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6th Annual Australian Organic Industry Awards 2019 Winners Announced

6th Annual Australian Organic Industry Awards 2019 Winners Announced

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WINERY AND NEW SOUTH WALES’ EGG FARMER TAKE OUT TOP PRIZES AT 2019 6TH ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC INDUSTRY AWARDS

It was a big night for two rural organic producers at the 2019 6th Annual Australian Organic Industry Awards with McClaren Vale’s Angove Family Winemakers awarded Business of the Year and Llandilo’s Petar Pirovic crowned Farmer of the Year.

Angove, who were also up for two other awards including Export Market Leader, and Certified Organic Alcohol Product of the Year for their Organic Shiraz Cabernet, has been producing wine for more than 100 years across five generations.

John Angove of Angove Family Winemakers

The business ensures that all 500 hectares of their vineyards are managed organically, making them one of the largest and most successful certified organic winemakers in Australia. Their weeds are controlled without herbicides, instead using native pasture grasses, tillage and slashing. Fungal diseases are controlled using natural products, and pests are managed by encouraging natural predators.

Meanwhile, third generation egg farmer Petar Pirovic from NSW triumphed over cattle farmers Ian Scholes of Blackall, and Bloss Hickson of Rolleston, to win the coveted Farmer of the Year award.

Petar Pirovic, Pirovic Family Farms

Pirovic was awarded the top prize for his farm’s ongoing dedication to their 600 customers including independent fruit shops, grocers, organic retailers and food manufacturers. The business attributes its ongoing success to its staff who are trained in several quality assurance practices and safety standards, including the Australian Certified Organic Standard.

Other top recipients on the night included Tasmanian biotech company Marinova, producers of high purity seaweed extracts for the health market who took out Export Market Leader; Queensland company Arcadian who were awarded Certified Organic Food Product of the Year for their Cleaver’s Organic Beef Lasagne; and Victoria’s Simon Schulz, from Timboon’s Schulz Organic Dairy, who won Young Organic Leader.

The awards were held in Melbourne last night (Friday, November 15) at Tallows event space in Kensington. Hosted by leading industry group Australian Organic, the awards celebrate annually the outstanding and innovative contributions members of the nation’s organic industry have made over the past year, showcasing innovative products, businesses and individuals.

The night was emceed by 2019 Australian Organic ambassador Elle Halliwell in front of more than 200 people which also included MP Danielle Green.

This year judges say entrants exceeded expectations. “With so many innovative new products, successful business stories and extraordinary individuals, this year’s finalists are a true credit to our industry which has quickly become one of the most dynamic markets in Australia,” said Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford.

Australian Organic Ltd (AOL) is the leading industry peak body representing the interests of Australian certifiers and operators. Ms Ford said Australian Organic works closely with Australian government departments to ensure organic certification remains robust while also ensuring consumers are getting what they pay for through promoting awareness of certification marks like the Bud logo, now recognized by more than 50 per cent of organic consumers. Consumers should always look for a certification mark when choosing organic products, so they don’t get fooled at the register.

Australian Organic received a huge amount of high-quality entries for this year’s awards. The full list of winners is below:

PRODUCT CATEGORIES 

Certified Organic Food Product of the Year
Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co. – Cleaver’s Organic Beef Lasagne; Toowoomba, QLD

Certified Organic Non-Food Product of the Year
Aus Organic Feeds – Aus Organic Feeds Retail Range of Certified Organic Chicken Feeds; Greenmount, QLD

Certified Organic Alcohol Product of the Year
Gemtree Wines, The 2019 Luna Temprana Tempranillo by Gemtree Wines; McLaren Flat, SA

Certified Organic Non-Alcohol Product of the Year
Teelixir Pty Ltd – Mushroom Cacao Latte Starring Reishi and Rose; Woori Yallock, VIC

Certified Organic Cosmetic Product of the Year
Ahria International Pty Ltd – Ahria Organics Herbal Essences Cream; St Ives, NSW

