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A Piece of Tassie

We make fudge and an array of chocolate products to share with everyone our love of all things chocolate.

We started our small business in 2014 and have since expanded our products range. We make all our products by hand using quality ingredients. We are mainly at markets in and around Hobart and our products are now stocked at a few gift shops in Tasmania. Our hampers (small and large) contain a selection of our products. We make specially designed products for certain occasions such as Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day.

Contact name Stephen Inman and Julie Pirlot
Phone 0455 276 736
Email info@apieceoftassie.com.au
Website www.apieceoftassie.com.au

A.R. Garth Fish Processor

Contact name Ken Smith
Phone 03 6267 2405
Email smithk@garthfish.com.au
Website www.garthfish.com.au

Abalone Farms Australia Pty Ltd

AFA is a land based farm on the East Coast of Tasmania growing Hybrid and Greenlip abalone.

Abalone Farms Australia which is located at Bicheno, Tasmania, is part of the Southseas Abalone group which also has farms in South Australia and Victoria.

We produce abalone from spawning to market size depending on customer requirements. We currently hold 80 tonne, with each and every one of our abalone hand nurtured and lovingly grown in the crystal clean waters of the East Coast of Tasmania, one of the cleanest environments on earth. So we can deliver you the cleanest, sweetest, most tender abalone in the world.

Product development has seen AFA establish a brine freezing system which instantly freezes the abalone maintaining the integrity and high quality attributes of the Greenlip and Hybrid abalone. The company export brine frozen and canned abalone through our national marketing company AUSAB.

Contact name Dean Broughan
Phone 03 6375 1412
Email keren.mundy@ausab.com.au
Website southseasabalone.com.au

Acacia Hills Olive Grove

Acacia Hills Olive Grove was established in April 2004, by Sharon Murcott and Robert Moore.

The Olive grove is nestled in the lush valley of Acacia Hills. Acacia Hills Olive Grove produces fabulous Tasmanian grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).

Contact name Sharon Murcott
Phone 03 6427 3443
Email acacia.grove18@hotmail.com
Website www.facebook.com/AcaciaHillsOliveGrove

Agronico

Agronico is the leading seed potato producer in Australia, producing over 8,000 tonnes of seed potatoes annually.

As the only vertically integrated seed producer in Australia, Agronico’s seed starts from tissue culture plantlets in their VICSPA-accredited laboratory and are transferred to a hydroponic minituber production facility. These minitubers are planted in nutrient rich, DNA tested soil in the central north and northwest of Tasmania to produce G1 seed which are then propagated on to produce G3-G4 seed potatoes. In March/April each year they are harvested, graded and stored prior to delivery across Australia. Agronico employs 12 full-time employees, over 15 casual employees, and produces nearly a quarter of a million minitubers and over 8,000 tonnes of seed potatoes annually for chips, crisps and fresh markets across Australia.

Contact name Robert Graham
Phone 03 6428 2519
Website www.agronico.com.au

Anvers Confectionery Pty Ltd

Chocolate-maker Igor Van Gerwen was trained by world renowned confectioner Roger Geerts in his native Belgium before founding Anvers Confectionery in north-west Tasmania in 1989.

Van Gerwin painstakingly trained his Tasmanian staff in the arts of manipulating chocolate and insisted from the start on using only the finest ingredients.

He uses fresh Tasmanian cream, pure butter, exquisite liquors and natural flavours to complement the world's finest chocolate. Anvers' dark chocolate has a cacao content of 64% and the milk chocolate 35%. Its structure is three times finer than most commercial chocolates.

Anvers, which specialises in hand-made chocolate truffles, chocolate oranges and fudge, has won numerous awards over the years. Anvers products are available in major stores in all Australian States and are exported to Shanghai

In 2002, Anvers moved into the House of Anvers on Bass Highway between Devonport and Launceston. An air-conditioned, purpose-built factory, with viewing windows, is complemented by a small chocolate museum, licensed coffee shop and a store for tasting and buying Truffle DAnvers, Fudge DAnvers, Praline DAnvers, the Stefano De Pieri range and much more.

