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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
Email admin@agronico.com.au
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

Multi-award winners of the ‘World’s Best Honey’ title, Australian Honey Products (AHP) are famous for their Leatherwood, Manuka, Clover and Gum Honey.

Multi-award winners of the ‘World’s Best Honey’ title, Australian Honey Products (AHP) are famous for their Leatherwood, Manuka, Clover and Gum Honey. Their brands include Cradle Mountain Honey, Sheffield Honey Farm and Taverner’s Products – including Honey Ales and Dessert Honey Mead by Taverner’s Brewery.

AHP also won Australian Agribusiness Exporter of the Year in 2016. With developments to their Sheffield-based state of the art honey production facility completed in 2016, AHP continue to strengthen local and international markets by producing world class Tasmanian honey and honey products.

AHP Founder, Lindsay Bourke has dedicated many decades of his apiary career to educating the next generation of Tasmanian beekeepers. His knowledge of bee colony health, maintenance and the local environment is evident from his work in the field, and his active involvement at the forefront of apiary associations at state and national level. Lindsay’s extensive list of accolades includes the 2015 Australian Biosecurity Farmer of the Year.

Equiries to this family based company are welcomed, with showrooms in Sheffield and Launceston’s QV Tower open to the public from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Contact name Yeonsoon Bourke
Phone 03 6331 0888
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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Sparklers reach 'champagne level'

When sparkling wine expert Tyson Stelzer lined up Tasmanian offerings with champagne at an Effervescence dinner in November, he had an heroic tale to tell.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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Food story has been a Tassie epic

Brand Tasmania's long-serving Food and Wine Writer, Graeme Phillips, taps out his final story for our newsletter: serving up a 37-year Tasmanian gastronomic saga.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Riesling stars in Halliday list

Ten of Australia's top 100 wines are Tasmanian, according to guru James Halliday, and one of the stars of his 2017 listing was a Devil's Corner 2016 Riesling awarded 97 points despite being in an under-$20 category. Brown Brothers Chief Executive, Ross Brown, said: “We bought our Tasmanian vineyards and wineries in 2010 because we ... wanted to have access to cool-climate-grown grapes and wine varieties such as pinot noir, riesling and pinot grigio that grow so well in Tasmania. We have found Brand Tasmania to be far stronger than we had anticipated. People are now looking for lively and refreshing wines and this exceptional Devil’s Corner 2016 Riesling superbly personifies the crisp minerality and the clean, green image that Tasmania is so known for.” Earlier, Tasmania winery Heemskerk won the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards for its 2016 vintage. The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine was awarded to Turkey Flat Vineyards in the Barossa Valley for its 2016 Grenache, the first time a wine of that variety has taken out the award.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Boag lionises Tassie water

Pioneer Tasmanian brand-builder James Boag & Sons has launched a new multi-channel advertising campaign using the State's quality water as its central theme. Promoting James Boag Premium beer, the Born of Tasmanian Waters campaign devised by the Host/Havas agency, sets out to show that some of life's most extraordinary and fantastic components are found in Tasmania, with pure water as their common element. Without it, they wouldn't exist. A spokesman for Lion, owner of the Launceston Brewery, said: "James Boag has been brewing its beers continuously and exclusively in Tasmania since 1888, and it's our Tasmanian provenance that makes our beers truly special and unique among other premium beers. Of all the natural riches Tasmania offers, its pure water is the most special — so many remarkable and renowned things are born of it — and we are excited about our new campaign that highlights the quality of the water that goes into our beers". The campaign rolled out nationally in time for James Boag Premium's major sponsorship of the Melbourne Cup racing carnival.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Spanish glory for local cider

Willie Smith's is basking in the glory of its inaugural international award. The Huon Valley business's limited-edition Somerset Redstreak Single Varietal cider won its class at the Spanish Cider Awards in November. The competition, in Hernani, near San Sebastian, was judged by an international committee of renowned cider tasters from the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Italy. Willie Smith's co-owner Sam Reid said: "It’s a massive thrill to be selected as Best Traditional English Cider at a European awards competition. In Australia we’ve got a bit of a tradition at beating the English at their own game and, so, it’s nice to be able to do this in cider now too!" Willie Smith's was the only Australian product to collect a trophy at the event.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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'Tazzy' pies a hit in Bonn

