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Food and beverage stories

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

Locals snare produce titles

Burnie cheese maker Lion collected Champion Semi-hard and Eye Cheese for its Heidi Tilsit at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. Australian Honey Products of Launceston won the champion honey award with its Taverner’s Organic Leatherwood Honey; Launceston business Manubread Tasmania won champion pastry; and Tasmanian Gourmet Garlic took home the prize for its speciality.

7 October 2015, Edition 165

Multi-layered bid to beat cherry cheats

Hi-tech packaging, advertising and education will be part of a 2016 response by Tasmanian cherry growers to counterfeit marketers in Asia. “It’s not just about the commodity, it’s also about the reputation of Tasmanian growers,” producers spokesman Phil Pyke said. Growers are working with packaging companies to develop packaging that is difficult to copy. They will place articles and advertisements in Chinese produce magazines to forewarn wholesalers and retailers on the availability of genuine Tasmanian cherries.

7 October 2015, Edition 165

Steaks meet stakes at Caulfield

The Melbourne Racing Club will rebadge a Group 3 race at Caulfield as the Cape Grim Beef Steaks after Greenham Tasmania signed a deal to become the club’s official supplier of beef. The owner of the Cape Grim brand has become the official supplier of beef to restaurants and marquees at the course. The company’s Managing Director, Peter Greenham, said: “Cape Grim is our flagship brand and we are very happy to link with MRC, as they also represent a premium offering to the market.”

7 October 2015, Edition 165

CNN rates Tassie wines

Leading US broadcaster CNN has included Tasmania in a list of the world’s top 10 up-and-coming wine regions. “It’s another top 10 for Tassie,” the Chief Executive of Wine Tasmania, Sheralee Davies, said. “The global accolades are coming in so regularly and consistently, it’s extraordinary.” CNN praised the diversity of Tasmanian wine. “Some of Australia’s most vibrant new wines are coming out of the overlooked island State of Tasmania,” the broadcaster said. “Tasmania’s southern latitude and cool, maritime climate makes for unique wines vastly different from anywhere else in the country.” Other regions on the global list include Sicily, Michigan and Moravia in the Czech Republic.

7 October 2015, Edition 165

Bream Creek wins gold in China

Bream Creek Vineyard has won a Gold Medal at China’s biggest wine and spirit competition. The 2011 Bream Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir was honoured alongside some of the most famous wine brands in the world at the 2015 China Wine and Spirits Awards in Hong Kong. Vineyard owner Fred Peacock said: “It’s fantastic news for our local industry to see a Tasmanian wine get up there among the best in the world and it also means a lot to us in so far as trade with China goes. We now look forward to the opportunity to stand out and grow the prestige of Tasmanian wines in the thriving Chinese market.”

7 October 2015, Edition 165

Our olive oils lead the nation

Cradle Coast Olives won the Best Olive Oil of Show, as well as the Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) title at the Australian Olive Association’s national awards in September. Rochford Hall Olive Oil won the trophy for champion Delicate EVOO in its first national competition. Kellevie growers Paul and Chris Lovell have 500 trees, mainly of the Koroneiki variety, and harvested for the first time in 2013. Ashbolt Farm, in the Derwent Valley, was judged reserve champion for Robust EVOO. Mr Lovell commented on the strong State showing: “Tasmanian growers are able to get more flavour out of their olives because of the longer growing season. The future is looking good with the local industry growing.”

7 October 2015, Edition 165

Top grading for Cressy hatchery

Petuna’s salmon and ocean trout hatchery in Cressy has become the first multi-species hatchery in the world to be awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Petuna’s products can now carry three-star BAP labelling. BAP is an international certification program based on science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain. It is backed up by independent audits that evaluate on-going compliance. Petuna CEO Mark Porter said: “Environmental and social responsibility is key to our business and adding our hatchery to our already accredited marine farms demonstrates the continued hard work and dedication our team puts in across every aspect of our business.”

7 October 2015, Edition 165

Farmer of the year rises from the ashes

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Enterprises that rose out of the ashes of the devastating Dunalley bushfire in 2013 have earned local farmer Matt Dunbabin the nation’s 2015 Farmer of the Year title.

6 October 2015, Edition 165

Milk production jumps 10pc

Milk production jumped 10 per cent in Tasmania last year, with a record 886 million litres produced in a season. Production has increased by 286 million litres over the past decade.

2 September 2015, Edition 164

Potato champion wins world award

Tasmanian potato researcher Kevin Clayton-Greene received an international industry award during the World Potato Congress in China in August. Dr Clayton-Greens has written some 30 research papers and has helped introduce a range of new potato varieties to the Australian and New Zealand markets.

2 September 2015

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