Anvers Confectionery now have available the World’s Rarest Chocolate, The Fortunato No 4. this unique exquisite flavour is like no other chocolate on the world market, Anvers are proud to have the exclusive rights here in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Click on the link to find out more about the world famousFortunato No 4     

House of Anvers is an irresistible attraction for chocolate-loving tourists and is visited by more than 200,000 people a year.

Contact name Igor Van Gerwen
Phone 03 6426 2703
Email anvers@bigpond.com.au
Website www.anvers-chocolate.com.au

Apogee Tasmania

Deluxe sparkling wine  producer using only own vineyard production.

Contact name Andrew Pirie
Phone 0419 434 868
Email andrew@apogeetasmania.com
Website www.apogeetasmania.com

Apsley Gorge Vineyard

While nominally situated at Bicheno on the east coast, Apsley Gorge is in fact some distance inland, taking its name from a mountain pass. Clearly, it shares with the other east coast wineries the capacity to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of excellent quality. 

Brian Franklin travels to Burgundy each year for the vintage, putting into practice at Apsley Gorge what he learns in Burgundy. Exports to the UK, Singapore and Japan.

Contact name Brian Franklin
Phone 03 6375 1221
Email agv@tassie.net.au
Website www.apsleygorgevineyard.com.au

Ashbolt Farm

Ashbolt is an award-winning manufacturer of high quality, natural products.

Established in 1906, Ashbolt Farm is located in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, amid tranquil rivers, rolling hills, giant forests and rugged mountain ranges. We are committed to the land and our valley, so our farm is sustainable and our elders, olives and orchard trees are grown using organic principles.

Growing plants known for their good health; adding a touch of our passion for creating memorable flavours; and processing and bottling on our family farm allows us to create a range of unique and multi-award winning, flavoursome products that are all 100% Tasmanian and free from gluten, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. We specialise in:

  • premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO), winning medals every year since 2000, including in Sept 2016, winning best in Australia (medium oil) in the prestigious Australian Olives Association Awards.
  • our own specialty drinks range of concentrates and brewed-in-the-bottle non-alcoholic sparkling drinks made by us from the flowers and the berries of the ancient Elder tree
  • our unique and flavoursome gourmet condiments - including dressings, marinades and vinegars

All our products are made by us, on our farm, and are full of health and our passion for the land. Please take the time to explore our site and see all that we do.

Contact name Anne Ashbolt
Phone 03 6261 2203
Email info@ashbolt.com.au
Website www.ashbolt.com.au

Ashgrove Cheese

21 years of tradition has established Ashgrove Tasmania Dairy Produce a reputation for premium quality and flavour.

Ashgrove Cheese Pty Ltd is Tasmania's and one of Australia's largest family owned and operated dairy processors. 

Under the Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm brand, they produce fresh milk, cheese, cream, and butter.

 The dairy portfolio also includes the Elizabeth Town Creamery brand which specialises in the selection, packing and distribution of portion control cheese.

 The Ashgrove modern automated processing facility is surrounded by the Ashgrove Dairy Farm at Elizabeth Town in Northern Tasmania, which includes a popular on-site retail factory and farm store.

 In 2017, the Ashgrove factory was certified by NASAA Organic: Australian and International Organic Certifier to process organic milk into premium value Tasmanian organic dairy products.

 

Contact name Anne Bennett
Phone 03 6368 1105
Email anne.bennett@ashgrovecheese.com.au
Website www.ashgrovecheese.com.au

Ashmore Foods Tasmania

Ashmore Foods is a food processing and marketing company specialising in Tasmanian Seafood sourced from some of the world's best quality seafood straight from the cleanest oceans, bays and rivers in the world.

Retailing and wholesaling from HACCP facilities to local and interstate markets.

Our oysters are harvested from farms across the state, including the cool waters off Bruny Island in Tasmania's south, the sparkling bays around the east coast and the remote waters of Smithton in the state's northwest.

