Friday 16 March 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
Today's Top Story
The Olive Wellness Institute – real news on EVOO
A new online information source on the health benefits of EVOO and olive products has just gone live, providing an invaluable resource for communicating with consumers. 
The Olive Wellness Institute aims to increase awareness of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other olive products by gathering, sharing and promoting expert, credible and evidence-based information on their nutrition, health and wellness benefits. It is targeted at health professionals and the public interested in non-branded credible information, and in time will also include information and resources specifically for growers. At its base is a global Advisory Panel of health and science experts, who provide insight and guidance, and ensure a high level of scientific direction.
The site provides a credible reference point to help share accurate science and debunk myths, along with an olive science database with references related to olive health and wellness. All subscribers also receive a free olive science and wellness e-book.
It’s a great opportunity to get the real facts about our wonderful, healthful products out there, so let’s all get behind the initiative:
• subscribe here
• share the pages with friends and family members to build the site’s online presence

Burden lifted: New road laws should ensure farmers can be more efficient and productive.
VicRoads has changed heavy vehicle road rules that will simplify the transportation of farming machinery in Victoria. After 18 months of community engagement and collaboration with industry bodies, VicRoads changed legislation that restricted road use and now lifts the burden off Victorian farmers.
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.
Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO
To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at 
APVMA approach to spray drift –
have your say
On-site retention of applied pesticides is vitally important and the many negative environmental and social issues associated with spray drift should be avoided at all costs. Regulations around spray drift prevention on pesticide labels have been a topic of scrutiny for many years and they are under the spotlight once again. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is seeking comment on their proposed approach to spray drift management, which aims to:
• enable more reasonable buffer zones to be set
• provide clearer label instructions and increase flexibility
• support the use of drift reducing technologies (DRT)
The consultation period closes on 30 March 2018: learn more here.
Friday Olive Extracts – YOUR e-newsletter, so send us your news
Two months down, just 10 to go! We’re now well into 2018 with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, the weekly format introduced in 2017 has made our industry e-newsletter even more popular, 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!
Joining forces with the Federal Government and leading agribusinesses this week, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) announced a new pathway to leadership for women in agriculture, the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. Apply now to be a part of a one-on-one mentoring program. More information here.
The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) is offering the 2018 International Agribusiness Fellowship, offering an individual working within the area of agribusiness the opportunity to enhance their current skills through an international applied research program. The Fellowship is for $10,000 and is open to Australian residents. The Fellowship supports the acquisition of higher-level skills to drive leading practice and innovation in Australia and so applicants should demonstrate the potential benefits for, and application in, Australia. 
Applications close on 13 April: more information here
Is your brand 'China ready'? – seminars
The Silk Initiative, in collaboration with the Australia China Business Council and the Australian Marketing Institute, will host a series of seminars to provide practical frameworks for your brand to grow in China and Asia. More information and register now here - Sydney (20 March), Melbourne (22 March) and Brisbane (27 March).

Environment Small Grants
Community, environment and other groups are encouraged to apply for grants to undertake eligible natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment. The National Landcare Program aims to provide up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18, and will support projects that aim to protect and conserve Australia’s water, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with local communities.
Grants provide up to 100% of eligible project costs, with a minimum of $5,000 and maximum of $50,000. Applications close on 19 March, so be quick – more information and apply here.

Japan Food & Beverage Retail Showcase
On 21 May Austrade will hold a virtual showcase including sample tastings at Austrade's Fukuoka and Sapporo offices. The showcase will promote retail-oriented products to key retailers and wholesalers in Kyushu and Hokkaido regions. Register now.

2018 Australian International Olive Awards 
Organisation is continuing well for the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards, with key dates as follows: 
  • Entries open: July 16
  • Entries close: September 21
  • Judging: 4-6 October, Adelaide
  • Awards Presentation Dinner: 19 October, Wagga Wagga

We’ll bring you updates on this year’s judges and other details in coming editions of Friday Olive Extracts, and you can read more about this year’s competition in the March edition of Olivegrower & Processor. Not a subscriber? You can do so here.
New Zealand
Processing Practices seminar – Aussies welcome!
A session of last year’s seminar, held at Wells Grove Estate 
Registration is open for Olive NZ’s “How Processing Practice impacts on Quality and Quantity” seminar, being held in Auckland on 9-10 April 2018. Following enthusiastic feedback from the 2017 event, the seminar will again be run by internationally-acclaimed expert Pablo Canamasas.
“How processing practices impact on the quality and quantity of the product produced is a hot topic for everyone in the olive industry - particularly with reports from members that winning Gold medals is a major differentiator in selling their oil at a reasonable price,” ONZ EO Gayle Sheridan said.
Cost for the two day course is $500 (incl GST) for members or $1,000 (incl GST) for non-members. Australian producers are also welcome, and AOA members can attend at the Olives NZ members rate. Email for a registration form: places are limited, so reserve yours now.
In an initiative to promote olive plantation, Rajasthan agriculture minister has sent out packets of olive tea to all the legislators, along with a letter seeking their feedback.
Arthritis pain affects about 10 million people in the UK, and symptoms include inflammation and restricted movement of joints. But, adding this oil to your diet everyday could reduce joint pain.
12-Mar-2018 By Joseph James Whitworth 

Demand for quick screening techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is growing for applications including detecting food fraud, according to Jeol USA. 
Responding to consumer concerns about food quality and fraudulent practices concerning food, the European Commission will tomorrow launch a Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality, operated by the Joint Research Centre.

12-Mar-2018 By Hank Schultz 

The head of Norwegian company Pharma Marine said that creating new customers is the name of the game in the omega-3s business. Creating a new culinary oil enhanced with omega-3s will do this better than building a better soft gel product, he said. 

Using the flavour of EVOO to make fish oil palatable … you judge!

07-Mar-2018 By Niamh Michail 

The colour of a product's packaging induces certain flavour expectations - but this perception is 'overwritten' by the colour of the food itself, say researchers. 
What's On

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

16 March - Invisible Farmer Symposium - Melbourne University, VIC

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

9-13 April - Olive Oil Academy’s Olive Oil Sommelier Course - Lake Garda, Italy

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

6 July – Closing date for Invitation to Participate, Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC

July 16 – Entries open, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

August 17 – Entries close, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

20 August – Entries open, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

September 5 – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

September 21 - Entries close, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

5 October – Entries close, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

13 October – 2018 ONZ Conference & NZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Masterton, NZ

14 October – Olives NZ grove visits – Wairarapa, NZ

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

19 October - Awards Presentation Dinner, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards - Wagga Wagga, NSW

15 November – Presentation dinner, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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