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Food and beverage stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Food and Beverage sector:

Fine food fare

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Wallaby fattened on King Island pastures, and leatherwood honey collected from pristine rainforests whetted appetites as Tasmania held centre stage at Australia’s premier fine food expo.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Chefs' masterpiece

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Call it a major culinary event. Two great chefs cooking up a degustation feast showcasing Tasmania’s freshest premium produce.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Our Tasmanian Grocer

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There’s a little slice of Tassie in the middle of Melbourne where homesick ex-pats can stock up their pantry with local favourites – from leatherwood honey to scallop pies.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Wine funding cause for celebration

Tasmania’s peak wine organisation has welcomed news that the State Government plans to boost the sector with extra funding. The State Government announced it will provide $600,000 to Wine Tasmania over the next four years, to help grow its global profile. The funding will help with market development and wine tourism activities. Wine Tasmania CEO, Sheralee Davies, welcomed the Tasmanian Government support and said: “The Tasmanian wine sector has deliberately focused on growing demand for our high-quality wines which has generated growth in wine supply. This has contributed to Tasmania’s position as one of the highest value wine regions, and it is critical that we continue to drive global demand for Tasmania’s wines.” The Tasmanian wine sector conservatively contributes $115 million annually to the state’s economy and has experienced steady growth over many years.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Regional bistro Australia’s best

It’s not fine dining. And it’s certainly not a cutting edge hipster eatery. However, a bistro in Tasmania’s north west has been named the best in the country. The Formby Hotel, in Devonport, has taken out the gong for best bistro in regional Australia. The accolade was presented recently on the Gold Coast, at the Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence. Operations Manager at The Formby Hotel, Mark Cadle, told The Advocate: “We get a lot of tourists who come to the state and leave pretty quickly, so hopefully this will help put Devonport on the map and give people another reason to stay for a while and have something to eat… It adds to the overall attraction for Tasmania which really does have a great reputation for food and dining.” Other Tasmanian winners at the AHA awards were Frogmore Creek, which won best regional restaurant for the second year in a row, and MACq 01 which was named overall hotel of the year in accommodation division.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

The good oil

A golden oil from Tasmania’s northwest has just bagged silver. The cold pressed canola oil, from Hill Farm Preserves, has recently been awarded silver at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Awards, with criteria including smell, taste, and look. The oil also impressed the judges with its embrace of Tasmania’s clean, green, brand. Not only is it GM-free, but it is made from seed grown at a nearby farm. Like all products from Hill Farm Preserves, it is also made from natural ingredients and is bottled and labelled by hand. The range also includes oils infused with Cumin, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon and Wild Mountain Pepperberry. Hill Farm also produces artisan jams, vinegars, fruit paste, chutneys and mustard. Its products are exported to Japan, South Korea and Sri Lanka.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Whisky pioneer a ‘global icon’

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A pioneer of Tasmania’s whisky industry has been officially declared an ‘icon’ by being honoured with one of the highest international accolades.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Wild rivers inspire artisan brew

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The wild rivers and pioneering spirit of Tasmania are the inspiration behind the first major beer launch in more than a decade at Australia’s oldest brewery site.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Global kudos for sparkling wines

Another ringing endorsement for Tasmania’s world-class sparkling wines. One of France’s most respected champagne authorities has proclaimed our bubbly offerings to be amongst the best anywhere. Fourth generation French champagne maker, Cyril Brun, Chef de Caves for Charles Heidsieck, has likened our sparkling wines to those of the great champagne houses. During a recent visit to Tasmania, he told The Mercury: “Every time I taste the sparkling wine from Tasmania I feel like it is the one that could be potentially the closest to champagne.” About one third of all wine made in Tasmania is sparkling. The local industry is also booming, with latest figures estimating it is now worth $100 million to the local economy each year. Another $15.2 million is also generated by wine-related tourism.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Bellamy’s back in black

Tasmanian based baby food and formula company, Bellamy’s, has put the tough times behind, and is reporting healthy profits. The Launceston based company reported a net after-tax profit of $42.8 million for 2017-18. Revenue also jumped by 37 per cent to $329 million. This represents a major turnaround from the $800,000 loss the company had recorded for the previous financial year, and a previous share price crash. Bellamy’s Chief Executive, Andrew Cohen told The Advocate: “…the Bellamy’s turnaround plan continues to demonstrate results in terms of revenue growth, profitability, cashflow and the balance sheet…Beyond the numbers, the business has transformed over the period in terms of process and disciplines, but, more importantly, in terms of culture and capability.” He adds, growth is focused on selling organic infant nutrition into China and wider Asia.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

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Fine food fare

Edition 199_FineFoods

Wallaby fattened on King Island pastures, and leatherwood honey collected from pristine rainforests whetted appetites as Tasmania held centre stage at Australia’s premier fine food expo.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

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