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06.01.2022 | Organics regulatory framework up for discussion

The organic industry’s regulatory framework is up for discussion with a consultation process underway. Consumers, organic farmers, food manufacturers and exporters are encouraged to provide input to the consultation which will focus on potential regulatory or non-regulation options across all players in the supply chain, including small businesses.

08.12.21 | Organic industry celebrates small win in push for mandatory produce labelling to stop ‘consumer confusion’

Australia’s $2.6 billion organic industry is celebrating a small win in a long-running battle to push for mandatory organic produce labelling, with the Federal Government calling for public consultation on the matter.

26.11.21 | Organic industry celebrates milestone victory towards establishing a mandatory standard for use of the word ‘organic’

Australia’s $2.6 billion organic industry is celebrating a milestone in establishing a mandatory standard for use of the word ‘organic’ following an Australian Government announcement today calling for public consultation on the matter.

18.11.21 | Celebrating organic excellence

Australia’s $2 billion organic industry is celebrating leading brands and individuals who are among the finalists of the seventh Australian Organic Annual Industry Awards.

18.11.21 | Australia’s growing organic meat industry recognised at Awards

Standout performers in Australia’s red meat sector were recognised at Australian Organic Ltd’s annual industry awards, held online last Friday. The AOL Awards showcase excellence in the nation’s rapidly growing $2 billion plus organic industry, of which meat protein makes up 40 per cent of all organic production.

17.11.21 | Arson attack inspires Mick Dan, Australia's new Organic Farmer of the Year

An arson attack proved to be the fire that forged Australian Organic Limited’s (AOL) new Organic Farmer of the Year.

16.11.21 | 2021 Australian organic industry award winners announced

Toowoomba-based global supplier of premium certified organic and natural meat, Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co, has won the Business of the Year Award at the Australian Organic Industry Awards.

26.10.21 | Aspiring wine judge joins Australian Organic Wine Awards judging panel through new scholarship empowering women in wine

Australian Organic Limited (AOL), the peak body for the organic sector, created the 12-month program to foster the talent of high performing women in the wine industry. Trained sommelier, writer, and aspiring wine judge, Olivia Evans, has been announced as the successful recipient of the 2021 Australian Organic Wine Awards Associate Scholarship.

20.09.21 | COVID-19 sparks a boom in organic grocery purchases

A widespread switch to organic groceries is among the many pandemic-inspired changes in consumer behaviour. Millions of Australians have been adding more organic items to their trolley since the beginning of 2020, according to the latest Australian Organic Market Report, a move believed to be spurred by heightened awareness around health and environmental factors.

16.09.21 | MasterChef Andy leads the organic call

September is Australian Organic Awareness Month 2021 and the official ambassador, MasterChef Australia judge and renowned chef Andy Allen is calling for Australian households to ‘swap in’ certified-organic products.

13.09.21 | Andy Allen dishes up new role to promote organic foods

Andy Allen’s secret to a healthy diet in lockdown is choosing organic foods. As an ambassador for Australian Organics Awareness Month, the MasterChef co-host says the best part of choosing these foods is knowing exactly what you are putting in your body.

16.08.21 | Melbourne retailer echoes clearer labelling demands

Improved labelling of organic products will streamline the consumer buying process according to Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, which has echoed Australian Organic Limited’s call for mandatory labelling on all certified products.

21.07.21 | Calls for mandatory certification logos on all organic products to build consumer trust

Australian Organic Limited (AOL) is calling for mandatory organic certification marks to be used on all organic products, after new research revealed a large number of shoppers believed they had previously been misled by organic labelling.

21.07.21 | Raise a glass of organic red on Shiraz Day

Australia celebrates Shiraz Day on July 22 and it’s the perfect time to sip one of our oldest and most iconic wine varietals. The inaugural Shiraz Day was launched last year by Mastermind Consulting, which realised that while there were international celebrations of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Rosé, just to name a few, Shiraz didn’t have a day to call its own. The event is now held on the fourth Thursday of July each year.

13.07.21 | Mike Bennie to Chair 2021 Australian Organic Wine Awards

Well-known wine judge and writer Mike Bennie has been named as chair of judges for the 2021 Australian Organic Wine Awards. The awards, presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE and Australian Organic, will be judged in September, with the winners featured in Gourmet Traveller WINE.

08.07.21 | Demand for Organic Produce Soars in Australia Following Pandemic

Millions of Australians have turned to organic food since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and more than half of shoppers have purchased certified organic in the last year, according to the Australian Organic Market Report 2021, compiled by Australian Organic Limited.

01.07.21 | Australians’ appetite for organic surges during pandemic

Organic household penetration and annual spend in Australia both jumped in 2020, helping deliver strong market growth during the pandemic. But shopper confidence continues to “undermined” by the absence in Australia of a mandatory domestic standard for organic.

