Australian Olive Industry Survey: Final Comments ~ Part 20

Respondents Final Comments

  • I think the olive industry in Australia is on the decline which is a shame
  • I’m little grower I don’t think my opinion will have any effect as I am not a major grower. These councils only benefit major players
  • The Code of Conduct is the best thing that AOA do to promote quality. All growers should participate
  • I may not have been very helpful as we are a small grower. Wishing you all the best
  • I think that your company has been treated very harshly by the aoa over this survey they should realise that they are not the peak body of the olive industry as they do not fairly represent the small growers
  • knowledge of person for analysis
  • PARAMOUNT: stop calling every oil ‘olive oil’! Consumer need to realize that EXTRA VIRGIN is not OLIVE OIL!  .. I know that this is not simple, but an entire revolution on perception could just be laying undetected inside a name.
  • Pleased to see an independent survey being conducted about the industry. Look forward to finding out more about the Australian olive industry from the survey results. There is very little if no information available / forthcoming from national and state associations, and being a paid member makes no difference to accessing information about the industry. Thanks.
  • Why aren’t paid positions within the Australian Olive Association advertised to the public? The same individuals have held the same positions within the Australian Olive Association for over 10 years.
  • Why is there no breakdown or specific figures detailed within the Annual Report of the Australian Olive Association? eg. breakdown of salaries and wages for specific positions.
  • I think the AOA has been very exclusive in its approach to members, overbearing to its approach to the regional associations, and non-existent to consumers. This organisation needs a complete overhaul.
  • Very long survey – please consider shortening in the future.
  • Great initiative. Looking forward to the results.
  • keep up with good work and look after our industry and the growers so that the consumers are confident of purchasing the Australian product.
  • If Olives Australia in 1999 had told me that olives in Tasmania ripened in late June-July and frost could destroy ripening fruit, plus the fruit of small oil varieties could be easily consumed whole by medium size birds, I would not have planted olive trees. However, together with others producing the world’s most nutritious olive oil in this State has been a most exciting experience. It is unfortunate that the AOA don’t promote that the nutritional chemistry attributes of olive oil varies with geographical latitude and local micro-climate.(Unlike that the inclusion in the NOVA report, the AOA web site FAQ would not include that the fatty acid components vary with a grove’s geographical latitude.I was told that they would not promote regional nutritional quality attributes.)
  • need more unity
  • Any major olive association should represent australian brands globally in any conference
  • 1.  The cost of chemicals/poisons are far too expensive to control lace bug.  2. Our olive grove was always in a marginal area with climate. With the onslaught of Climate Change, and no winter chill as in the past, this is the end of production in our area Wonbah, near Mt. Perry Qld.
  • The assoc is too self-centered
  • Well done on this initiative
  • This survey is far too long and complicated.
  • Q69 – we have sales ~$10,000. question doesn’t seem to allow that answer
  • The olive grove I have is mainly a holiday farm, not really any kind of business.
  • only have approx. 550 trees
  • I think the industry has the problem of being dominated by a few corporate growers/ processors and the viability of remaining small is difficult if growers cannot control the value adding in the supply chain. 45k for a small olive mill is too expensive relative to sales. Make processing cheaper and having a dynamic multifaceted industry with many small players will benefit the entire industry. Let the big end of town sell the generic oil to the supermarkets and let the small end generate the creativity and variation.

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