Archive for the 'Australia | NZ' Category

18 Mar

NZ: CRI denies involvement in olive oil judging scandal

By Allan Swann, Plant & Food Research is distancing itself from a recent Olives NZ judging scandal, claiming its involvement had nothing to do the outcome that saw head judge Margaret Edwards award her own oil first place. Plant and Food Research, formerly HortResearch, provided venues, equipment and logistics for the event, but spokesman Roger […]

12 Mar

Slippery problem for New Zealand olive grower

Olive oil producers are concerned that one of the gold medal winning oils in last year’s Olives New Zealand Awards is produced by one of the judges. Marlborough olive grower Mark Heard says there is a lot to be gained by winning an award as it makes a product more attractive to stockists. He has […]

08 Mar

Olive oil to show country of origin

By Zoë Casey, All olive oils, from Spain’s golden nutty olive oils to Italy’s dark green grassy-flavoured olive oils, will be labelled with their country of origin from 1 July 2009, the European Commission said today. Currently, olive oils are labelled with their country of origin on a voluntary basis, but Mariann Fischer Boel, the […]

02 Mar

South Australian olive growers to pay new levy

A new levy paid by South Australian olive growers will help promote and further develop the industry. From this harvest, growers will pay a $4 levy on each tonne of fruit they produce. Olives South Australia president Lisa Rowntree says it will increase by a dollar a year for the next three years to eventually […]

15 Dec

Australian olive industry boosted by government-funded R&D

The Australian Olive Association is predicting a 30% to 40% increase in olive oil production in 2009. This growth of the industry has been underpinned by research and development done with the support of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Paul Miller, president of the Australian Olive Association, said research and development funded by […]