Our salmon comes from the Van Diemen farm, based in the beautiful Tamar Valley in Tasmania's north. Every seafood product with the Ashmore's brand is carefully selected and prepared before it is shipped to customers. It is our aim is to bring the finest seafood from the ocean to the plate as quickly and efficiently as possibl

Contact name James Ashmore
Phone 03 6244 3188
Email james@ashmorefoods.com.au
Website www.ashmorefoods.com.au

Australia Seafood Export

Contact name Willy Chew
Phone 03 6375 1626
Email ase@craigmostyn.com.au

Australian Honey Products Pty Ltd

Australian Honey Products is a locally owned company producing, processing and selling honey products to Australian and International markets based in Launceston and Sheffield.

These products include Honey, Meads, and Craft Beers.
We are the largest crop pollinator in Tasmania using 4000 hives for pollination across multiple crop types.
We run a Trainee Beekeeper program resulting in Industry recognized qualifications and ensuring future expansion capacity.
The company has quality certification including organic and Halal.

Contact name Yeonsoon Bourke
Phone +61363310888
Email info@ozhoney.com.au
Website www.ozhoney.com.au

Aviemore blueberry and cherry farm

We grow pack and sell blueberries and cherries from December through to March. We also grow and harvest black truffles in winter

Contact name Rachel
Phone 03 6394 4631
Email rachel@aviemore.com.au

Avoland Avocados

The first and only commercial planting of Avocados in Tasmania. Our goal is to supply Tasmanians, Avocados when they are at their very best.

Avoland Avocados is a 3 Hectare Hass Avocado grove planted in 2010/11 on the red basalt soils of the North West overlooking the town of Gawler and the Bass Strait. The cool climate of this region allows the Avocados to fully mature and remain on the trees for long periods with out any loss of quality.
This unique area growing characteristic results in a very flexible marketing opportunity. Tasmanian Hass Avocados are available at a time when no other quality Australian grown Hass are in the market.

Contact name Paul & Maria Bidwell
Phone 03 6425 2646
Email avoland@bigpond.com
Website www.facebook.com/AvolandAvocados

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Farm food adventures

Do you fancy picking mushrooms in an old railway tunnel? Or perhaps taking part in a truffle hunt? Well now you can, thanks to a new ‘on-farm’ food experience.

16 April 2019, Edition 204

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World whisky win

Sullivans Cove Distillery has been named world’s best whisky for the second year in a row, further re-enforcing Tasmania’s reputation as a serious global player in the industry.

16 April 2019, Edition 204

New York to new gin

From Wall Street to the Tamar Valley. It’s a big change for Justin Turner who has turned his hand to artisan spirits. The former New York Financier recently launched his Three Cuts Gin at his Turner Stillhouse: “I fell in love with a Tasmanian and then I fell in love with Tasmania”, Turner explains. Turner calls this his “passion project” adding that he is inspired by Tasmania’s fresh produce, clean environment and incredibly welcoming people: “I’m so lucky to be living my dream every day. Tasmania has such a unique sense of community – even ‘competitors’ within the industry are always willing to share advice or a helping hand." Turner grew up on a family winery in the US and hopes to become a significant player on the local spirits scene. In the meantime, he is proud of his Three Cuts Gin which is described as a handcrafted blend of botanicals, juniper, fresh lime, cinnamon bark, a hint of white peppercorn and three cuts of rose.

14 April 2019, Edition 204

Showcasing Tassie lamb

Our premium lamb is being showcased to the world through a new branding program by Tasmanian Quality Meats [TQM]. After starting the Three Rivers brand about two years ago, TQM domestic sales manager, Matt Lang, told Tasmanian Country the time is right to launch an official Tasmanian-branded program: “There’s demand for Tasmanian product, and demand for premium lamb all over Australia, and all over the world … We think there’s room in the market for a really high-end premium lamb. We want to go straight to the direct users rather than through wholesalers and traders.” Initially TQM will sell about 1000 lambs through the branded program, but Lang said this would grow significantly over time. Meantime, a major expansion at TQM’s Cressy plant has started, which will see an additional 400,000 stock processed each year, and the creation of 100 new jobs.

