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…

Nanoemulsions with Olive Oil extend the shelf life of Rainbow Trout

1/10/19 TURKEY:   Aquaculture has arisen as one of the most promising and rapidly growing industries, providing nutritious, high-quality animal protein and providing income and employment around the world.  With a product of such economic importance extending the shelf life is essential.  Fish farmed in aquaculture typically spoil very quickly due to their rich unsaturated fatty…

How to remove sap build-up from Saw Blades and Secateurs?

The teeth on Silky Saws are like super sharp little chisels that are dragged across the surface of a branch with each chisel taking a bite out of the wood it is cutting.  Using Japanese ingenuity, saws cut on the pull stroke and to stop the saws binding they developed a process that is called…

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…

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…

Feral Olives and what to do?

18/11/18 – Hi Amanda,  What can we do to get our olive growers to control the huge number of wild olive seedlings growing on the roadsides and waterways As I drive around our state I see dozens of wild olive seedlings growing in the adjoining areas to our olive groves. They are spreading like weeds and…

Olive Oil In Distribution: Have your say

If a product is deemed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and has been tested prior to distribution with no faults whatsoever and then the product is put into the hands of the distributor (or retailer).  Do you think the responsibility lies with the producer or the distributor/retailer if any mishandling has resulted in the demise of quality of that product? Why? Have your…

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…