Home' Grower : February 2011 Contents 4
The South Australian Grower -- February 2011
AFTER scooping the
award for Australia's Best
Olives and for Australia's
Best Kalamatas this year, Talinga
Grove is fast becoming the name
on all dedicated food lovers' lips.
When people taste their
delicious fruit, this is not so hard
to believe - what is hard to
believe is that the owners have
been running the business for less
than three years.
Emily and Paul Jenke, along
with Emily's parents Bob and
Christine Gilliver, bought Talinga
Grove, Strathalbyn, in the hope
of producing something
themselves, all the way from
paddock to plate.
They have since turned the
business into a national success
and Emily says they did it by
concentrating on two things -
quality and branding.
"We took some big steps early
on, ones that we couldn't really
afford but we had to do anyway,"
"We really focussed on where
we wanted to be in the market,
which was producing top-end
olives and olive oil that people
would buy because they liked the
taste of ours better than the grove
With no olive growing
experience at all, the family has
had to learn along the way,
making their success even sweeter.
"It has totally blown us away,
especially considering we were up
against amazing producers who
have been growing olives for
more than thirty years - that's
Talinga's kalamata olives are
hand picked before being
naturally fermented for six
months in vats of rain water and
This age-old Greek method of
fermentation softens the fruit,
making it less bitter and much
But consumers haven't just
fallen in love with Talinga
Grove's table olives.
THE 2010 Shonky Awards, which
recognise the shonkiest, meanest and
silliest rip-offs and scams - handed
out by consumer group Choice -
awarded eight companies and
products this year, warning
consumers to be as vigilant as ever.
One of these awards was given to
the quality of olive oil in Australia.
Choice claims it "tested 28 brands
of extra virgin olive oil and found half
were nothing of the sort due to poor
Cheaper imported olive oil with
much lower quality control and
standards continue to be the biggest
challenge facing Australia's olive
While Australian Extra Virgin olive oil
must meet stringent conditions and
follow a code of practice to be
labelled as such, overseas producers
The AOA is combatting this with
marketing and awareness campaigns,
educating Australians on why they
should be buying Australian olive oil.
Choice tested 28 brands of extra
virgin olive oil and found them far
from up to scratch, with the worst
coming from Italy and Spain.
Nine of the top 10 brands tested
were Australian, and the group
recommends that a consumer's best
bet for finding a good product is to
buy home-grown oils. Freshness is
essential to the quality of extra virgin
olive oils, so local oils have the edge
over imported as they are able to
reach the supermarket shelf faster.
They are also advocating for extra
virgin olive oil to be regulated under
the Food Standards Code, with
mandatory requirements that all olive
oils labelled 'extra virgin' meet basic
purity and quality standards for the
duration of their expected shelf life,
as well as carry a suitable date so
that consumers are able to choose
the freshest oils.
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Production: 6,700t (olive oil), 330t (table olives)
Trees: 2 million
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