Best New Organic Certified Product
TOM Organic Pty Ltd – TOM Organic Applicator Tampons; St Kilda, VIC

INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

Best Organic Industry Innovator
Australian Organic Food Co; Braeside, VIC

Best Organic Influencer/Educator
Aimee Marks – TOM Organic; St Kilda, VIC

Young Organic Leader
Simon Schulz – Schulz Organic Dairy; Timboon, VIC

Export Market Leader
Marinova Pty Ltd; Cambridge, TAS

Retailer of the Year
Organic Angels; Torquay, VIC

Farmer of the Year
Petar Pirovic – Pirovic Family Farms; Llandilo, NSW

Business of the Year
Angove Family Winemakers; Magill, SA

Chairman’s Award
Vanya Cullen; Wilyabrup, WA

Hall of Fame
Mal Flannery; Gold Coast, QLD

Organic products are incredibly popular in Australia, with demand growing consistently year on year. The Australian Organic Market Report 2019 revealed local demand for certified organic products is skyrocketing with $1.93 billion dollars generated in domestic sales for 2018 across a wide range of products. The figure is up $256 million from domestic sales of $1.67 billion for 2017 with the total Australian organic industry now worth $2.6 billion and growing year on year.

It also found 65 per cent of Australian households are now buying some sort of organic product or produce yearly – an annual rise of five per cent. Vegetables, beef, non-alcoholic beverages, fruit, ready to eat foods, nuts and cosmetics/health products are the most in demand items. Demand from overseas countries for Australian organic exports is also continuing to forge ahead with the amount of total export tonnage for 2018 having grown by 13 per cent since 2017. Over the last year, 30,155 tonnes of organic produce and products were exported to 61 different countries.

Martin Meek, Chairman of Australian Organic, said seeing the organic industry expand exponentially was a testament to its many quality producers. “Australian Organic is 32 years old this year and, along with many of our members, we have seen organics grow from a fringe cottage industry to one of the fastest growing mainstream categories and a significant export earner,” he said.

“This rapid growth, whilst exciting for industry, comes with challenges. It’s the role of Australian Organic to help members navigate these challenges. We have a four-pronged tactic outlined in our strategic plan and we’re committed to securing domestic legislation for certified organics in Australia in 2020.”

Mr Meek said in particular, fake organic products are the number one competitor to genuine certified organic products in the Australian domestic marketplace. “These awards help raise awareness, emphasise the importance of certification, and highlights our certified Bud logo which is the most recognised organic brand in the country.

“Despite any challenges, it is an exciting and dynamic time to be a part of the Australian organic industry. AOL was there at the very beginning and has built a strong infrastructure so it can be a significant resource well into the future.”

FULL EVENT PHOTO GALLERY COMING SOON!

For enquiries and to interview any winners or Australian Organic representatives please contact:

Fleur Michell
Account Manager – Connect PR
P: 0407 077 493
E: fleur@connect-pr.com.au

Register for the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference & Expo 2019

Register for the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference & Expo 2019

On-farm renewables are a valuable opportunity for farmers to cut costs and emissions. This inaugural event brings together farmers, agriculture and energy consultants, peak bodies and Government representatives to share stories of on-farm renewables, their business case and discuss what’s driving the transformation of energy use in agriculture.

The Expo offers farmers the chance to speak to credible renewable energy suppliers about
opportunities for their property. Post Conference, network with a glass of red or white produced by SeeSaw Winery using solar.

National Renewables in Agriculture Conference and Expo
14 November 2019
9am – 4.30pm / Networking drinks 4:30pm – 6pm
The Range Function Centre
308 Copland Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

To register and for the full program visit: renewablesinagconference.com.au

 

Second Phase of Australian Organic Project Now Open

Second Phase of Australian Organic Project Now Open

Government Funded Business Opportunity Available

Australian Organic has partnered with the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme to offer members the opportunity to join the second phase of the Organic Supplier’s Development Project.

Australian Organic has partnered with the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme to offer members the opportunity to join the second phase of the Organic Supplier’s Development Project.

