Australia / NZ

Aug. 18, 2021

After Years of Drought and Covid, Australians Celebrate Record-Breaking Harvest

Australian producers expect to produce up to 21,000 tons of olive oil. Boundary Bend, the country’s largest producer, is leading the charge.

Aug. 18, 2021

Producers in New Zealand Celebrate Bumper Harvest

While olive farmers reported high quality as well, not everyone saw production totals increase.

Jun. 2, 2021

Despite Covid and Drought, Australian and New Zealand Producers Shine at NYIOOC

Australian producers took home a record-high 13 Gold Awards, while producers from New Zealand earned a perfect success rate.

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Apr. 29, 2021

Labor Shortages, Recent Floods Create 'Insane Situation' as Australian Harvest Begins

Growers and producers hopeful of a bumper harvest after last year’s “oil drought” are scrambling to find solutions for dire labor shortages due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Apr. 20, 2021

Olive Oil Consumption Hits Record High in Australia

The International Olive Council predicts that Australians will consume 51,000 tons of olive oil in the 2020/21 fiscal campaign ahead of what could be a record harvest for producers.

May. 20, 2020

Australian Producers Receive Hard-earned Recognition at World Olive Oil Competition

Australian producers took home five Gold and six Silver Awards at the 2020 edition of the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

Jan. 13, 2020

Drought, Not Fire, Remains the Bane of Australian Olive Growers

Australia's olive growers have mostly been spared from the wildfires that have been ravaging the country. Persistent drought, however, continues to cause concern.

Nov. 4, 2019

Australian Exporters List 30 Trade Barriers Since Launch of New Register

In Australia, numerous trade barriers have been listed since the launch of a register that aims to identify challenges exporters face.

Sep. 4, 2019

Australian Woman Pleads Guilty to Importing Plants Known to Carry Xylella

The chairwoman of the Australian Garlic Association pleaded guilty to ten charges after putting the agricultural sector at “great risk.”

Sep. 2, 2019

In Australia, Advocates Call for Improved Health Rating for Olive Oil

An independent report commissioned by the Australian government recommended that olive oil's health star rating should not be improved due to its saturated fat content. Opponents said the report misses the bigger health picture.

Sep. 7, 2018

Drought in Australia Portends Tough Season Ahead for Small Growers

While the overall sector is likely to remain largely unaffected, small growers on the eastern seaboard may bear the brunt of the drought.

Jul. 18, 2018

New Labeling Laws for Australian EVOO Producers

The laws are the result of consumer pressure following a hepatitis A outbreak in Australia in February 2015 that was linked to contaminated Australian-packaged frozen berries imported from Canada and China.

Jul. 5, 2018

New Zealand Olive Oil Producers Set for Record Year

Olive oil production is at a record high in New Zealand with the potential to double in the coming years.

Jun. 10, 2014

Australian Tycoon Backs Boundary Bend's Expansion to U.S.

Chris Corrigan is believed to be fronting about half of the $10 million to launch Boundary Bend products and research efforts in the States.

Feb. 20, 2014

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.

Dec. 9, 2013

Importers Accuse Australian Group of Making False Claims

The Australian Olive Association has launched a "buy Aussie" campaign, which one group calls misleading.

Jul. 11, 2013

An Olive Harvest Festival in New Zealand

In Martinborough, New Zealand's an olive-themed harvest festival gave guests a tree-to-table experience.

Jun. 4, 2013

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.

Dec. 7, 2012

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.

Nov. 5, 2012

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.

Oct. 17, 2012

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.

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