Australia and New Zealand Gold Medal Massage While olive oil is not yet commonly used in the massage and spa industry, there is a growing trend towards this health-giving alternative. Importers Accuse Australian Group of Making False Claims The Australian Olive Association has launched a "buy Aussie" campaign, which one group calls misleading. An Olive Harvest Festival in New Zealand In Martinborough, New Zealand's an olive-themed harvest festival gave guests a tree-to-table experience. Australian Company Fined for Deceptive Olive Oil Labeling MOI International sold a product labeled '100% Olive Oil' with small print on the package indicating it was mostly canola. Pop-up Olive Grove in Sydney Australian Masterchef contestant Justine Schofield took to the stove to cook up a Spanish style feast for the people of Sydney. Australian Supermarket Adopts Standard, but Only for Private Label Coles said it will phase out house branded olive oils that do not adhere to the standard by the end of this year. Local producers want more. Chinese Investors Purchase Australia’s Kailis Organic Olive Oil The investors paid AUD$15 million for the company started in 2001 by Mark Kailis, son of the Red Rooster fast food chain founder. Extra Virgin Vigilance in Australia Australia’s consumer watchdog has fined a local olive oil producer for alleged mislabelling and promises more action on fake extra virgin olive oils. New Standards Getting Traction in Australia Reports that many olive oils on the shelves in South Australia were adulterated with sunflower, canola and even lampante oil has put the spotlight on a new standard's usefulness in protecting consumer confidence and safety. Woolworths Agrees to Offer Kailis Organic Olive Oil Under Private Label Woolworths has agreed stock the failed company's olive oil as part of its "Macro Wholefoods Market" range. Administrators Take Control of Failed Olive Oil Producer Kailis Organic The Perth company, led by Mark Kailis of Western Australia’s dynastic Kailis family, failed to raise enough working capital to maintain operations after suffering major losses this year. New Zealand Says “No Thanks” to New Olive Oil Standards As Australian olive oil celebrated new voluntary standards making it more difficult for European exporters to do business there, its sibling isn't along for the ride. Australian Olive Oil Takes the Ball, Runs Seizing on the momentum of the adoption of new voluntary olive oil standards and wide media coverage, Australian Olive Association President Paul Miller took to the airwaves Wednesday. © 2014 Olive Oil Times. All Rights Reserved.