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 […]

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 […]

17 Aug

Dwarda Ridge top of West Australian olive table

Dwarda Ridge Estate of Boddington won the Best WA Table Olive and Don Vica Pty Ltd of Fremantle won the Best of Show in the 2008 West Australian Olive Council (WAOC) Table Olive Competition. Commenting at an awards function yesterday at Edgecombe Brothers Winery, Henley Brook, chief Judge and chair of the judging panel, Professor […]

30 Jul

New code of practice for Australian olive producers

A code of practice is being drawn up for table olives to guarantee the authenticity and quality of Australian table olives and distinguish them from imported products. The AOA Table Olive Subcommittee has been working with Food Standards Australia & New Zealand (FSANZ) to draft the code specifically for table olives. This code will adopt […]

11 Sep

Aussie olive oil popular in US kitchens

Americans are consuming two million litres of Australian olive oil annually. The startling statistic was revealed as part of a media briefing on Australian Extra Virgin – the new brand the Australian Olive Association (AOA) is hoping will help the industry grow across the globe. “America’s kitchens are now using a quarter of Australia’s annual […]