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 […]

01 Dec

Australia: Watch for major olive pest

The Department of Agriculture and Food is reminding growers that now is the time to be checking olive trees for signs of Olive lace bug. Department olive industry development officer Dick Taylor said olive lace bug was an established pest on all mainland States in Australia except the Northern Territory. Mr Taylor said in severe […]

19 Nov

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission eyes olive oil claims

By Leslie White, AUSTRALIA’S competition watchdog will investigate the apparent failure of some imported olive oils to live up to their premium “extra virgin” label. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry follows tests by a NSW Government laboratory that found many imported oils labelled as extra virgin were actually a lower grade oil, were […]

11 Nov

Australia: Time to act on olive oil

Spanish olive oil giant Carbonell has demanded to see test results that found some of its products wanting will do nothing to address the image problem confronting large, foreign olive-oil producers. It has been no secret in Australian olive oil industry circles for some years that many imported brands were not living up to their […]

06 Nov

First certified Australian Extra Virgin olive oil launched

The first Australian Extra Virgin olive oil with the Code of Practice symbol has entered retailers’ outlets. Cobram Estate is the first to include the Code of Practice logo, with other products to follow in the next four to eight weeks. The Code of Practice certification logo is the industry’s method of guaranteeing the authenticity […]