14 April 2019, Edition 204

Whisky maker toast of Australia

Hellyers Road Distillery has been named Australia’s Champion Distiller of the Year. The Tasmanian company won the prestigious top gong at the recent Australian Distilled Spirits Awards which was held in Melbourne. Located in lush dairy country in Tasmania’s northwest, Hellyers Road Distillery is Australia’s largest boutique whisky distillery and exports its premium product to more than 20 countries. The distillery was set up in 1999, near Burnie, by a group of dairy farmers and whisky aficionados who operated one of Tasmania’s largest milk processing companies, Betta Milk. Their first bottles of whisky were released to the public in 2006. Hellyers Road Distillery is renowned for its single malt whisky, and prides itself on producing a tipple that “captures the very taste and character of Tasmania".

14 April 2019, Edition 204

Beer lovers celebrate hop harvest

Beer glasses will soon be raised in celebration of this year’s hop harvest. The Fresh Hop Beer Festival, which will be held in Launceston over the last weekend in April, gives beer lovers the chance to enjoy first harvest, fresh hopped beers on tap. Local artisan brewers such as Moo Brew, Bruny Island Beer Co, Morrison Brewery, Seven Sheds Brewery, Little Rivers Brewing Co, and Iron House Brewery, will showcase their harvest ales alongside interstate brews from Sauce Brewing Co, Hop Nation Brewing Co, Newstead Brewing Co, Welder's Dog Brewery and The Mill Brewery. This is the fourth outing for the event, which this year will partner with Fermentasmania that is keen for the state to become internationally recognised as a centre for excellence in the design, production and marketing of fermented food and beverages.

14 April 2019, Edition 204

Restaurant accolade for Silo Hotel

It only opened last June, but Launceston’s Peppers Silo Hotel, has won a prestigious national restaurant award. The hotel’s Grain of the Silos was named Gault&Millau Australia’s New Restaurant of the Year, further cementing the newcomer as one of Australia’s finest new dining establishments. Now in its sixth year, the award recognises Australia’s restaurants that are anonymously reviewed by Gault&Millau. More than 850 establishments were reviewed and Silo Hotel General Manager, Paul Seaman, said: “Grain of the Silos sits proudly in a patch of Tasmania which is brimming with good food and people who truly care. Our Chefs have met each farmer, each maker, and each talented Tasmanian who brings something extraordinary to the restaurant’s ever-changing list of dishes. This award win is testament to the hard work and passion that has gone into creating, sustaining and growing Grain of the Silos.” The restaurant is headed up by Chef Peter Twitchett and TV personality Massimo Mele.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

TasFoods steams towards profitability

Growing agribusiness TasFoods is continuing its drive towards profitability, buoyed by a growing demand for premium Tasmanian produce. The Launceston based business reported an increase in Sales revenue of 25 per cent to $38.39 million in 2018. It also had a net after tax loss of $1.36 million, which represents an improvement of $5.45 million in 2017. Executive chairman Shane Noble told The Examiner it was a year of growth and operational improvement: “The board believes that the long-term fundamentals of TasFoods' businesses are strong, with increasing demand expected for premium foods, especially in the premium dairy and free-range chicken segments. The company's strategy will be to continue to expand through leveraging its Tasmanian heritage and the premium provenance of its brands to grow its distribution footprint in existing and new markets." Interstate markets accounted for 13 per cent of total sales for 2018, up from 7 per cent in 2017.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Hill Farm Preserves star in Sri Lanka

An award-winning Tasmanian producer has scored a major coup, by breaking into a new market with a lucrative deal in Sri Lanka. Hill Farm Preserves will be selling its products at the new premium Cargills Food Hall, which is Sri Lanka’s largest retailer. Thirty-three of their forty-eight products will be available through the Colombo store. Representatives from Hill Farm Preserves have recently returned from the successful trade trip where they report that their mustards were especially popular during in-store tastings. The trip also took in Singapore. Hill Farm Preserves makes artisan condiments and preserves at Sisters Creek, in North West Tasmania. All its premium products are totally natural and contain no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Their small-batch, hand-labelled goods include cold pressed canola oil, jams, relishes, vinegars and of course, mustards. Hill Farm Preserves already successfully sells product into South Korea and Japan.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

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Grape expectations

The 2019 vintage is off to a flying start, and it comes with news that Tasmania’s area under vines has grown by 25 per cent over the past two seasons.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

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