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Shellfish Culture Ltd

Sheelfish Culture is an oyster hatchery with operations in Tasmania and South Australia.

We sell oyster seed in Tasmania, SA, NSW and the Asia-Pacific region. Our unique product and competitive advantage is the triploid oyster. 

Contact name Kerry Wells
Phone 03 6248 9441
Email info@shellfishculture.com.au
Website www.shellfishculture.com.au

Shima Wasabi Pty Ltd

Shima Wasabi is a small and innovative food producing company located in northwest Tasmania. The company grows and markets pure Japanese wasabi (Wasabia japonica) and currently supplies over 80 of Australia’s leading restaurants with premium grade fresh wasabi products every week of the year.

Shima Wasabi also produces 100% pure wasabi spices for food manufacturers. These concentrated spices are used by customers in Australia, Asia and Europe in an ever-expanding range of food products including Ashgrove Cheese’s famous Wild Wasabi Cheese and Brand Tasmania Ambassador Tetsuya Wakuda’s Tasmanian Wasabi Mustard.

In 2013 Shima Wasabi launched a Pure Wasabi Powder for retail sale to home food enthusiasts, making it one of the very few companies worldwide able to offer 100% pure, authentic wasabi for home use.

Shima Wasabi produces all its wasabi on their own farm in the pristine Tasmanian environment. Using rainwater captured on site and fed via a unique hydroponic production system, the business’ fresh wasabi is said to rival the very best wasabi produced in Japan.

In 2012 the company invested $1.5 million in a new state-of-the-art climate-controlled shadehouse, tripling its production capacity and making Shima Wasabi the largest producer of authentic Japanese wasabi in the southern hemisphere.

Shima Wasabi was named Australian Micro Business of the Year 2012 at the Telstra Australian Business Awards and also was awarded the prestigious ABC Delicious Magazine award for best Australian food product “From the Earth” in 2011.

Contact name Stephen Welsh
Phone 0488 556 678
Email info@shimawasabi.com.au
Website www.shimawasabi.com.au

Simplot Australia

Contact name Nick Roden-Smith
Phone 02 9741 2872
Email nick.rodensmith@simplot.com.au
Website www.simplot.com.au

Soareast

We’re a team of export specialists that brings Australia’s finest seafood products to the world.

Soareast was founded by Managing Director, Cindy Yuan, in 1999. We started by exporting rock lobster, and quickly expanded into many other seafoods including Greenlip and Blacklip Abalone, Eel, and Pacific Oyster.

Our strength is our unique, long term approach to business. Our customers are our partners. They trust us to provide the highest quality products at the best prices.

It’s this approach which has allowed us to create the premier Asian distribution network for seafood. Soareast can sell and deliver the largest variety of seafood to a vast network of customers.

Contact name Cindy Yuan
Phone 0438 369 688
Email mail@soareast.com.au
Website www.soareast.com.au/about/index.html

Southern Sky Dairy

Contact name Hajo and Petra Tanck
Phone 03 6344 7813
Email southernskydairy@gmail.com
Website www.facebook.com/southernskydairy

Speckle pies

We are a new business selling 100% tasmanian produce in our pies, using only the best quality tasmanian products available

Speckle pies is a new business, Kim and Geoff jones breed speckle park cattle on their farm in lower Barrington Tasmania, we are currently in the process of building a commercial kitchen on our farm premises where all our pies will be made using all local ingredients from our farm and other farms around the north west of Tasmania. In our packaging we would like to use the logo and Tasmania on the bottom of our packaging to let all our customers know that our product is Tasmanian. Our pies are Honey Whiskey beef pie, Speckle park Beef, Pork and Apple Cider, chicken ,Tarragon and Wholegrain Mustard
We will be using the whiskey from hellyer, Honey from mole creek, apple cider from Spreyton fresh, pork from Mount Gnonnom farm, chicken from Nichols and beef from our farm.

Phone 0417 396 066
Email specklepies@gmail.com

Spring Bay Distillery

Single Malt Whisky Distillery on Tasmania's East Coast

Spring Bay Distillery is a craft whisky distillery located at Spring Bay on Tasmania's East Coast. The distillery specialises in hand crafted single cask single malt whisky using locally sourced rainwater that is soft and sweet. Using Tasmanian barley, local rainwater and influenced by its coastal environment the whisky is uniquely Tasmanian.

Contact name Cam Brett
Phone 0417 351 663
Email cam@springbaydistillery.com.au
Website www.Springbaydistillery.com.au

Spring Bay Seafoods Pty Ltd

Spring Bay Seafoods produces, processes and markets blue mussels, scallops, abalone and Pacific oysters that are sought after by connoisseurs of fine food from around the world.

The company's blue mussels and most of its scallops are produced in its 3,500 hectare marine farm, which lies four miles offshore in pristine, sheltered waters adjacent to Tasmanias Maria Island National Park. This unique facility, which is the largest sub-surface marine farm in Australia, is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of strong cold local currents, providing exceptional conditions to produce a range of mussels and scallops that are considered by many culinary experts to be the best in the world.

