11 Jul

NZ Olive industry delivers the good oil

By Jacqueline Smith,

Jim Syme, president of Olives New Zealand, expects local olive growers will produce around 220,000 litres of olive oil this year, up from 185,000 litres in 2007.

A bumper year for New Zealand olive oil has some in the industry predicting it will follow wine as one of our most promising exports.

Just three decades after the first commercial groves were planted, producers are celebrating high yields, world titles and new markets.

They say the delicate condiment is tracing the footsteps of the country’s most successful sauvignon blanc and pinot noir labels.

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