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 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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”.
15.07.2020 | NFF supports Australian Organic’s request for tighter regulations
The Australian government is being asked by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) to address the Australian organic industry’s need for urgent domestic regulation as one of its key requests to ‘cut red tape from agricultural business’.
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.
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.
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.