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Food and beverage stories

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

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

Big win for our fish ā€™nā€™ 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

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15 February 2018, Edition 191

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