Spring Bay has recently become the first company in Australia to market clean shaven mussels. The company has installed an innovative system at its state-of-the-art processing facility in Triabunna that removes the beard and leaves the mussel looking well groomed and ready for the pot.

Contact name Phil Lamb
Phone 03 6257 3614
Email plamb@springbayseafoods.com.au
Website www.springbayseafoods.com.au

Spring Vale Vineyards

We are a small 5th generation family owned vineyard since 1875, located in Cranbrook on Tasmania's stunning Freycinet Coast.

At Spring Vale, our grapes are grown with an in depth knowledge of our local terroir.  Intimate attention to quality and flavour, allows us to produce premium, award-winning wines at our on-site winery.

Our cool-climate wines are grown and made on-site here in Cranbrook, on Tasmania's stunning Freycinet Coast.

The Freycinet Coast is the driest part of the state, with an average annual rainfall of 550mm. Warm days and cool nights are a result of this climate and ideal for slow ripening and excellent flavour development. The soil at Spring Vale is mostly a fertile clay loam, with the subsoil varying from porous friable loam with rock to medium-heavy clay. 

 

Contact name Tim Lyne
Phone 03 6257 8208
Email tim@springvalewines.com
Website www.springvalewines.com

Stanley Fish

Contact name Barry Charles
Phone 03 6458 1153
Email stanleyfish@craigmostyn.com.au
Website www.craigmostyn.com.au

Stefano Lubiana Wines Pty Ltd

Stefano Lubiana Wines is a vertically integrated company that strives for continual excellence in making handcrafted, cool-climate wines in the Super Premium class.

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes are grown without insecticides or artificial fertilisers. Strict focus on quality ensures return custom.

Contact name Steve Lubiana
Phone 03 6263 7457
Email wine@slw.com.au
Website www.slw.com.au

Stoney Rise Wine Company

Contact name Joe Holyman
Phone 03 6394 3678
Email info@stoneyrise.com
Website www.stoneyrise.com

Strait Brands Pty Ltd

Tamar Valley-based producer of international award winning spirits since 2006 with flagship brands Strait Vodka, Strait Dry Gin and Strait Tasmanian Sloe Gin.

Strait Brands launched as the only specific premium white spirits producer in Tasmania, in 2006, with Strait Vodka and Strait Dry Gin.
The business introduced Strait Tasmanian Native Pepperberry Vodka (2006), Strait Tasmanian Lemon Vodka (2008) and Strait Twenty, a range of four hibiscus-based spirits at 20% abv (2008) - for the Chinese female market - and Strait Tasmanian Sloe Gin (2010).
It has exported to China, and sponsored six Business Council of Australia events at the Beijing Olympics, attended by 3,000 guests, and has also sold into Vietnam, Indonesia and Russia.
Strait Brands’ business is built on partnerships with Tasmanian growers of fruit, nuts and other produce and it recently launched Strait Tasmanian Hazelnut Gin, a world’s first.
The company is building a new, high volume production facility at York Town, the third oldest settlement in Australia, at the source of the soft spring water used in its spirits.

Contact name Philip Ridyard
Phone 0418 318 000
Email philip@straitbrands.com
Website www.facebook.com/straitvodka

Sugarloaf Ridge

Contact name Julian Colvile
Phone 0422 247 992
Email info@sugarloafridge.com
Website www.sugarloafridge.com.au

Sullivans Cove Whisky

Sullivans Cove is the leading Tasmanian whisky and was recently named the world's best single malt whisky at the World Whiskies Awards in London.

Sullivans Cove produces a quintessential small batch luxury whisky, made by traditional methods using only Tasmanian ingredients and the whisky is not chill filtered nor are any flavours or colours added. Each barrel is bottled individually to capture subtle variances that occur from barrel to barrel and the result is one of the best new whiskies on the market – inspired by nature and distilled with conviction. Sullivans Cove Whisky is heavily in demand and product is supplied on allocation, please contact the distillery for further details.

Contact name Patrick Maguire or Bert Cason
Phone 03 6248 5399
Email office@sullivanscovewhisky.com
Website www.sullivanscovewhisky.com

Sweet-As

Contact name George and Sharon Smith
Phone 0429 161 220
Email info@sweet-as.com.au
Website www.sweet-as.com.au

Swinging Gate Vineyard

'The gates are swinging again’ After a period of 15 years the vineyard has reopened with a new identity and we can again sample the complex wines from vines that were planted over 30 years ago.

The vines at Swinging Gate Vineyard have a honoured history in Tasmania’s premium wine growing region. Having been planted in the last millennium, some of the most iconic names in Tasmanian viticulture have tended to the Development of the vines.

A variety of exclusive wines showcasing the best in Tasmania’s Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Frontignac, and Pinot Gris, all created with passion and pride. With rich earth, clean air and cool climate, the Northern wine district of Tasmania has produced exclusive world class champion wines that only a select few people ever have the privilege of experiencing.

Swing Gates Vineyard invites you to share our lifestyle and passion at our cellar door and day spa – taste, experience, relax – you are one of the privileged few.

Contact name Doug cox
Phone 0419 599 710
Email swinginggatewine@gmail.com
Website www.swinginggatewines.com.au

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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.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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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