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Food and beverage stories

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

Big win for our fish ’n’ chips

Tasmanian Gourmet Seafoods, in an out-of-the-way corner of the Hobart airport precinct, has taken out the People’s Choice award for selling the nation’s best fish and chips. The shop mustered 95,000 votes for Sydney’s National Seafood Awards to outscore fish ’n’ chip outlets in all other States and territories. Owners, Michael Blake and Tabitha Dodson, credited their win to hard work and using only fresh ingredients and never frozen ones. “We’ve been cooking for three years,” Mr Blake told The Mercury. “Prior to that we dealt just in fresh fish. I’m very fussy. Tasmania has great seafood and we wanted to cook it right … we just went on word of mouth. We thought if we got the product right, then news would spread about how good it was.” The delighted couple now has plans to expand. The Northern Territory’s Frying Nemo got the nod from National Seafood Awards judges.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

Viticulturist honoured

Jansz’s Jennifer Doyle was named Viticulturist of the Year when the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards were announced in London in September. She told the gathering: “My viticultural journey began 25 years ago in my home state of New South Wales. However, my wine compass has been resolutely fixed on a southerly bearing. Tasmania’s Pipers River region is a very special place. A close-knit community that live and work on the land and the unique terroir that influences our award-winning sparkling wine has rewarded me with some of the most fruitful years of my career.” Virginia Willcock of Vasse Felix in Margaret River was named Woman Winemaker of the Year.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

Agrarian Eatery tops nation

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The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store at New Norfolk is Australia’s Regional Restaurant of the Year.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Seaweed in brain breakthrough

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Seaweed extracts produced by Tasmanian biopharmaceutical company Marinova are proving effective in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Kreglinger on Chatto worklist

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Nationally respected wine-maker and judge Jim Chatto has strengthened his Tasmanian presence, taking on the role of Chief Winemaker for Kreglinger Wine Estates at Pipers Brook.

5 November 2017

London gold for Crater chardy

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Riversdale Estate won a gold medal in October’s International Wine and Spirit Competition in London for its 2015 Crater Chardonnay.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Agri-Food value hits $2.39b

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The gross value of Tasmania’s agriculture and seafood sectors increased by 5.9 per cent to $2.39 billion in 2015–2016, according to the latest State Government figures.

3 November 2017, Edition 189

Lobster hatchery to lead world

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The world’s first commercial rock lobster hatchery will be built in Tasmania following a $10 million deal between Hobart-based aquaculture supplier PFG Group and the University of Tasmania.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

A ‘great’ vintage is looming

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The local wine industry had a good story to tell about this year’s vintage at Wine Tasmania’s recent VIN Diemen 2017 promotions in Sydney and Melbourne.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

Levy plan for nature’s abalone

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Close involvement in the Chinese market and a levy-funded marketing effort to promote the virtues of wild abalone are keys to the future of a charismatic Tasmanian industry.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

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Bigger, cleaner ships for TT-Line

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TT-Line is set to order two new, bigger and cleaner ships to boost capacity and heighten customer appeal on its Bass Strait service.

11 December 2017, Edition 190

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