Friday 4 May 2018

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Xylella fastidiosa continues to kill many tens of thousands of olive trees in south Italy's Puglia region and is on track to widen its deadly clasp across the Mediterranean basin.
The ACCC will be conducting a survey of business stakeholders in June 2018, seeking feedback on the ACCC’s performance to identify areas for improvement around business engagement. They are keen to hear the views of small businesses and representative organisations across all sectors of the economy, including agriculture.
A research firm will be conducting the online survey: all responses will be confidential and the ACCC will not have access to any individual’s comments. The overall findings will be made public and will be published on the ACCC website.
To participate in the survey, click here to provide your contact details. The survey is expected to take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Replies are requested by 10 May.
01-May-2018 By Gary Scattergood 

The Australian organic industry has been ‘conservatively’ estimated to stand at $2.4bn this year, an 88% increase from 2012, with exports to Asia – most notably China and Japan – enjoying strong growth. 
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
Free Olive Oil Sensory course
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is offering a free two-week olive oil classification course at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute. Running from May 7 to May 18, Monday to Friday, 6pm-9 pm, the course will allow participants to taste both local olive oils and oils from around the world as they learn how to classify olive oil. Participants will be trained to recognise extra virgin olive oil, identify defects in olive oil, and learn how production can affect flavour. Those who complete the course may be eligible to join the internationally accredited Australian Olive Oil Sensory Panel. 
For more information and to register for the free Olive Oil Sensory course contact Donna Seberry on (02) 6938 1957 or
Rosey Buckle and Paul Buckle have brought their invention Razorector to market. Picture: Andrew Murdoch, Kalgoorlie Miner
An ambitious and entrepreneurial Kalgoorlie couple have their sights set on revolutionising the multi-billion dollar shaving industry and saving the environment in the process. Although they did not know it at the time, the day Paul and Rosey Buckle discovered they could save money and support the environment by dunking their razors into olive oil was the day an invention was born.
Expressions of interest are now open from olive levy payers interested in being appointed to the Hort Innovation Director Nomination Committee. All appropriate, eligible, skilled levy payers are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions being conducted around the country to learn more about the role and the process. If you are unable to attend an information session and would like to know more, contact Tania Chapman via email or 0428 291 717. Expressions of interested must be submitted by 5pm AEST on 18 May 2018 – view the information document here.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first quarter of the year has passed already and 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!
Raffaele and Maria Papalia (Innaloo) with their olive tree. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
An Innaloo couple is upset the City of Stirling pruned their olive tree just a couple of weeks before their planned harvest. Maria and Raffaele Papalia planted the tree on the verge outside their home 20 years ago and press the olives each year to make oil.

Don’t we all get their frustration!
$1m commercialisation push
Up to $1m is available for commercialisation costs of new ventures - with food and agribusiness named as a target area. More information here.
2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards
Details have been announced for the 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards, which this year will judge olive oil categories only. Dates are:
  • Entries open: 16 July
  • Entries close: 10 August
  • Deliveries to: Perth Royal Showgrounds, 30 July-10 August
  • Judging: 25-26 August
  • Awards Presentation: 16 September
Enquiries to WAOC Executive Officer Karen Sanders at
Two independent reports highlight some of the economic challenges facing the olive oil sectors of the world's two largest olive oil producers.
GQ's Best Stuff asked a few experts about the best olive oils for cooking, sopping, and drizzling. 
These days, it seems like any pantry essential could be a punch line for the next food craze: no vinegar, peppercorn, or salt crystal is safe. The same goes for olive oil, at once a simple grocery store purchase and a gateway drug into complete culinary nerd-dom.

Good discussion on flavor differences and the multiple uses for olive oil here.
Watching Giovanni Caruso prune an olive tree is like observing a mountain climber decide how to reach the next hand-grip in a cliff. He chooses his path with deliberation. He even wears a helmet.
Globalization and digital connectivity have seen a shift in the mindset of urban India, promoting healthy eating and a balanced diet.
At 24.20 million tons (mt) in 2016-17, and an estimated 23.95 mt in 2017-18, India’s edible oil consumption stands at number two globally, behind China (35 mt). Seventy percent (14 mt) of this demand is met through imports, comprised primarily of palm oil (9.5 mt), soybean (2.99 mt), and sunflower oil (1.54 mt).
Spain is the world’s largest olive oil producer, producing one million tons of it each year. With a market that big, it was only a matter of time before someone thought about tokenising it. On a less cynical note, two of the biggest problems in the commodity supply chain are price volatility and quality control. Olivacoin hopes to solve both issues for the olive oil industry with its ICO, launching tomorrow.
What's On

7 May – Nutrition Australia: Dr Mary Flynn on EVOO in oncology – Melbourne

9 May - Nutrition Australia: Dr Mary Flynn on EVOO in oncology – Sydney

15 May - Soil Health and Water Use Field Day - Willow Creek, SA

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

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

6 July - Invitation to Participate closes, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE 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

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

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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