Tasmanian Olive Oil producers are eyeing off opportunities in the Chinese export market

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“Production has increased quite a bit in the last few years … and I think there’s a general consensus among producers that we need to be sending some oil out of the state,” Mr O’Neil said.

Tasmania’s cool climate produced some of the best quality oil in the country and, because of the small size of most Tasmanian groves, the fruit was picked by hand.

Olive harvesting is in full swing. With his wife Carol, Mr O’Neil presses olives for about 15 groves.

“It has been a very good season so far and we haven’t had any severe frosts, which is what we don’t want,” Mrs O’Neil said.

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