20 Jun

Olive oil producers scoop three international golds

By Rebekah Burgess, A WAIRARAPA olive oil producer has become the only one worldwide to gain three gold medals in the main section of an international competition announced on Sunday. Ruakokoputuna Olives won three golds at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, which included a total Wairarapa medal haul of nine from […]

08 Jun

Big olive expo near Brisbane this month

A major olive industry expo will be held just west of Brisbane later this month. The 2007 Queensland Olive Expo is a three-day olive event which will be held at Woodlands of Marburg, just outside of Brisbane, on June 16-19. Hosted by The Olive Centre in conjunction with the Queensland Olive Council, this event is […]

06 Jun

Paul Holmes launches Paul Holmes Olive Oil

Broadcaster, author, writer, star-dancer and journalist – now Paul Holmes adds olive oil maker to his colourful CV. Holmes has just released his own exclusive range of olive oils, pressed from fruit grown on his Hawke’s Bay property Mana Lodge. The energetic Mr Holmes is producing two varieties of award-winning oil, Leccino and Frantoio. They […]

29 May

Drought good news for olive growers

By Bernard Carpinter, The continuing drought in Hawke’s Bay is driving farmers to despair – but is excellent news for olive growers. While pastoral farmers are suffering, olive growers are celebrating large quantities, top quality and increased prices for their 2007 harvest. “The quality of the olives coming off the trees at the moment is […]

18 May

Disease prevention turns over new leaf

RMIT University researchers have described the promising cardioprotective effects of an Australian olive leaf extract at the American Heart Association’s 7th Annual Conference in Denver, USA. Indu Singh, who led the RMIT research team, said the olive extract reduced blood platelet aggregation in laboratory investigations. “Polyphenols from this olive leaf extract significantly inhibited platelet aggregation […]