Hort Innovation’s current investment of the olive R&D levy has a focus on supporting implementation of the Australian Olive Association’s Code of Practice, and providing new benchmarking information for the industry. Read more in the R&D snapshot below.

INDUSTRY UPDATE

After you’ve read about the olive industry’s current levy investments and outcomes in this edition of Hortlink, check out Hort Innovation’s olive grower page. The grower page remains your one-stop-shop for industry information, including:

  • Important updates regarding the olive Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), as available. Developed in close consultation with growers and other industry stakeholders, the SIP is a document outlining the priorities for strategic investment in the industry. It is to be used like a ‘roadmap’ by the olive Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) when providing advice to Hort Innovation on potential levy investments.
  • The latest updates regarding the olive SIAP, including details on the panel’s recently appointed chair, Richard de Vos, and summaries from all SIAP meetings to date. The SIAP last met on February 16 this year.
  • The 2015/16 olive industry annual report, detailing activities from the previous financial year.
  • Grower resources, events and articles of interest to the olive industry.

Any questions?

As well as the olive grower page, Hort Innovation Relationship Management Lead Will Gordon is always available to answer questions on the olive program on 0427 920 924 or at will.gordon@horticulture.com.au.

R&D SNAPSHOT

NEW, ONGOING AND COMPLETED PROJECTS FOR THE INDUSTRY

Australian olive oil code of practice implementation (OL13007)

Status: Ongoing project

What’s it all about? The ultimate goal of this project is to enhance consumer confidence in Australian olive products by:

  • Providing a formal mechanism for certification of Australian olive products in both domestic and export markets (including the registration of certification trademarks for olive products)
  • Supporting and monitoring industry compliance with the Australian Standard for olive oil, the ANZFA Food Standards Code, and Australian Consumer Law, through undertaking regular national market surveys
  • Building olive industry skills and capacity through training programs.

What’s the latest update? The project has worked with River Murray Training (RMT) to develop a suite of six accredited e-learning modules for olive producers, to build skills and facilitate implementation of the Australian Olive Association’s Code of Practice. Training topics include implementing a HACCP-style food safety/quality plan, export readiness, and sensory assessment for extra virgin olive oil and table olives.

For access to the online modules, olive producers can register with RMT’s Gill Ireland on 0409 280 387 or at gillian.ireland@r‐m‐t.com.au. With a username and password from Gill, participants can then log on to the website that hosts the training program, www.r‐m‐t‐online.com. The site also features workbooks and other support documents.

Other work in the project has included continued market surveys to monitor compliance against the Australian Standard for olive oil and the voluntary standard for table olives, as well as international standards and regulations. Results are available here.

Other R&D projects of note…
  • Australian olive industry benchmarking program (OL16001), a new project currently being contracted. It will ensure Australian olive growers have easy access to clear, relevant industry benchmarking information – information that can be used to assess the performance of their orchards and business against others, and identify areas for improvement.
  • International Olive Council Committee (OL15002), which will support Australian olive industry attendance at biannual International Olive Council chemists’ meetings. These meetings involve discussion on the technical analysis, grading and regulation of olive oil, among other things. Participation will help ensure Australian olive growers and other industry stakeholders are prepared for any changes to international regulations that may affect trade, and mean Australia’s accredited laboratories that certify domestic products can continue achieving international accreditations.
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