Friday 12 January 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
A new smart system for the bio-acoustic identification of the olive fruit fly has been unveiled at a technology conference.
Farmers call for political action on climate change
Farmers for Climate Action (FACA) are calling for politicians to stop ‘squabbling’ and act on climate change, with warnings of increasing incidences of extreme weather set to cause continuing disruption and damage to Australian food crops.
“It beggars belief that some political leaders are still denying or downplaying climate risks to Australian agriculture,” FACA CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said.
“Policy leadership and certainty are sorely needed so farmers can reap the rewards of the global shift to clean power. If you’re not prepared to lead, then please, get out of the way, and let us get on with the job ourselves.”
Farmers for Climate Action is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organisation of 2000 farmers and leaders in agriculture committed to tackling climate change. More information, and join, here.
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.
The first Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Friday Olive Extracts in 2018
We hope you’re all enjoying your weekly edition of Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox in an even more timely manner. THE place to share olive industry news and last-minute event reminders, the 2017 weekly format has been another great step forward for our increasingly popular industry e-newsletter, and we now have nearly 4000 subscribers across the globe. If you’re not one of them, you can sign up here.
Churchill Fellow and olive grower Peter Birch with the Colossus harvester that he first saw on his study tour in 2001.
Hort Innovation has joined forces with the Churchill Trust to offer three Churchill Fellowships annually, each valued at around $26,000. These offer Australians the opportunity to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that isn’t readily available here. The Fellowships are open to any horticulture industry participants, including olive growers, who have an idea for a research project that can benefit the sector. More information and apply here.
05-Jan-2018 By Joseph James Whitworth 

A study as part of the EU project FoodIntegrity is looking for perspectives on food integrity issues in companies or organizations supplying the European market. 

Part of a project aimed at detecting and preventing food fraud, the survey is open until mid-January.
Scholarships for Agriculture uni students
Applications for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship are now open for first year students studying an agriculture-related degree, and senior students studying financial services with an interest in agriculture.
The Scholarship provides a $5,000 bursary and professional development opportunities, along with industry work placements, access to industry leaders, professional development assistance, and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.
Applications close on 23 February. More information and the online application form  here.
The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the University of California, Davis campus
On January 17, a panel of experts will discuss the mechanisms of olive oil and their roles in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
Image: Mauro Colagreco
Olive Oil Times spoke with Mirazur's Mauro Colagreco.

… a chef who really appreciates olive oil as a feature ingredient. And he’s not alone …
Stefano Donaudy at Filodolio
At Filodolio – Cucina Extravergine, in the elegant Trieste neighborhood of Rome, extra virgin olive oil is the key ingredient and the star attraction on the menu.
05-Jan-2018 By Cheryl Tay
Components of the Mediterranean diet could provide a multi-component model for functional foods to combat type 2 diabetes, according to a recent review. 

One of the first components referenced for its ‘natural nutraceutical content’ is, of course, olive oil.
A study finds that periodic fertilization with nitrogen, phosphate and potassium decreases the alternate bearing pattern of olive trees.
08-Jan-2018 By RJ Whitehead 

Food companies in Taiwan that violate the law can now be closed immediately, following the introduction of new guidelines by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The new regulations include expired goods, so let’s hope this means Taiwan will benefit via less old, rancid oil in the food chain.
Olive oil is the go-to cooking oil for health freaks and those wanting to cook healthy and lose weight. Mostly everyone who has ever read about a diet or has looked up for healthy food recipes is familiar with olive oil and its heart-healthy properties.

What a great suggestion: if just 20% of Australians had a dose every day, imagine what it would do for AEVOO sales – and national health!
10-Jan-2018 By Joseph James Whitworth 

One in 10 experienced high financial losses due to food fraud in 2016, according to a survey. 

Certification schemes - like Australia’s Code of Practice OliveCare and NZ’s OliveMark - are noted as being increasingly important for food sourcing confidence.
A gang dedicated to stealing olives in Malaga has been dismantled by Spanish police. Around 30 people are suspected of raiding olive farms and plots across the Guadalhorce valley, stealing thousands of kilos of olives before attempting to sell them.
What's On
March  - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

15-23 March - ONZ Focus Grove Project field days – various regions, NZ

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

24 March - 2018 Olives NZ AGM – Napier, NZ

9-10 April – Olives NZ Processing Seminar - Auckland, NZ

12 April - registration closes for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

21 April - Horticulture for Olive Growers – Nangkita, SA

22 April - “Olive U” classes – Nangkita, SA

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

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

18-19 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 - Wagga Wagga, NSW

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