The quality of Australia’s 2013 harvest olive oils promises to be the best in a decade, according to Rob McGavin, co-founder of Cobram Estate, Australia’s most awarded extra virgin olive oil producer.
With harvest complete at Cobram Estate’s three groves, McGavin has also predicted that overall Victorian olive oil production will increase by over 160% from last year’s harvest. Victoria produces around 70%-75% of the nation’s olive oil.
“Based on the results we have seen so far, from both taste panels and international competitions, the quality of Australia’s 2013 harvest olive oils is the best in a decade,” commented McGavin.
“That this has happened at the same time as we achieve a bumper crop is a bonus for Australian consumers,” he said.
Whilst Australian consumers have adopted olive oil as their favourite cooking oil, accounting for over 60% of retail sales, many consumers are still unaware how to evaluate olive oil in a bottle. The key message for Australian consumers is that the higher the quality and the fresher the oil is, the greater the health benefits.