Australia / NZ

May. 1, 2024

Australian Olive Association Implements Quality Monitoring Program

The program aims to assure Australians that olive oils are correctly labeled and meet the necessary standards at a time of increasing prices.

Apr. 1, 2024

Olive Lace Bug Adds to Harvest Woes for Australian Farmers

Wet summers and mild winters have allowed the Australian lace bug to spread from its usual host plants to olive trees across the island.

Mar. 10, 2024

After Two Bad Harvests, Producers in New Zealand Anticipate a Rebound

Less rainfall in New Zealand has sparked hope for the country's growers, but the drier weather has come with another set of problems.

Feb. 26, 2024

Australian Olive Growers Begin Harvest With Mixed Expectations

A light crop year is expected to lead to a limited supply and higher prices.

Oct. 31, 2023

Trade Group Launches Digital Campaign to Promote Olive Oil in Australia

The Australian Olive Oil Association has teamed up with leading social media influencers to encourage consumers to use more olive oil.

Oct. 23, 2023

Australians Overcome Cold, Wet Harvest to Win in New York

Producers in Australia earned fifteen awards at the 2023 NYIOOC after a chilly, damp harvest reduced their yield.

May. 23, 2023

Backyard Growers Create Prize-Winning Olive Oil in Australia

Two Australian organizations are working to prevent olives growing in Melbourne from going to waste by milling combined batches and returning the oil to the community.

Apr. 17, 2023

New Zealand Growers' Hopes Not Washed Away by Heavy Rains

Industry officials predict a second-consecutive production decline in New Zealand following an excessively wet summer.

Apr. 5, 2023

Farmers in Australia Look Forward to An Abundant Harvest

Producers cited climatic challenges, supply chain issues and disease as potential challenges but remain optimistic for a bumper harvest.

Jan. 9, 2023

Olive Council Launches Campaign in Australia

The promotional campaign began with a formal presentation in Sydney. It aims to raise consumer awareness and pave the way for a possible future entry of Australia into the IOC.

Oct. 27, 2022

Australian Heatwave Harbinger of Hot Summer, Hotter Century

Temperatures in northeastern Australia are 5 ºC higher than the average monthly highs.

Oct. 12, 2022

After Initial Optimism, Mixed Results for Australian Producers

Torrential rain resulted in no harvests for some regions of Australia, while others enjoyed similar yields to last year’s record-highs.

Sep. 21, 2022

Adverse Weather Dampens New Zealand Harvest

Producers began 2022 with optimism for another excellent harvest, but rain and disease resulted in some producers yielding no oil at all.


May. 19, 2020

New Zealand's Producers Rake in Awards at 8th NYIOOC

New Zealand producers earned a record-setting seven awards from eight entries at the 2020 edition of the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

Apr. 22, 2020

Australia Offers Growers Help Managing Workforce Restrictions

New resources and legislation can assist Australian growers to address the challenges in managing their workforce during the Covid-19 crisis.

Mar. 31, 2020

Coronavirus Impacts Australian Growers as Harvest Nears

While much of the world grinds to a halt in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, olive growers in Australia are getting ready to harvest.

Jan. 27, 2020

Australian Producers Making Do Despite Bush Fires, Record Drought

In spite of a record drought and devastating bush fires, some large Australian producers are expecting close to an average production and high-quality oils in 2020.

Jan. 26, 2020

Australia Hails Sino-American Trade Deal, but Danger Lurks for Farmers

The new accord favors global economic growth in general but could lead to a reduction of the Australian share in the Chinese market.

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.”