28 Oct

Australian Olive Expo expected to attract 2000 visitors

The 3rd annual Australian Olive Expo is being held in Canberra next week, with over 2000 people expected to attend.

The Expo serves the olive industry stakeholders by providing a chance for growers to network, explore new equipment and products, and attend educational seminars.

“The exhibition section gives suppliers and growers a real chance to get together and explore the new developments in the industry as far as equipment and plant stock is concerned,” said John Forrest, Australian Olive Expo director. “It is also a chance to discuss the changing needs of the industry so that suppliers can plan for new lines.”

A highlight for growers will be the National Extra Virgin Olive Oil awards dinner on October 30.

“It is chance for us to acknowledge the best EVOO producers and contributors to the industry,” said Forrest.

Australia’s olive industry continues its rapid growth, with now more then 2000 producers supplying domestic and export markets.

“Many of Australia’s olive groves are due to reach maturity and achieve full production potential over the next decade, with olive oil production expected to peak at 40,000 tonnes by 2015,” said Paul Miller, president of the Australian Olive Association. “If half of this production could be sold internationally, exports could be worth $100 million. This represents almost 10% of the value of all Australian horticultural exports.”

The Australian Olive Expo will be held in Canberra at Exhibition Park from the October 30-31.

For more information go to www.australianoliveexpo.com

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