When Australian visitors to Bonn, Germany, feel a craving for a hot meat pie, help is at hand: Tasmanian Gareth Patterson's Tazzy Food Truck is doing a roaring trade in meat pies and other treats from Down Under. "We offer the best out of Australia," Mr Patterson, formerly of Hobart, said. "Try our handmade gourmet pies and be delighted. Fresh baked, delicious and hot ... smash one down! Fair Dinkum good!" Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, took up the invitation in November. “It was uplifting and energising to enjoy great Tazzy Food on the left bank of the Rhine in Bonn,” Mr Fischer said. The van is one of several offering locals and visitors lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee options on the former West German capital's busy Kennedyallee. There was a queue at the Tazzy Food Truck at the time of Mr Fischer's visit. “As a former Trade Minister, I was delighted to indulge and to spread the word about Tasmania and Australia — something I have been doing since 1996 when I had to eat a Tasmanian oyster in Tokyo at 6am at a key fish market.” Mr Fischer was in Bonn in his new role as Chairman of Crop Trust, an international organisation dedicated to safeguarding the world's crop biodiversity.

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5 December 2017, Edition 190

Chromy named tourism champion

Tasmanian tourism titan, Josef Chromy, OAM, was inducted as a Tasmanian Tourism Champion at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards in November. He was recognised for his contribution to the State’s tourism industry and on-going investment in accommodation projects. The CEO of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, Luke Martin, said “Joe’s impact on the wine industry in Tasmania is nothing short of remarkable. Throughout the '90s he purchased, cultivated and on-sold vineyards throughout the Tamar Valley that are now home to some of Tasmania’s most celebrated labels. His signature wine label and wine centre ... is among the finest wineries in Australia and has established a truly iconic wine experience on the doorstep to Launceston. Joe’s impact on the tourism industry in Launceston is unrivalled.” Josef Chromy Wines also won a gold medal in the awards' Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category. Port Arthur Historic Site was judged top Major Tourist Attraction.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Insect farmer's flavour focus

Louise Morris, a Tasmanian insect farmer, believes insects can play an important role in feeding a growing global population but cautions about how insect protein is produced. "What they eat impacts so much on how much greenhouse gas impact, how much water went into that," Ms Morris told the ABC. "If you're essentially feeding them chicken food … you're not really making a huge impact [on the environment]." Ms Morris, who co-founded the Insect Protein Association of Australia, farms crickets, mealworms and Queensland wood cockroaches in northern Tasmania. She uses vegetable waste from local farms to feed her insects and said feeding insects different vegetables can affect their taste. "We're really focused with a few restaurants who are wanting to work with our insects … on bespoke insect flavours," she said. "It's creating a whole new income stream, employment opportunities and a product which really is 'brand Tasmania', because we are closed-looping it." According to some research about 80 per cent of the world's people consume insects as part of their regular diet. Ms Morris aims to have her insects on Tasmanian dinner plates in 2018.

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Village olive oil raises a grin

Village Olive Grove of Grindelwald won a trophy and a gold medal at the 2017 Australian International Olive Awards for producing the best extra virgin olive oil in Tasmania. Allen and Barbara Baird have tended 830 Frantoio trees on a 2.5ha Tamar Valley property for 12 years. Mr Baird said: “The Australian International Olive Awards are the national benchmark. We got a bronze medal in 2014 and 2015, silver in 2016 and now gold. Tasmanian olive oil has consistently won awards over the years because of our cool-climate conditions.” Village Olive Grove’s oil has also won silver and bronze medals at the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards. Tasmanian producers were awarded 20 medals at the Australian International Olive Awards, including three gold, eight silver and nine bronze. The other gold medal winners were Cradle Coast Olives at Abbotsham and Lentara Grove at Exeter.

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Local gin wins in Hong Kong

Tasmania's Dasher + Fisher Mountain Gin has collected a trophy and gold medal at Hong Kong's 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition. The Devonport-made tipple was judged the international event's Best London Dry Gin. Southern Wild Distillery owner George Burgess posted on Facebook: “We are beyond thrilled with the announcement that the industry’s most highly respected competition has announced us as the winner of the best gin category, and we are bursting at the seams with pride. Even more overwhelming is that there were 247 per cent more gin entries this year compared to last year." The Tasmanian gin label is only one year old, but it also collected a silver medal in the contemporary style gin category for its Dasher + Fisher Ocean Gin and a bronze in the same category for its Dasher + Fisher Meadow Gin. Mr Burgess, a converted food scientist, recently launched new gins flavoured with damson plums and sloe berries.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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