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The Australian and New Zealand Olive Industry Directory wins Bell Award

The Australian and New Zealand Olive Industry Directory, published by Ryan Publications, was awarded The Best Directory – Electronic or Print Award at the 11th Australian Business and Specialist Publishers’ (ABSP) Bell Awards this year.

More than 230 entries were entered into the Bell Awards for excellence in publishing with 34 trophies going to the top publishers of business-to-business, specialist and niche consumer magazines.

Australian Business and Specialist Publishers’ vine-chairman, Adrian Farrow, said the ABSP Bell Awards have become “a benchmark for publishing standards and an excellent barometer of the industry’s commercial and technical progress as well as the talents of individuals.”

The Olive Industry Directory was published for the first time this year. It lists comprehensive, and easy-to-use data about olive growers and producers in Australia and New Zealand. Plus, a detailed overview of the olive industry, a calendar of events and details on the industry's suppliers, organisations, olive writers and distributors.

Ryan Publications general manager, Anita Donaldson, said the entire team responsible for producing the Olive Industry Directory were thrilled with the result, which was the culmination of months of hard work and effort in the latter part of 2005.

“To win the prestigious Bell Award for best directory with the Olive Industry Directory for our first effort is excellent peer recognition and a great reward for the efforts of Raquel Williams, our Directory listings team and all the staff who designed and produced the new Directory,” she said.

“We wanted to publish the Olive Industry Directory to really put a name to the olive industry in Australia and New Zealand. We feel the inaugural Directory achieved our goal of packaging the many growers, processors, suppliers, consultants and organisations who make up the olive industry in two countries.

“We received excellent feedback about the publication after its release in January 2006, and this continued throughout the year.

“Ryan Publications took the Directory to many field days in South Australia and to the recent Australian Olive Expo in Canberra, and at all times the Directory was received with enthusiasm and also a sense of pride by the industry. We will soon sell out all copies of the inaugural Directory so we have achieved excellent value for the suppliers who chose to support the new Directory with advertising. We hope they have been rewarded with business and promotion during 2006.

“We have also been extremely pleased with the number of new listings that will be in the 2007 Olive Industry Directory, due for publication in January 2007. I think this shows both the continued growth in the Australian and New Zealand olive industries and also the growing awareness of the new Directory amongst olivegrowers and processors.

“All in all, it is an excellent result for Ryan Publications and we are really thrilled to have been recognised with the 2006 Bell Award for Best Directory – electronic or print.”

The runner up of The Best Directory was the 2006 Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory, published by Winetitles, winner of the 2002 & 2003 ABSP Bell Awards for Best Printed Directory of the year & Highly Recommended in 2005.



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