Australia / NZ

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.

Jan. 24, 2017

Could Drones Be the Next Big Thing for the Australian Olive Industry?

With legislation making drone ownership easier and more affordable, many farmers are could find a more effective means of crop monitoring and maintenance.

Jan. 19, 2017

Why the Next Three Months Could Decide the Future for Western Australia Farmers

Wet conditions in 2016 led to smaller than average olive crops for Western Australian farmers. With the next three months a critical period, many are hoping for better outcomes, but remain at risk due to lack of insurance.

Jan. 16, 2017

New Zealand Program Aims for Higher Yields

A project aimed at increasing olive oil yields in New Zealand from the growth stage is progressing as planned, with organizers hoping to see an increased market share of Kiwi olive oil as a result of their efforts.

Jan. 16, 2017

A Better Method for Controlling Wild Olive Trees in Australia

A more affordable and time-saving method for culling wild olive trees in Australia has been found in basal bark spraying.

Jan. 3, 2017

Oxitec's Australian Medfly Trials Proceed

Despite delays, British Biotech Company Oxitec is still confident that their genetically modified strain of olive flies will reach further trial stages, but there's a long way to go before growers can access these insects to their advantage.

Dec. 19, 2016

Australian Farms Face Threat From Deadly Sap-Sucking Bug

The Olive Lace Bug has impacted Western Australia and is threatening to spread further into the country.

Dec. 13, 2016

Australian Supermarket Accused of Using Olive Leaves as Filler in Oregano Products

Several major Australian supermarkets including the popular chain Aldi, have come under fire after it was found that they were padding their oregano products with olive leaves.

Nov. 23, 2011

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.

Jul. 24, 2011

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.

Jul. 21, 2011

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.

Feb. 25, 2011

Gawel: IOC Response to Olive Oil Standards More "Rhetoric"

The Australian olive oil expert said that in criticizing the proposed standards the IOC failed to provide data to support its rationales such as how certain limits were set.

Feb. 18, 2011

Olive Council Calls Proposed Aussie Standards "Barriers to Trade"

The International Olive Council issued a statement calling for the reconsideration of the proposed olive oil standards for Australia and New Zealand.

Jan. 31, 2011

Northeast Australia Still Reeling from Historic Floods

“We’ve had record frosts, record dry and record heat and now record flooding. Clearly there are going to be adverse affects. It’s not looking good.” Paul Miller, AOA

Jan. 18, 2011

Leandro Ravetti on Australia's Proposed Olive Oil Standards

The drafting leader of Australia and New Zealand's proposed standards says no international standards in place accommodate the natural variation of olive oils from the region.

Jan. 4, 2011

Australia, New Zealand Draft New Olive Oil Standards

A draft of new olive oil standards for Australia and New Zealand reveals strict labeling guidelines, while leaving a key international EVOO benchmark unchanged.

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