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Food and beverage stories

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

Branding tales enthral big audience

Edition 163 Ray Martin and John Hammond ... intriguing interviews

Expatriate media celebrity Ray Martin, AO, and local producers John Hammond and Mark Littler joined forces to deliver the Brand Tasmania message to an impressive business audience in Launceston Town Hall in July.

5 August 2015, Edition 163

Pink ladies consigned to Asia

Tasmanian apple grower Hansen Orchards has consigned a sea container of pink lady apples to China and another to Thailand following successful trials of the variety in those markets. Yields of the variety in the company’s Huon Valley orchards are up 30 per cent.

9 July 2015, Edition 162

Fake branding challenges exporters

Tasmanian cherry growers are assessing options to fight back against produce being sold in counterfeit “Tasmanian-grown" packaging in China and Vietnam. Fruit Growers Tasmania’s Business Development Manager, Phil Pyke, said: “It’s been quoted that for every kilo of genuine Tasmanian cherries sold in China there are 5kg of non-Tasmanian cherries being sold in counterfeit boxes.” Fruit sold as “Tasmanian" in Vietnam sparked health fears. Lucy Gregg, from Reid Fruits said: “We’re the Louis Vuitton of cherries in China, because everyone wants to copy us, but they are putting inferior quality cherries in there and, therefore, degrading our brand.” The Fruit Growers Association is looking at legal options, while some growers have resolved to invest in packaging that is more difficult to copy.

7 July 2015, Edition 162

Sauvignon Blanc tops Decanter

Tasmania’s 2014 Bay of Fires Sauvignon Blanc has topped its class at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. The wine collected the International Trophy for Sauvignon Blanc over £15, marking it as the very best of its variety.

It is the second time a Tasmanian sauvignon blanc has been judged the best in the world, following the same award in 2009 for the 2007 Tamar Ridge Kayena Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Josef Chromy topped the chardonnay section in 2013, while various Tasmanian sparkling wines and pinot noirs have collected national and international trophies.

Brand Tasmania’s Wine and Food Writer, Graeme Phillips, said: “[This success] comes on top of Tolpuddle 2013 Pinot Noir winning the trophy for the Best Australian Red Wine at the International Wine Challenge in London. Between them, Tasmanian wines have won two of the top awards at two of the world’s most prestigious wine shows.” The Decanter Awards’ Regional Trophy for Australian Sparkling Wine over £15 went to the 2002 House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged, which is made in South Australia using Tasmanian grapes.

7 July 2015, Edition 162

Join the shout on Tassie’s Beer Trail

Edition162 Join the shout on Tassie's Beer

Beer and pubs have been close to Tasmanian hearts since the early 1800s and now an official Beer Trail will help more visitors to share the local pleasures.

7 July 2015, Edition 162

Tasmania’s Stories Edition 161

Edition161 The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein - jobs the top priority

Budgets lead off this month’s Tasmania’s Stories newsletter, with both the State and Federal versions announced in May.

22 June 2015, Edition 161

Alcorso’s successor named

A well-credentialed wine industry figure, Jonathan Lord, is to become the new General Manager of Winemaking Tasmania, the State’s largest contract wine maker and a significant cider producer. Mr Lord, who spent five years as Global Brand Development Manager for Southcorp Wines, will take over from the company’s founding Manager and Chief Wine Maker, Julian Alcorso, when he retires next year.

2 June 2015, Edition 161

Cape Grim serves up gourmet burgers

Premium grass-fed beef label Cape Grim Beef and celebrity chef Neil Perry’s Burger Project Team worked together to wow customers at a Beef Australia event in Rockhampton, Queensland. The Cape Grim Beef team from Tasmania cooked up a remarkable one tonne of premium minced chuck and brisket patties at the triennial beef jamboree in May. The Managing Director of Greenham Tasmania, Peter Greenham, said: “Although the Cape Grim brand is already well known domestically and exported to 15 countries, we wanted Tasmanian beef to be showcased at this truly international event. We’ve had a long relationship with Neil Perry and the Rockpool Group so when we had the chance to work together to present a great burger at Beef Week, we all jumped at it.”

2 June 2015, Edition 161

Truffle master class heralds harvest

Edition 161 Katsunobu Kitaoka ...

Katsunobu Kitaoka, one of Japan’s most respected and influential chefs, put on a master class of truffle cuisine in May to help launch Tasmania’s 2015 black truffle season.

2 June 2015, Edition 161

Quick response in N-W jobs crisis

Edition 161 Burnie's Heritage Cheese plant ... now the biggest in the southern hemisphere

A prompt State Government response and several unrelated private sector announcements have calmed a sense of crisis in north-west Tasmania over Caterpillar’s decision to move machinery production from Burnie to Thailand.

2 June 2015, Edition 161

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