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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.

“Each year we celebrate the immense contribution certified organic operators give to the organic
industry,” said Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford. “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 report that entrants exceeded expectations once again saying, “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.

The finalists are as follows:

PRODUCT CATEGORIES

Certified Organic Food Product of the Year
Activated Nutrients – Activated Nutrients Grow Up Multivitamin; Melbourne, VIC
Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co. – Cleaver’s Organic Beef Lasagne; Toowoomba, QLD
Australian Organic Food Co – Australian Organic Food Co Fruit Puree – Apple and Watermelon;
Braeside, VIC

Certified Organic Non-Food Product of the Year
Ahria International Pty Ltd – Ahria Organics Baby Top to Toe Cream; St Ives, NSW
Aus Organic Feeds – Aus Organic Feeds Retail Range of Certified Organic Chicken Feeds;
Greenmount, QLD
TOM Organic Regular Tampon; St Kilda, VIC

Certified Organic Alcohol Product of the Year
Angove Family Winemakers – Angove Organic Shiraz Cabernet; Magill, SA
Gemtree Wines, The 2019 Luna Temprana Tempranillo by Gemtree Wines; McLaren Flat, SA
Soulfresh Global Pty Ltd – Bootleg Booch Alcoholic Kombucha – Passionfruit; Laverton North, VIC

Certified Organic Non-Alcohol Product of the Year
The Bean Alliance, Bean Ground and Drunk Coffee; Reservoir, VIC
Schulz Organic Dairy, Schulz Organic Dairy Milk in Glass – 1L, returnable & refillable; Timboon, VIC
Teelixir Pty Ltd – Mushroom Cacao Latte Starring Reishi and Rose; Woori Yallock, VIC

Certified Organic Cosmetic Product of the Year
Aika Wellness – Aika Wellness – The Pitta Pure Polish; Bentleigh, VIC
Ahria International Pty Ltd – Ahria Organics Herbal Essences Cream; St Ives, NSW
Clemence Organics Pty Ltd – Clemence Organics Repair Face Serum; Blackheath, NSW

Best New Organic Certified Product
Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co. – Cleaver’s Organic Beef Lasagne; Toowoomba, QLD
Teelixir Pty Ltd – Mushroom Cacao Latte Starring Reishi and Rose; Woori Yallock, VIC
TOM Organic Pty Ltd – TOM Organic Applicator Tampons; St Kilda, VIC

INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

Best Organic Industry Innovator
Australian Organic Food Co; Braeside, VIC
Schulz Organic Dairy; Timboon, VIC
TOM Organic Pty Ltd; St Kilda, VIC

Best Organic Influencer/Educator
Aimee Marks – TOM Organic; St Kilda, VIC
Marg Will – Organic Systems and Solutions Pty Ltd ; Brisbane, QLD
Sarah and Scott Butler – Organic Angels; Torquay, VIC

Young Organic Leader
Aimee Marks – TOM Organic; St Kilda, VIC
Simon Schulz – Schulz Organic Dairy; Timboon, VIC
Zac Gelman – CUB (Pure Blonde); Southbank, VIC

Export Market Leader
Angove Family Winemakers; Magill, SA
Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co.; Toowoomba, QLD
Marinova Pty Ltd; Cambridge, TAS

Retailer of the Year
Eco-Farms Wholefood & Organic Market; Rydalmere, NSW
Organic Angels; Torquay, VIC

Farmer of the Year
Bloss Hickson – Bush Beef Pty Ltd; Rolleston, QLD
Iain Scholes – Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co.; Blackall, QLD
Petar Pirovic – Pirovic Family Farms; Llandilo, NSW

Business of the Year
Angove Family Winemakers; Magill, SA
Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co.; Toowoomba, QLD
TOM Organic; St Kilda, VIC

TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THE NIGHT
Chairman’s Awards
Hall of Fame

Click here for more information including profiles of the finalists.

We look forward to announcing the winners at the Australian Organic Annual Industry Awards 2019 on Friday 15 November in Melbounre.