The first phase has been successfully completed with all businesses involved commenting they were impressed with the results;

“We are grateful for this assistance. Things are progressing well and we will continue to move forward.” Michael Evans – Technical Director, Applied Nutrition.

Australian Organic and EP are offering members the opportunity to participate in the second phase fully-funded, free-of-chargeSupplier Development Project.

Details of how you can access this opportunity are below. The opportunity is limited in number and only available to companies with turnover of $1.5million pa, so apply today.

CONTACT:

James Scotland
Project Manager – Supplier Development Projects
Supply Chain Facilitation
AusIndustry – Innovation Programmes
M: 0437 490 110 | E: james.scotland@aigroup.com.au
www.business.gov.au

BTi Logistics Achieves Organic Certification for its Melbourne Warehouse

BTi Logistics Achieves Organic Certification for its Melbourne Warehouse

BTi Logistics’ Melbourne warehouse recently achieved certification as an organic handler. BTi Logistics is an Australian owned third-party logistics provider and freight forwarder, with 32 years of expertise in shipping. 

In 2018, BTi Logistics opened the gates to their newest branch located in Brisbane, along with its accompanying warehouse of 3,000sqm – an addition to their pre-existing organically certified Melbourne warehouse of 10,000sqm. 

Today, BTi Logistics has grown to 3 branches on a national level (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane), including one in New Zealand and another one in Singapore. As a 3PL provider, they have the flexibility to accommodate a range of shipments, regardless of their complexity. While as an organically certified freight forwarder, BTi has the capability to help you and your organic goods exploit new overseas markets. 

BTi Logistics is also accredited as an Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) and is considered lower risk. This means that shipments handled by BTi are less likely to face border holds or other processing delays. Therefore, BTi’s clients who also have their ATT accreditation, will enjoy priority processing benefits and hence, receive their stock sooner. 

ORGANIC ACCREDITATION

BTi Logistics‘ Melbourne warehouse received accreditation via ACO Certification Ltd, as a certified organic handler. This comes in addition to their pre-existing Approved Arrangement for Export of Non-Refrigerated dairy products. Interestingly, BTi are one of the select few logistics providers in Victoria that hold organic certification, and therefore can handle warehousing, distribution and export of organic products. Here, it is important to remember that if you are an organic goods seller, each entity within your supply chain that interacts with your goods, needs to have their certified organic accreditation. 

“BTi joined the movement for long-term environmental sustainability as we believe that each individual/entity is a part of something bigger and a good ecological balance can come through organic agriculture. Essentially, we wanted to be able to support businesses actively involved in producing or selling organic products. That’s why, in addition to our certification, BTi also became a member of Australian Organic Ltd, the leading industry body for organics, with the aim to have a more active role in the organic industry.” 

SERVICES

BTi Logistics offers the full suite of supply chain services including air freight, sea freight, customs brokerage and third-party fulfilment. Understanding that each business has its own freight forwarding needs, BTi have partnered with a range of shipping lines and airlines, enabling them to design tailored, cost-saving solutions for their clients. BTi also provide exceptional in-house customs clearance services, through senior brokers with solid industry reputation and knowledge. 

BTi’s Melbourne warehouse premises is quarantine approved, with bonded and general space available – and is now certified organic. Their Melbourne facility is also licensed to store and export non-refrigerated dairy products. 

“Our aim is to become an extension of your business, rather than just a service provider, and we do this by creating long lasting relationships through exceptional customer service, transparency and flexibility.”

Contact BTi today for a FREE shipping quote:

Tel: +61 (3) 8336 9000
Email: hello@btilogistics.com.au

For more information about BTi Logistics and their services, visit their website btilogistics.com.au or contact them via the details above.

 Take a video tour of BTi Logistics Melbourne Warehouse

 

Finalists Announced for the 2019 Australian Organic Annual Industry Awards

Finalists Announced for the 2019 Australian Organic Annual Industry Awards

The Australia Organic Industry will honour 2019’s highest achievers at an upcoming gala event – Australian Organic Industry Awards. Now in its sixth year, the awards will be held in Melbourne at event space The Tallows, Kensington, on Friday, November 15.

