Archive for the 'Australia | NZ' Category

22 Oct

New Zealand’s Kapiti Olive oil stays golden

Kapiti olive oil scooped gold for the 4th in a row at the New Zealand Olive Gold Awards held in Wellington. One of the three Raumati and Te Horo growers, Helen Walshaw, said hot days and cool nights on Kapiti Coast helped enhance the robust fruity flavour of the oil. Kapiti Olives sends the fruit […]

08 Oct

Australia Swimming in Low-Grade Olive Oil

Australia is becoming a dumping ground for low-grade olive oil, with no controls on cheap imitations coming in from Europe, experts. Consumer demand for extra virgin olive oil, known to be a “healthy fat”, is soaring in Australia, which has attracted hungry European manufacturers. But some extra virgin olive oil sold here – the majority […]

04 Oct

Australian Olive oil fears fruitless

By Leslie White, FEARS growers may have had to rip out a widely planted variety of olives due to poor oil yields appear to have subsided. In 2000, olive growers were worried the manzanillo variety would disappoint growers who had planted it as an oil producer. However, latest figures indicate the mass removal of the […]

22 Sep

Bumper crop for New Zealand olive oil producers

A 20% increase in olive oil production is likely to present a marketing challenge for the country’s olive growers. Grower organisation Olives New Zealand says groves in Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Kapiti, Nelson and Marlborough performed better than those in Canterbury and the Far North, mainly because of variable weather conditions. Executive officer Alastair Bridge says […]

20 Sep

Australian extra virgin olive oils will compete at the National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards next month.

The awards, now in their twelfth year, will be chaired by Richard Gawel, research scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute, along with more than 20 accredited judges on October 3 and 4. “As always, it is a great privilege to assist the capable judges in their task of searching out and rewarding the best […]