16 Sep

Get good oil on Australian olives

The Australian Olive Association has signed off on an industry code of practice to provide consumers and investors in the industry with the knowledge they are buying a quality certified Australian product. In a world first, Australian products will be certified by undergoing an organoleptic (taste) and chemical test. In conjunction with the code, the […]

12 Sep

North East Victorian growers are exploring regional opportunities for branding olive oil.

By Kim Woods, Tree plantings have stabilised in the region, which produces up to 400,000 litres of oil a year, following a decade of rapid expansion. Those original trees are now reaching maturity and growers are searching for markets to soak up increased production. Corowa grower Paul Trevethan said the domestic market was saturated and […]

04 Sep

South Africa:olives industry wants taxes

By Nigel Austin, THE fast-growing South Australian olive industry wants to impose a tax of up to $6 a tonne on itself to help fund market development and lift productivity. Olives SA president Lisa Rowntree said a three-month consultation process had revealed widespread industry support for the fund. “Not only was feedback positive, it also […]

29 Aug

Spanish company begins Chile’s largest Olive Oil business

By Naomi Bryant, Spanish-owned Peinsa has announced plans to build Chile’s largest olive oil business at a cost of US$200 million. The project contemplates putting 5,000 hectares of olive plantations into production in Region VII. The company began buying up land near Villaseca in January. It currently owns 3,200 hectares, with contracts to rent another […]

22 Aug

California Table olive growers to receive higher prices

California table olive growers will receive prices for their 2008 crop that are 5% to 10% higher than last year’s crop, but the crop is off by nearly half. The Olive Growers Council on Thursday announced agreement with the Bell Carter Olive Co. in Corning and Musco Family Olive Co. in Tracy for table olive […]