22 Jun

Sippin’ and slurpin’ olive oil

By Stephanie Oswald, Ollo Extra Virgin olive oil, at just $11 per bottle, is a fabulous hostess gift, and something to keep on hand in your own cupboard. I must admit, when I was invited to “slurp” olive oil out of a special glass while lunching at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta, I was a […]

11 Jun

Tradition lives on in olives

It’s been 11 years since Skarmoutsos decided to embrace his family heritage and become an olive farmer. Mr Skarmoutsos owns Ambrosia Olive Farm, Eltons Road, Silverdale. He bought it in 1997 as a bare 40 acre property. Within two years he had covered it with 4000 olive trees. Mr Skarmoutsos said his family had been […]

06 Jun

Fair exports discussed at olive industry meeting

By Melinda, The international olive industry is one step closer to implementing regulations that will support fair exports and consumers interest. The step follows a hot topic session coordinated by the Australian Olive Association (AOA) at the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) annual meeting held in Seattle, USA, on 20 May. Paul Miller, president of […]

01 Jun

Australian Olives bear fruit in Victoria

Consumers may pay less for Australian olive oil after a bumper Victorian olive harvest. There was no harvest in many Victorian olive groves last year because of the drought. Olive grower Richard Baum says a third of his trees will provide enough product to supply his markets. “Probably the good news for consumers is that, […]

01 Jun

Australian Olive theives have strike again

Olive thieves struck again. The Amenduni Australian Olive Expo’s grove holds 200 olive trees, all of which have been stripped of their fruits due to be harvested before the October display. The Hunter Valley, NSW, has also been hit recently. The ACT grove is surrounded by security fences, which are more than one-metre high and […]