Friday 19 January 2018

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Today's Top Story
UC Davis Olive Center director Dan Flynn (Photo: NYIOOC)
The University of California at Davis Olive Center celebrates its tenth anniversary this week as a research and education center that continues to make an impact on the olive oil industry worldwide.
Kath Owen and Michael Owen at the Olive Bus in Clare
An olive green-coloured 1969 British Leyland Panther bus might sound like an unlikely tourist attraction. But when Michael Owen and his two sons found it sitting idle in a paddock in the Clare Valley one Christmas day, they immediately fell in love with it, and his wife Kath knew they had found a cellar door for their Stone Ridge Olive Oil.
A new online survey is being conducted by researchers at Deakin University, aimed at better understanding Australian consumer attitudes and preferences for olive oil. Data being collected includes demographics and information relating to attitudes, preferences, behaviours, purchasing, usage and consumption of olive oil. The survey takes approx 20 mins to complete and you can take part here.

We’ll bring you the results of the research in Olivegrower & Processor.
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
The Alert SA app, mobile phone coverage and the emergency text message alert system have come under fire following the Sherwood bushfire. Sherwood farmers say the fire is a wake-up call on the need to improve mobile phone coverage in the bushfire-prone area.
Where are the weeks going? This is already the third edition of Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) for 2018, 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!
Get together: Researchers and extension staff have relayed a need for more industry co-operation to propel the horticulture industry forward.
Industry leaders have been saying it; politicians as well. Now the research community has echoed the call for greater collaboration in the horticulture sector as a means of driving it forward.
Offered by Austrade and Chief Executive Women, the Women in Export scholarship awards an Australian business woman in an internationally focused role with the opportunity to attend Harvard Business School’s Disruptive Innovation – Strategies for a Successful Enterprise course in July 2018. The course will further enhance the skills of the scholarship recipient in navigating the ever-changing business environment by providing practical tools and frameworks for building business capabilities that can succeed across business cycles. The scholarship will cover course fees, airfares and on-campus accommodation. More information and apply here.
On Wedneday the International Olive Council and UC Davis Olive Center partnered to present the International Conference on Olive Oil and Prevention of Chronic Disease. The one-day seminar featured experts from around the world discussing the role of olive oil in the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
The entire event was livestreamed and is now available to view online here.
New Zealand
Stats NZ has updated its Consumer Price Index (CPI) to reflect what modern New Zealanders are spending their money on. The CPI, a basket of typical goods and services bought by consumers, is updated every three years and based on surveys carried out by Stats NZ. New items featuring in the basket include olives, craft beer and bicycle helmets, while Uber fares, Airbnb rents and body massages are among the new services added.
Dates have now been confirmed for the March 2018 round of Focus Grove Project Field Days, as follows:
  • 15 March - Nelson 
  • 16 March - Canterbury 
  • 19 March - Wairarapa
  • 21 March - Northland 
  • 23 March - Hawkes Bay (in conjunction with AGM weekend). 
Note: the weekend will also include the Olives NZ AGM, a visit to Viaduct Olive Grove and Dinner, all being held on March 24.
Don’t miss these opportunities to learn from the results of this highly successful grove management project: register your attendance with EO Gayle Sheridan at You can read more about the Focus Grove Project here.
Save the date: 2018 Olives New Zealand Conference/NZ EVOO Awards Dinner
Details have also been announced for the 2018 Olives New Zealand Conference and NZ EVOO Awards Presentation Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, 13 October in Masterton.
The festivities will be followed on Sunday, 14 October by visits to several groves in the Wairarapa region. 

We’ll bring you more details as they’re confirmed later in the year.
No manifestation of the disease has been documented in Greece, and the deputy minister of Rural Development said he wants to keep it that way.

Luckily Australia and New Zealand are also to date Xylella-free – and just as determined to ensure our groves stay that way. Get the low-down on the disease, and what you can do to help protect our industry, from our features in the September and December editions of Olivegrower & Processor .
11-Jan-2018 By Gary Scattergood 

Researchers in Singapore have discovered that a polyphenol-rich curry could aid the fight against type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases by improving postprandial glucose homeostasis and increasing glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). 

Just imagine the health benefits if the curry was also made with EVOO!
Photography by Johnny Miller
One of the perks of working in the test kitchen is having outside experts visit and share their knowledge. This week David Neuman, the CEO of Gaea, a Greek extra-virgin olive oil company, and a certified professional extra-virgin olive oil taster, stopped by to host a blind olive oil tasting.

More high-profile influencers learning about EVOO is great news for our industry.
“Start with a little oil in the bottom of the skillet,” I recently told my son, while showing him how to cook a dish in our home kitchen. That day I started the process with a little extra-virgin olive oil in the bottom of the pan.

A lovely celebration of olive oil (and friendship) – and who doesn’t love a recipe which uses half a cup of olive oil!
On February 4th, in Minneapolis, the final game of the National Football League will take place. This is a moment that brings together more than 110 million people in front of television screens. Olives from Spain has taken this unique opportunity to launch some new innovative recipes, changing the usual appetizers and hot dogs to include olives.

This is big-time marketing. Let’s hope it spins off into millions more people wanting to eat olives … and then discovering EVOO!
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.
Researchers concluded that olive oil’s higher levels of monounsaturated oleic and palmitoleic acids accounted for its advantages in wound treatment. 
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

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

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