The 2024 program will be available soon.

Below is a copy of the 2023 Conference program.

2023 The National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition Conference Program Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra

CONFERENCE DAY 1:

Thursday October 26, 2023

8:00AM Registration Desk Open  
Session Chair: TBC  
8:30AM Opening  
8:45AM Consumer Market Update Andrew Burgess, Cobram Estate Olives
9:25AM OWI EVOO Health and Nutrition Report – One-Stop Shop for Consumer Q&A Sian Armstrong, Olive Wellness Institute
9.55AM Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors Introductions  
10.25AM Session Round up & Questions  
10:30AM MORNING TEA  
10:45AM Protecting Your Brand IP – Trade Marks Tim Dehelean, IP Australia
11:15AM Table Olive Market Update – Imports, Exports, Food Service and Trends Mimmo Lubrano, Sandhurst Fine Foods
11:45AM High Polyphenol EVOO: Why Do I Want It and How to Get It? Dr Joanna McMillan
12:15PM Pathway Opportunities to Sales Growth Tawnya Bahr, Straight to the Source
12:55PM Session Round up & Questions  
1:00PM SPONSOR PRESENTATION FOLLOWED BY LUNCH
Afternoon Session:
1:30 PM Visit to Local Olive Grove – Fedra Olives
4.30PM DAY 1 CLOSE  
Conference Dinner, 6pm – 9pm, Canberra Institute of Technology Restaurant, Room K110, 37 Constitution Avenue, Reid, Canberra
DAY 2 – Friday 27 October, 2023
8.30AM Registration Desk Open   
Session Chair: TBA
9:00AM New R&D on Xylella Protection Dr Mila Bristow, Hort Innovation
9:25AM  Biosecurity Funding and Farm Labour David Nicholls, Biosecurity Strategy and Reform Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
9:50AM Making use of Olive Waste – Composting Mel Hollick, Peninsula Providore Farm
10:15AM Zero Waste Hub – Dewatering Olive Pomace Andrew Burgess, Cobram Estate Olives
10:25AM Digital Marketing – Big Opportunities for Small Business Lauren Hamilton, Digital Narrative
10:50AM Session Round up & Questions  
11:00AM MORNING TEA  
11:15AM Regenerative Farming and Olives: Sustainability, Carbon and Improved Grove Practices Campbell Mercer, Manna Hill Estate
12:15PM Panel Session – Recovery from Adverse Climatic Events Peter O’Clery, Homeleigh Grove; Ron Baker, Woodside Farm; Jared Bettio, Rio Vista Olives
12:35PM Panel Session – Preparing for Climate Change Michael Thomsett, Earthbound Horticulture, Andrew Taylor, Pendleton Estate
12:55PM Session Round up & Questions  
1:00PM SPONSOR PRESENTATION FOLLOWED BY LUNCH  
Afternoon Session:
1:45PM Interactive cooking demo/class/Q+A with Michelle Southan (Food Director of taste.com.au) and Joanna Savill (Presenter, Food Lovers Guide to Australia)
3:00PM AFTERNOON TEA  
3:30PM Olive oil tasting mini workshop Helen Taylor
4:30PM DAY 2 OFFICIAL CLOSE and THANKYOU Michael Thomsett
Australian International Olive Awards Dinner, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra

 

Supported by:

The National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition is facilitated by the Australian Olive Association, partially funded by Hort Innovation using the Olive R&D levy, with in-kind contributions from the Australian Olive Association and funding from the Australian Government. The event is also supported by a range of industry sponsors and exhibitors, the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian Government.