Hosted by peak industry body Australian Organic Ltd, the awards will celebrate the outstanding and innovative contributions members of the organic industry have made over the past year, showcasing leading products, businesses and individuals.

Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford commented, “Each year we celebrate the immense contribution certified organic operators give to the organic industry. These Awards are the pinnacle of our yearly celebrations and are a great opportunity to acknowledge the diverse industry at a special event.”

This year’s judging panel reported that entrants exceeded expectations once again: “With so many innovative new products, successful business stories and extraordinary individuals this year’s finalists are a true credit to our industry which has quickly become one of the most dynamic markets in Australia.”

The Australian Organic Market Report 2019 revealed local demand for certified organic products is skyrocketing with $1.93 billion dollars generated in domestic sales for 2018 across a wide range of products. The figure is up $256 million from domestic sales of $1.67 billion for 2017 with the total Australian organic industry now worth $2.6 billion and growing year on year.

It also found 65 per cent of Australian households are now buying some sort of organic product or produce yearly – an annual rise of five per cent. Vegetables, beef, non-alcoholic beverages, fruit, ready to eat foods, nuts and cosmetics/ health products are the most in demand items. Demand from overseas countries for Australian organic exports is also continuing to forge ahead with the amount of total export tonnage for 2018 having grown by 13 per cent since 2017. Over the last year, 30,155 tonnes of organic produce and products were exported to 61 different countries.

This year Australian Organic received a huge amount of high-quality entries for this year’s awards.

Farmers lead a celebration of the shared values  of all Australians – NFF

Farmers lead a celebration of the shared values of all Australians – NFF

Australian farmers hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Australians, with people from all walks of life giving generously and providing a myriad of support during times in need.

However, new research by the National Farmers’ Federation reveals over two thirds of urban dwellers have no connection to farming, agriculture or rural Australia*.

To restore the connection, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has launched a new initiative We Are Australian Farmers – celebrating the shared values of all Australians in an effort to close the divide between city and country and challenge some of the dated perceptions of farming.

Launching at the NFF’s 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner in Canberra last night, We Are Australian Farmers embraces the similarities between Australian farmers and their city counterparts, exploring the shared moments, challenges and opportunities which are faced every day as we work toward common goals.

“With important issues such as food security, animal welfare and the environment top of mind for many, Australian agriculture has never had a more important story to tell,” NFF President and Liverpool Plains farmer Fiona Simson said.

“We believe the widening disconnect between rural Australians and urban-based communities has resulted in a knowledge gap about how food and fibre is produced.

“At a fundamental level, whether you live in the city or country, we are all motivated at a base level by the same values.

“We all live in the same modern world and share the same progressive values,” Fiona said.

“And, it’s these values that influence farmers everyday in their production of produce to feed and nurture Australians.”

Fiona said We Are Australian Farmers was the start of an enduring and wide-ranging initiative by the NFF, and supported by Meat and Livestock Australia, to reconnect urban with rural, and help people understand the story behind the food and fibre that nourishes and nurtures our families every day.

The new research from the NFF showed that:

• Six in ten adults have a positive opinion of the farming and agricultural industry in Australia (63%)
• Almost eight in ten Australians agree our farmers, farming and agriculture make an important contribution to the national economy (79%) and society (77%).
• Yet two thirds of Australians said they felt they had no real connection to farmers, agriculture or rural Australia
• The research pointed to emerging community interest about certain aspects of agriculture – going to how and why farmers do what they do, especially when it comes to the environment and animals in their care
• When asked about their knowledge of farming and agriculture 85% said they knew something, but this was only superficial knowledge, with 58% claiming to know ‘only a little’

About the Study
*The research was conducted by JWS Research in September 2019 on behalf of the National Farmers Federations involving a representative sample of over 1,000 Australians.

To learn more about Australian Farming or find out how you can get involved, visit www.farmers.org.au