Wairarapa Olive Grower Wins Top National Award

Bunnys Loopline Olives AwardA Wairarapa olive oil company has proven it has the good oil, scooping the top prize in the New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards.

Kate and Mark Bunny, owners of Loopline Olives, won the Best in Show prize on Saturday with their picholine variety olive oil.

The awards, which are run by Olives New Zealand, the national organisation for olive oil growers, recognise excellence in certified extra virgin olive oil.

See the full Wairarapa Times-Age story here.

You can see the full list of awards here.

Another Award for The Olive Press

The Olive Press (TOP) received the “Best Processor” Award from Olives NZ in the 2014 competition.

The 2014 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards saw plenty of competition for Best Processor, with The Olive Press, Wairarapa beating out Waipara Olive Press and The Olive Place for the top award.

You can see the full list of awards here.

NZ’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards – Simply the Best

Entries in New Zealand’s most prestigious competition for extra virgin olive oil closed on Friday 6th September, with a total of 75 entries received.

The 2013 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards have attracted entries from the major olive growing regions across the country.

The Awards judging will be carried out at Massey University’s specialist food tasting laboratory at their Albany Campus from 16th to 18th September.

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TOP Leases Significant Wairarapa Grove

The Olive Press (TOP) has recently finalised a deal to take over management and maintenance of a 1,100 tree grove in Carterton, Wairarapa.

The grove owner expressed some relief when the deal was done. “I’m getting on a bit,” she said. “TOP will be able to maximise return on our grove which has been rather neglected in recent years.”

The deal was for a five year lease with two five-year rights of renewal.

Taiwan claims Italian olive pomace oil contains green colorant

Olitalia is the latest exporter to have its olive pomace oil rejected by Taiwan for allegedly containing the green colorant copper chlorophyll.

Amid international concerns about the certainty of its testing, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has announced that a nearly 17-ton shipment from the Italian supplier must be either destroyed or returned because the compound was detected in it.

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Spanish olive oil body to invest €5 million in India, SE Asia

‘Join the olive oil revolution’ — this is the message spread across outdoor hoardings in Mumbai. The category has got a fresh boost with healthy ad spends, courtesy Interprofessional Olive Oil from Spain, which is the professional body representing the olive oil industry in Spain. It has marked an investment of €5 million in India and South East Asia for the next three years.

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