15.06.21 | Millions of consumers have turned to organic food since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic

Millions of consumers have turned to organic food since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic and more than half of all Australian shoppers have purchased certified organic in the last year, according to the new Australian Organic Market Report 2021 released by Australian Organic Limited today.

31.05.21 | Organic certification demands highlighted at Naturally Good

The importance of organic certification in unlocking growing domestic and export markets and building consumer trust was highlighted at The State of Play in Organics seminar held by peak industry body, Australian Organic Limited (AOL), at Naturally Good 2021 in Sydney on Sunday.

02.05.21 | Growers and industry push for mandatory organic produce labelling to stop consumer confusion

Certified growers and industry are pushing for mandatory regulation and certification of organic produce in Australia to improve consumer confidence and secure the industry’s reputation.

16.04.21 | Angove Family takes gold in Organic Wine Awards

South Australian certified organic winemaker Angove Family Winemakers has won a gold medal for its 2019 Naturalis Organic Cabernet Sauvignon at the latest Australian Organic Wine Awards.

15.04.21 | Why Australians can’t get enough of organic wine

Drinks Digest spoke to Tim Boydell, Angove Family Winemakers Director of Sales and Marketing, and Niki Ford, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Organic, about the organic wine boom and its future in Australia.

01.04.21 | Retail World Magazine April 2021, An Organic Overview

Changes in Australian lifestyles have provided the ideal growth opportunity for the organics industry, says Australian Organic.

19.03.21 | Wine producer backs domestic 'organic' regulations

A major Australian organic wine producer has backed calls standardised domestic regulations to protect markets and enhance consumer confidence.

09.03.21 | Organic farm regulation needed

Victoria’s largest organic producer, Wattle Organic Farms, is echoing the industry’s cry for the Federal Government to create a domestic regulation for the organic sector.

03.02.2021 | Pressure on to weed out fake organic claims

PRODUCERS and branded beef exporters are stepping up the pressure for an enforced domestic standard guaranteeing food labelled organic is certified, saying the lack of such regulation is now costing millions in lost market opportunity.

20.01.2021 | WA winemaker to drive organic industry changes

One of the State’s best-known winemakers is the sole WA representative in a new national group hoping to revamp domestic regulation of the organic industry. Cullen Wines managing director and chief winemaker Vanya Cullen was this month appointed to the Federal Government’s Organics Advisory Group.

08.01.2021 | Mandatory Organic Certification One Step Closer

The Federal Government is convening an advisory group to look into mandatory certification for all food and products labelled as “organic”.

29.09.2020 | Ex-Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis reveals how he 'rebuilt himself'

Lincoln has been passionately encouraging and advocating the benefits of organic produce since June when he was announced he was ambassador for this year’s Australian Organic Awareness Month campaign.

23.09.2020 | Organic governance in Australia - domestic legislation in Australia on horizon to benefit international trade

Domestic legislation is finally on the horizon for the Australian organic industry, which would particularly benefit food and beverage companies looking to export by providing more efficient access to foreign markets.

20.09.2020 | Angove’s guide to organic terms

Did you know Australia is the last ‘developed’ country in the world to have no regulations on the use of the word ‘organic’? Despite the organic sector’s growing popularity, there is still a lot of confusion among consumers about what ‘organic’ really means.

17.09.2020 | Actor Lincoln Lewis explores Fordsdale Organic Farm in Queensland

Lincoln Lewis explores Fordsdale Organic Farm ahead of Australian Organic Awareness Month.

16.09.2020 | Australia's organic marketplace experiencing pandemic boom

While many industries have been hit hard by the coronavirus, Australia’s organic marketplace is having a pandemic boom. With many consumers prepared to pay a premium for pesticide-free produce, there is a push to better protect the industry.

08.09.2020 | Organic industry body moves against false packaging

With the Australian organic industry currently worth $2.6 billion and growing, there is now a concerted effort from the peak body to eradicate what they call false packaging.

08.09.2020 | Organic sales surge as coronavirus stirs healthy shopping habits

Australian Organic chief executive officer Niki Ford said international experience suggested previous health scares had actually promoted and sustained consumer interest in organic food, which then continued well after the crisis passed.

08.09.2020 | Creating efficiencies and boosting production in organic dairy farming

The appeal of organics is becoming increasingly mainstream, with more than 65 per cent of Australian households purchasing organic products in the past year, according to the 2019 Australian Organic Market Report, and organic dairy equating to nearly half (48 per cent) of all purchases.

07.09.2020 | Angove Organic explores the boom in Aussie demand for organic produce

Marking the beginning of September as Australian Organic Awareness Month, Angove Organic Wines has released The Future of Organic Report, which has addressed why Australian consumers are turning to more organic produce in amongst a turbulent 2020.

04.09.2020 | Our top beauty products this week in the Lux list

It’s Friday and we’re back with our top beauty products for this week from moisturisers to scented candles. September is also Australian Organic Awareness Month, which shines a spotlight on leading organic producers so to celebrate we’ve included some amazing organic skin care products.

