2019 National Olive Industry Conferences, South African expert Linda Costa is returning to Australia for a National Table Olive Workshop Tour.
Working with the AOA, Costa will deliver a full day program in major production regions across the country covering all aspects of table olive production and marketing, from varietal options and processing methods to food safety and consumer demand.
The schedule is shown below and you’ll find more information, including the draft program, on the OliveBiz website  here.
Don’t miss out! Registration for all workshops is now open and numbers for each are limited, so  register now to secure your place.

The National Table Olive Workshops 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.
TasteBook ® “mega-round” 6 & 7 - Registrations close 7 February
TasteBook® Rounds 6 and 7 have been combined into one 'mega round' focusing on both Kalamata table olives and flavoured oil, offering a veritable ‘feast for the senses’. 
Participants will receive two packs of four Kalamata table olives samples and four bottles of flavoured oils, all from top Australian producers, providing a mega-tasting and learning experience in one delivery. 
The sample kits will be sent from 28 January to 15 February 2020, with surveys to be completed by 29 February. Both TasteBook® rounds are included in the cost of $40 levy payers, $50 non-levy payers and international participants.
Register by 7 February here.

More information on the Sensory Workshops here and TasteBook® program here, or contact Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay on 0409 283 581 or soumi.paul.mukhopadhyay@dpi.nsw.gov.au.
New Zealand
Reminder: Olives NZ expert courses 

Olives New Zealand is running two interactive courses in April 2020, both being presented by eminent international olive industry experts:
Processing Practices with international industry consultant Pablo Canamasas – 14/15 April: Day 1 - theory at the Auckland Airport Jet Park Hotel; Day 2 - practical demonstration at River Estate, Whitford. 
Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils with NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Research Scientist Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay - 15 April: Auckland Jet Park Hotel. *Note, now from 2-7pm, following the processing workshop. Will feature award-winning oils from both New Zealand and Australia.
For more information or to register your interest, email admin@olivesnz.org.nz.

It's a common misconception that just because something is natural, it's inherently good for you. Case in point: cane sugar. While most healthy eaters know to keep sugar in moderation, there's one all-natural food that is still commonly misunderstood: coconut oil.

The best line … “Think of it as an occasional ingredient rather than an everyday staple like olive oil.”

Europe expects olive oil consumption to increase mostly in non-producing countries and exports to grow in both traditional and new markets.
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!
ABC releases BAPB on olive oil
The American Botanical Countil AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has published a new Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin (BAPB) on olive (Olea europaea) oil. The goal of this bulletin is to provide general information about olive oil and current possible causes of adulteration, mislabeling, counterfeiting, and fraud of the product. One of the two authors is internationally-renowned Australian oil expert Dr Rod Mailer. Read the bulletin here.

The European Commission has approved the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) “Olio di Puglia,” which was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

27-Jan-2020 By Elaine Watson

US retail sales of olive oil slumped 7.1% in December 2019 vs December 2018 as tariffs on imported packaged Spanish olive oil imposed as part of the Airbus dispute prompted a significant drop-off in promotional activity, Nielsen data* shows. Unit sales were down 5.1% over the same period.
© Postira Tourist Board

Brač island's innovative Olive World Harvest Championships (pictured) has won the Creative Event Of The Year award at the FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair.

Great promotion of olives and olive oil, with a global reach.

21-Jan-2020 By Mary Ellen Shoup

Organic produce continues to be one of the strongest food product growth segments in the grocery channel, increasing at a much faster rate than conventional produce, according to a new report by the Organic Produce Network (OPN).

And we assume they’re dressing those salads with organic EVOO …

The third tendering period for European Union producers seeking private storage aid for olive oil has just opened. However, one Croatian olive oil official argues that the aid does not help producers in small countries.
Portugal has the potential to be the third-largest producer of olive oil in the next ten years, according to a study presented last month.
What's On

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

19 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Launceston, TAS

21 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Melbourne, VIC

23 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Adelaide, SA

25 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Hunter Valley, NSW

27 February
National Table Olive Workshop - ACT, NSW

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

1 March
National Table Olive Workshop – Perth, WA

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

April, dates TBC
AOA Processing Workshop – Boort, VIC

14-15 April 
Olives NZ Processing Practices Course – Auckland, NZ

15 April 
Olives NZ Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils Course – Auckland, NZ 

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

18 May
Registration closes, EVO IOOC 2020 – Palmi, Italy

15-17 June
Hort Connections – Brisbane, Qld

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

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

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

16-18 October
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

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

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