It’s third time lucky for the AOA’s Australian National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition, as the industry prepares to head to Devonport, Tasmania this October. The 2022 Conference will be the first face-to-face national industry event since 2019, after COVID restrictions forced the last two Conferences online.
Pre-Conference field day
This year’s Conference starts with an optional Field Tour, visiting award-winning Lentara Grove at Exeter. One of Tasmania’s oldest olive groves, Lentara is managed using an all-natural philosophy and with an emphasis on avoiding waste. The visit will also provide an opportunity to see progress on canopy management and tree rejuvenation carried out in recent years.
AIOA Presentation Dinner
The field day will be followed by the 2022 Australian International Olive Awards (AIOA) Presentation Dinner, the industry’s most anticipated annual event as the AIOA major winners are announced.
It’s then time to get down to the business of information sharing and learning at the Conference plenary sessions, with a two-day jam-packed program of timely and relevant industry topics. Each finishes with a Q&A session with the presenters, providing the opportunity for clarification and open discussion.
This year’s content covers a diverse range of topics, including: current economic climate, consumer markets, zero waste, getting started in table olive production, EVOO quality, Xylella fastidiosa, promotion and marketing, business value-adding and carbon credits.
Grove management highlights include insight and learnings from the Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project (which has seen an increase in tree production from 5kg to 25kg+ in participating groves via a targeted practice program), mechanical harvesting of table olives, and biennial bearing.
2022 National Olive Industry Trade Exhibition: expert advice and information
An invaluable element of the annual national industry Conference is the Trade Exhibition, held alongside the weekend plenary program.
Exhibitors and sponsors show their support of the industry through their participation in the event, providing personalised information on the latest olive industry-specific products and services. Bringing experts and growers together, the exhibition is an opportunity to discover new ways to improve your grove and production practices, and increase your business profitability.