11 Jul

NZ Olive industry delivers the good oil

By Jacqueline Smith, Jim Syme, president of Olives New Zealand, expects local olive growers will produce around 220,000 litres of olive oil this year, up from 185,000 litres in 2007. A bumper year for New Zealand olive oil has some in the industry predicting it will follow wine as one of our most promising exports. […]

28 May

200 tonnes of Marlborough olives head to the press

By Rachel Young, Harvest has started, but not as many in Marlborough know it this time it is the olives that are being gathered. The Marlborough olive press started up on Monday and already is expected to press more than 200 tonnes of olives over the next month, with 71 different people already having booked […]

27 May

Bug takes heavy toll on Australian olive growers

A number of olive groves in the Lower Hunter have nothing to harvest this year because of widespread damage from the olive lace bug. Mike Wilson from the Hunter Olive Growers Association says the weather this year has been a major factor in the spread of the bug, which he estimates has destroyed at least […]

21 May

Shaking up the olive harvest

For thousands of years, olives have proved a difficult and labour-intensive crop to harvest, but a Moutere grower thought there has to be a better way. Anne Hardie visits a grower who has a knack for inventions. Harvesting olives can be a labour-intensive process that has been just about begging for a bit of Kiwi […]

11 May

Olive Oil Yields Soar with nuclear magnetic resonance

By Cynthia Graber, By correlating fruit color with oil content measured via nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), growers can find the optimal time to harvest their olives. Olive oil producers generally guess the best time to harvest their olives by checking the fruit’s color. The olive has to hit that perfect spot where they’ve just turned […]