TOOWOOMBA, QLD:  Dr Aseem Malhotra, International Cardiologist from the UK,  who is leading an influential international campaign on health and Mediterranean diet and will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Olive Exposium.
Dr Malhotra presents Roots of the Mediterranean Diet speaks out against the demonisation of fats in foods & diets and sets straight the role of healthy fats in the Mediterranean Diet, particularly of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Dr Richard Gawel and Amanda Bailey at the Royal Adelaide Olive Awards. Olive Exposium announced at this dinner in September 2016.

“Future direction, insight and innovation… making ideas happen” will be the focus of the 2017 Olive Exposium.  Other international and nationally renowned speakers include Paul Vossen and Rick Cummisford from the USA and Australia’s own international olive oil sensory scientist and international olive oil judge, Dr Richard Gawel.

Dr Malhotra and other speakers will share their experiences and expertise on a range of topics including; health and diet, new labelling rules, health claims, marketing, biosecurity, pest & diseases, table olives, olive oil gastronomy, olive oil tasting, raising the bar of quality, value adding, irrigation, niche marketing and more.

The program, which includes more than 20 international and national speakers, will look at delivering answers and providing directions to overcome some of the biggest challenges and issues facing the Australian Olive Industry.

Registration is now open for the Conference, which will be hosted at Serafino by the Lake, McLaren Vale, South Australia during 7-9 February 2017.


“We are thrilled to host Dr Aseem Malhotra,  Paul Vossen, Rick Cummisford and other renowned speakers at 2017 Conference,” said Amanda Bailey, Director of The Olive Centre. “These speakers are some of the best in the world and are leaders in their fields.  Their collective wisdom challenges you to make the most of your olive grove, brand and marketing operation– no matter where you are in the Industry from Grower through to Retailer, there is something for everyone involved to gain insight to enhance their business.”

Limited tickets are available to attend this exclusive event and can be booked at  www.oliveexposium.com

Early bird offer available till 15th December 2016

The COUNTDOWN has begun!

For information or Media Passes please contact:

Amanda Bailey
The Olive Centre
t:  0403 498 645
e:  amanda@theolivecentre.com.au
w: http://www.oliveexposium.com

About Dr Aseem Malhotra
Dr Aseem Malhotra is known as an influential cardiologist from Britain and a world leading expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease. Dr Aseem Malhotra is successfully leading the campaign against excess sugar consumption and health. The award-winning NHS cardiologist has successfully motivated leading academics, the media, and politicians to make sugar reduction a health priority in the UK by publishing commentaries in the BMJ and mainstream media.

 When he is not working as a doctor in the National Health Service, Aseem Malhotra reigns supreme in his fight to raise awareness about the health benefits of a sugar-free diet, maintaining that sugar deserves its reputation as “Public Health Enemy Number 1”. His no-holds-barred approach to challenging common health beliefs is proving highly effective in getting medical professionals and social authorities from around the world to sit up and take notice. He is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.
Aseem supports studies that implicate sugar as the number one culprit driving obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and has worked with a leading sports scientist to dispel the myth that links physical inactivity and obesity. The British Journal of Sports Medicine published their editorial providing evidence that sugar and excess carbohydrates were primarily responsible for the global surge in type 2 diabetes and obesity. A subsequent commentary Aseem wrote in the Washington Post had over 1.1 million page views. He has since become one of the leading doctors in the world fighting the obesity epidemic, named on a list of anti-obesity activists that includes Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg.
Dr Malhotra is instrumental setting straight some of the key messages in relation to health and diet and at the forefront of that message is the Mediterranean Diet…   Read more

About Paul Vossen
Paul Vossen has recently retired from the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).  He has been a Farm Advisor with UCCE in California since 1980.  Throughout this time his research has focused on efficient fruit harvest for small-scale growers, olive fruit fly control, organic cultural practices, comparison of different mill equipment types, comparing oil cultivars growing in different climatic regions of California, and the influence of tree irrigation on olive oil sensory qualities.  He also conducts olive pruning demonstrations every year and his on-line pruning video for olive trees has been one of the most visited sites on the UC-Sonoma webpage.  He coordinated 15 California Olive Oil Production Short Courses and taught 26 Olive Oil Sensory Evaluation Courses in the US and internationally to train producers, consumers, and marketers, about high-quality olive oil.  He was a founder of the California Olive Oil Council, UC Davis Olive Center, and he developed the first olive oil taste panel in the USA to become recognised by the International Olive Oil Council.  Paul has been the panel leader for the UCCE taste panel in Santa Rosa, CA.  He has been an olive oil judge and has trained other judges for several olive oil competitions all over the world.  As former UC researcher and educator he has written several book chapters, peer-reviewed scientific papers, newsletters, and popular press articles about olive oil production, processing, and sensory evaluation.  In retirement, Paul now works as a private consultant helping producers all over the world make and market the best olive oil possible.  Read more

 About Rick Cummisford
Rick Cummisford holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Bradley University, where he excelled in Organic Chemistry. His career of over twenty years has taken him through many aspects of the fats and oils industry, from applied sciences in specialised applications, process development, and engineering projects to sales of oleochemical products to upper management roles overseeing research and development, product development, quality assurance & control, and regulatory. He works directly with many customers and provides consultations for a variety of processes, products, and applications. For almost fifteen years, he has been with Columbus Vegetable Oils in a leadership position for development in a variety of industries and markets. He has been interviewed and quoted in several industry circulations, included in professional expert situations, and presented for local and national trade organisations.  Read more

About Dr Richard Gawel
Richard Gawel is a long-term appointee as head judge of over 70 national and international extra virgin olive oil competitions including the Australian National, and the Los Angeles and Tokyo Internationals. Richard trained and headed Australia’s first International Olive Council accredited panel. He was the inaugural lecturer in sensory science at the University of Adelaide, and later lectured in food and wine matching at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. He developed the current nationally recognised TAFE certificate level unit in olive oil assessment.  Read more

****  Dr Malhotra is not receiving a speaker fee, travel or accommodation expenses for this event.


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