Archive for the 'Australia | NZ' Category

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. […]

23 Jun

the only olive harvester in the market that actually puts the olives in a bin

By Chloe Warburton, Harvest time usually conjures up images of workers picking olives over the space of a long day, but technology has created a new and quick way to bring the crops in. Max Boyle, owner and manager of Oil Hydraulics in Shepparton, has hit the jackpot with his OCCA Olive Harvester, a machine […]

22 Jun

Sippin’ and slurpin’ olive oil

By Stephanie Oswald, Ollo Extra Virgin olive oil, at just $11 per bottle, is a fabulous hostess gift, and something to keep on hand in your own cupboard. I must admit, when I was invited to “slurp” olive oil out of a special glass while lunching at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta, I was a […]

19 Jun

NZ: Mukilteo couple’s olive oil is a Northwest rarity

By Debra Smith, Charles and Gayle Pancerzewski didn’t know much about olive oil when they bought a 25-acre olive grove in New Zealand. They learned fast, after the man tending their land went bankrupt and they discovered he had planted a variety of olives that won’t produce at their balmy northern New Zealand grove. That’s […]

11 Jun

Tradition lives on in olives

It’s been 11 years since Skarmoutsos decided to embrace his family heritage and become an olive farmer. Mr Skarmoutsos owns Ambrosia Olive Farm, Eltons Road, Silverdale. He bought it in 1997 as a bare 40 acre property. Within two years he had covered it with 4000 olive trees. Mr Skarmoutsos said his family had been […]