03 May 2019

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The executive board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has recommended that November 26 of every year be celebrated as World Olive Tree Day. The resolution was adopted last week at the executive board’s 206th session, in Paris, following a proposal put forward by Lebanon and Tunisia.
Australia
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, who has lived in Sarasota, Florida for nearly three decades, was recently interviewed by Edible Sarasota, a local print magazine celebrating local farms, local restaurants and local businesses. Asked what food he loves just a little too much, Johnson responded: "Bread. Bread and olive oil and butter. Good olive oil, good butter. That matters.”

Good olive oil matters … if you weren’t an AC/DC fan before, here’s a reason!
ifarmwell is an online tool kit to help farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. This website has been designed by Australian farmers to help other Australian farmers by sharing practical ways of coping with difficult circumstances and helping work out where it is most useful for you to put your attention and energy. You can do it from the privacy of your home, tractor or shed - and it’s free! The website is being evaluated in its early stages and your help in doing so will assist in improvements for future users.
Learn more, register and get started on the program modules here.
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Food recalls in 2018

In April FSANZ released data on Australian food recalls in 2018 - 100 all up, with 46% due to undeclared allergens. See the statistic here. FSANZ, along with enforcement agencies, will continue to communicate with food businesses to ensure they understand labelling requirements. 
While allergens are an unlikely issue with olive oil, another 20% of the recalls were from microbial contamination and 15% for foreign matter, so this is an important reminder for all producers of the need for safe handling and packaging procedures.
Mobile Black Spot funding boosts regional coverage  

Round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) is set to roll out, continuing to remove black spots and improve coverage across regional and remote areas. With co-investment by Telstra and the state and federal governments, the program will deliver 131 new mobile base stations and small cells - 49 sites in NSW, 18 in Qld, 19 in SA, 22 in Vic and 23 in WA. Many of these locations will also improve coverage for nearby public interest areas, including health and emergency services facilities. Find out where the new Round 4 Mobile Black Spot sites will be located in your state here.
Events
Super High Density Field Day 

Want to know more about the Super High Density (SHD) growing system? An open field day is being run at the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (SuniTAFE) Farm, Irymple on 9 May, providing information on SHD olive growing and more.
The event will commence at 8.30am with discussions about the SHD system, smart farming and soil moisture management solutions, followed by an in-field SHD grove harvesting display, then moves to Varapodio Estate at Buronga for processing of the olives and tasting of the oil.
Attendance is free and registration is not required, just turn up on the day. More information here.
Put your senses to work at TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshops
Learn how to recognise the diverse flavour, aroma and taste attributes of Australian extra virgin olive oil and table olives, and what sets the award winners apart from the rest, at a series of sensory training workshops being held across Australia. 
Run by NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Science Researcher Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay and OliveCare® administrator Peter McFarlane, the program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more. The workshop will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives.  
Cost is $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers, including post workshop dinner. 
The first event is being held in South Australia on 24 May at the University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Urrbrae. The full program and schedule will be available soon: in the meantime, for more details or to book for the Adelaide workshop contact Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay on 0409 283 581 or via email soumi.paul.mukhopadhyay@dpi.nsw.gov.au.
The Olive Wellness Institute Health and Wellness Event - Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
The Olive Wellness institute is hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at the Boundary Bend nursery – and you’re all invited. The event will include presentations by world renowned Mediterranean Diet and EVOO experts Dr Simon Poole and Tassos Kyriakides, sharing fascinating stories of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the Mediterranean Diet and health, from tree to table from prehistoric to modern times. Dr Poole’s book The Olive Oil Diet will also be for sale, with all proceeds donated to the Cancer Council Australia.
Details: Tuesday, 14 May from 10-11.30am - Boundary Bend Olives Nursery, 151 Broderick Road, Lara.
Full details here and RSVP by 9 May to Abby at events@olivewellnessinstitute.org.

Want to know more about the Super High Density (SHD) growing system? An open field day is being run at the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (SuniTAFE) Farm, Irymple on 9 May, providing information on SHD olive growing and more.
The event will commence at 8.30am with discussions about the SHD system, smart farming and soil moisture management solutions, followed by an in-field SHD grove harvesting display, then moves to Varapodio Estate at Buronga for processing of the olives and tasting of the oil.
Attendance is free and registration is not required, just turn up on the day. More information here.
International

The European Commission predicts that high worldwide demand combined with decreased production in non-EU countries will result in record EU exports for 2018/2019.

If you’re looking at exporting, this might be the opportune time, it seems!
25-Apr-2019 By Flora Southey 

From 2021, manufacturers in Europe will be required to curb the amount of industrially-produced trans fats in processed food to 2 g per 100 g of fat. 
 
More impetus to replace industrial fats with EVOO.

23-Apr-2019 By Oliver Morrison 

Mediterranean diets deter people overeating, suggests a new study that claims to provide the first experimental evidence that a Mediterranean diet can protect against increases in obesity and prediabetes compared to a Western diet. 
Photo: A.A. Newton
Cabbage gets no respect, which is a shame - it could be the most versatile vegetable on earth. From the delicate leaves to the sweet, crunchy core, I love every part of every variety of cabbage and have made it my mission to make others feel the same.

Read through to the definition of ‘a healthy dose of olive oil’ …

A legislative proposal is gaining traction to add olive oil to the list of Oregon farm goods that can be sold directly to consumers without a food processing license. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, honey, eggs and certain prepared products don’t come under the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s regulations for food processors under a law passed in 2011.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 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.
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Greeks proudly proclaim their olive oil the world’s best – the country’s symbol could be the olive tree – but companies who failed to market the precious commodity have ceded the sector to other countries such as Spain, and now when Greek olive oils won far fewer awards at the recent Athena International Olive Oil Competition (ATHIOOC) held in the coastal town of Naufplio.

17-Apr-2019 By Katy Askew 

As a founding father of New Nordic Cuisine, chef and food activist Claus Meyer has done much to bring local, natural and seasonal produce into the spotlight. He speaks to FoodNavigator about his inspiration and the prospects for an emerging ethically and environmentally conscious foodie culture. 
 
Local, natural, seasonal, environmental … EVOO is increasingly on-trend!
What's On
2019

May-August
Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

5-10 May
New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

9 May
Super High Density Field Day – Irymple, NSW
M: 0497 449 888

10 May
Winners announced, 2019 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14 May
Olive Wellness Institute Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Lara, Victoria

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

24 May
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Urrbrae, SA

1 July 
Entries open, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

12 July
Entries close, 2019 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards – Hobart, Tasmania

19-24 July
OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

30 August
Entries close, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

4 October
Entries close, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

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

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

2020
9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

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