03.09.2020 | Lincoln Lewis: ‘We often put everything above our food, mental health and rest’

“I’ve always tried to eat as organic as possible. Over the past 12 months I’ve become a lot more serious about it and teaming up with Australian Organic made me aware of not just the health benefits, but also how important it is to look for products that are actually organic.

01.09.2020 | Australian Organic calls for 'organic' regulation

It’s Australian Organic Awareness Month and this September, the annual event will focus on products falsely claiming to be organic on packaging, as peak industry body Australian Organic Limited urges consumers to look for the official bud certification logo.

01.09.2020 | Misleading Packaging on Organic Products Key Focus of Australian Organic Awareness Month as Industry Thrives

The issue of products falsely claiming to be ‘organic’ on packaging will be the key focus of this year’s Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM). Each September the annual event shines a spotlight on achievements and issues with the organic industry and organic products which this year have performed strongly despite the challenges of COVID-19.

01.09.2020 | Aussie actor Lincoln Lewis reflects on the mind and body transformation that saved his life

As an ambassador for AOAM, Lewis toured certified organic farms and meat suppliers across his home state of Queensland to better educate himself about the value and benefits of organic products. Many items on the market claim to be organic but in reality it is only two per cent organic, Lewis says. That’s why he urges customers to buy locally made produce and look for the Australian Certified Organic BUD Logo on products.

31.08.2020 | Fake ‘organic’ products frustrate genuine Australian producers

Australian Organic Limited, the nation’s core industry organisation for organic products, is calling on consumers to pay attention to the official Bud certification logo on authentic organic goods.

31.08.2020 | Organic industry raises concerns over misleading package labelling

PRODUCTS falsely claiming to be ‘organic’ on packaging will be the key focus of this year’s Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM), an annual event which shines a spotlight on achievements and issues within the organic industry.

06.08.2020 | New proposed rules for regulation of organic exports a welcome move says Australian Organic

The nation’s leading body for the organic industry, Australian Organic Ltd (AOL), has welcomed the government’s proposed new draft rules regarding the regulation of organic exports.

29.07.2020 | Australian organic industry pushes for major reform around labelling

The nation’s $2.6 billion organics industry is pushing the Federal Government to force anyone selling “organic” produce within Australia to have certification.

27.07.2020 | Raleigh's Jane Campbell takes lead for Australian Organic Board

Raleigh’s Jane Campbell has recently been appointed to the Australian Organic Board as its new interim director, taking over from previous board director Leo Watling until his return.

16.07.2020 | NFF shows strong support for the organic industry in recent recommendations to government on economic recovery

The National Farmers’ Federation has called upon the government to address the Australian organic industry’s need for urgent domestic regulation as one of its key requests to “cut red tape from agricultural businesses”.

14.07.2020 | Plan for Australian agriculture's economic recovery

The National Farmers’ Federation has made 35 recommendations to help the agriculture sector economically recover from COVID-19.

14.07.2020 | Organics option available at Uni

The growing organic movement has been recognised by the education sector, with a university announcing it would offer Australia’s first university level organic food production course.

10.07.2020 | First course of its kind: Australian Organic

Southern Cross University is offering a first course of its kind, aimed at furthering the nations commitment to the rapidly growing organic sector – particularly in organic agriculture.

19.06.2020 | Rising organic market gets pandemic push

Organic products are increasingly finding their place in major grocery and independent grocery stories, with word on the ground being that consumers are reaching for more organic products during the coronavirus lockdown.

16.06.2020 | Real World Gardener Interview with Niki Ford

Australians are turning to organic products more and more but how can we be sure they are 100% organic other than perhaps the price difference? Niki Ford, CEO of Australian Organic, talks about the value and ethics of organic products and the importance of certification standards.

16.06.2020 | Navigating Natural & Organic: Niki Ford, Australian Organic

Hear from Niki Ford, CEO of Australian Organic, as she takes us through what’s in demand currently in the organic industry, and more about what Australian Organic plans are for 2020 and beyond.

09.06.2020 | Demystifying the lure of organics – why demand will survive and thrive beyond 2020

Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford responds to a recent article theorising that the uplift of sales for organic products during COVID-19 has been due more to “necessity” – commenting that organic consumers, in fact, buy organic products for a variety of reasons.

31.05.2020 | All the Dirt Podcast: Episode 117: Australian Organic

Episode 117: Australian Organic | Australia’s peak body representing certifiers and certified operators. Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford discusses the value and ethics of organic products and the importance of certification standards.

24.05.2020 | Wine zooms into online tasting

Hayes Family Wines, a relative newbie in the Barossa Valley, put on a Zoom cast recently led by proprietor Brett Hayes and winemaker Andrew Seppelt, with an intro by Owen Gwilliam, of Australian Organic Ltd – who were partners in the event.