Q & A: Olive & Olive Oil Competitions… What shows should I enter?

“I am a boutique grower in Southern Highlands and wonder if you can point me in the right direction of how to enter my oil for shows and medals?  I am just starting to sell my oil. Kind regards, Louise” ___________________________________________ There are many options for entering shows in Australia and Internationally.  Depending on what…

Australian Harvest, Olive & Oil Production, Import, Export Figures till 2019

If you are looking to start a grove, purchase an existing grove or you are wanting to assess olive industry statistics and figures, you might find this information helpful.   Introduction The renaissance of the Australian olive industry is entering its second decade. During the last 10 years, the Australian industry has grown solidly from…

Talc in Short Supply during 2019 Olive Harvest

Some weeks ago a decision was made by Sibelco to close their Talc processing plants Australia-wide. This decision has had implications for the Australian Olive Oil Industry whereby the sheer volume of talc has not been attainable and currently in short supply this season. Currently, there are very minimal quantities left that we can access…

Australian laboratory loses international accreditation for sensory testing

Australian olive oil growers must look further afield for official Extra Virgin certification if they require it this year. The only tasting panel in Australasia trained in International Olive Council (IOC) procedures which has been used to certify olive oils as extra virgin has not been recognised by the international body in 2019. The NSW…

Are you using low-strength enzymes or high-strength enzymes?

Research about enzyme application in olive oil extraction processing can be effective in obtaining higher yields, faster oil & water separation leading to smoother operation of machinery, less residual oil in the pomace and improved oil clarity.   Pectinase enzymes are used extensively around the world in fruit juice and wine industries and increasingly in…

ANNOUNCEMENT: Warehouse in Sydney for growing needs in Olive Packaging

Over the past 12 months, The Olive Centre has a signed a new partnership agreement with a warehouse in Sydney to offer packaging supplies for predominantly glass bottles and cans. “We explored a new warehouse as a potential option because we wanted to achieve better freight rates, overall competitively priced packaging through better efficiencies and…

JAPAN HOSTS 4th SOL D’ORO SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE THE VERONAFIERE- SOL&AGRIFOOD COMPETITION ENSURES WORLDWIDE PROMOTION OF QUALITY CULTURE FOR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (EVOO)

Scheduled in Osaka 11-15 September 2017   Producers south of the Equator have until 6 September to send samples. Two different labels can be entered in the Extra Virgin Category, which is divided in turn into:   intense, medium and light fruit. The agreement between Veronafiere and Intex Osaka also envisages the presentation and guided a…

New Country of Origin Food Labelling Law – free webinar for businesses

At 6:30pm on Thursday 22 June AEST the ACCC, along with representatives from peak industry groups, will be streaming a free webinar on the new law. The webinar will focus on the practical issues for businesses complying with the new food labelling requirements before they become mandatory on 1 July 2018. The webinar will address…