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More than 100 industry participants attended the recent series of six table olive workshops, organised by the AOA and conducted across Australia by South African table olive specialist Linda Costa of OlivesInFact.

The full-day program covered all aspects of table olive production and marketing, from varietal options and processing methods to food safety and consumer demand. Questions were welcomed and participants took full advantage of the opportunity to gain answers to both individual and general queries, along with solutions to some previously head-scratching production experiences.

Group discussions also featured strongly throughout the workshops and, along with shared tastings of participants’ and sample table olives, made for a dynamic and interactive learning experience for all.

Participants left with a wealth of new knowledge and some great ‘take home’ messages, including the need to use and properly calibrate fermentation monitoring equipment.

For those who couldn’t attend, and participants wanting a refresher, workshop presentations and a video recording of the Adelaide workshop are now available on the OliveBiz website here.

And supporting slides are also available for the following presentations:

The June edition of the R&D Insights lift-out will feature more detailed coverage of the workshops, including participant feedback and comments from Linda Costa about Australian table olive production and potential.  You’ll find it in the June edition of Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor and on the OliveBiz website, where you can also access all previous editions.