Natalie and Chris McLoghlin

AUSTRALIA’S most innovative organic producers shone at the fifth annual Australian Organic Awards for Excellence in November last year. Victorian organic mushroom farmer Chris McLoghlin, of Lockwood South-based Mycelia Organics, took out the coveted Farmer of the Year award.

Several other rural agricultural businesses also took home honours including Daniel Spotswood of Mt Alma Organics in Inkerman, Qld, who was named Young Organic Leader of the Year; the Barossa’s Kalleske Wines who took out the two main wine awards; Cleaver’s Meats of Toowoomba for Organic Food Product; Mulloon Creek Natural Farms in Bungendore, NSW and Ozganics in Murwillumbah, NSW who both won the Chairman’s Award; Buronga Organics in Cootamundra, NSW and Green Grove Organics in Junee, NSW who each won the Hall of Fame award.

The awards were hosted in Canberra at Pialligo Estate Glasshouse by Australian Organic, celebrating the outstanding and innovative contributions members of the nation’s organic industry and showcasing leading products, businesses and individuals.

Dignitaries in attendance at the prestigious event included David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources; Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology; Greens’ senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Rex Patrick.

Australian Organic received a huge amount of high-quality entries for the 2018 annual awards.

The full list of winners is below:

INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

Best Organic Market Innovator of the Year
WINNER: Australian Organic Food Co Soup (Braeside, VIC)

Certified Organic Wine Business of the Year
WINNER: Kalleske Wines (Greenock, SA)

Export Market Leader of the Year
WINNER: COYO Organic (Yandina, QLD)

PRODUCT CATEGORIES

New Certified Organic Product of the Year
WINNER: Soulfresh Lo Bros COLA Kombucha (Altona North, VIC)

Certified Organic Food Product of the Year
WINNER: Cleaver’s Chicken Nuggets (Toowoomba, QLD)

Certified Organic Non-Food Product of the Year
WINNER: TOM Organic Female Hygiene (St Kilda, VIC)

Certified Organic Alcoholic Beverage of the Year
WINNER: Kalleske Wines (Greenock, SA)

Certified Organic Non-Alcoholic Beverage of the Year
WINNER: Bean Ground and Drunk of The Bean Alliance (Reservoir, VIC)

Certified Organic Cosmetic Product of the Year
WINNER: SATIVA Skincare (Bangalow, NSW)

MARKETING CATEGORIES

Best Organic Influencer of the Year
WINNER: Mukti Organics (Maleny, QLD)

OVERALL CATEGORIES

Farmer of the Year
WINNER: Chris McLoghlin, Mycelia Organics (Diggers Rest/Lockwood South VIC)

Business of the Year
WINNER: Whole Kids (South Melbourne, VIC)

Retailer of the Year
WINNER: Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods (Balwyn VIC)

Young Organic Leader of the Year
WINNER: Daniel Spotswood, Mt Alma Organics (Inkerman, QLD)

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

WINNER: Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, The Mulloon Institute (Bungendore, NSW)
WINNER: Anni Brownjohn, Ozganics (Murwillumbah, NSW)

HALL OF FAME

WINNER: The Booth Family, Mary and David Booth, Buronga Organics (Cootamundra, NSW)
WINNER: The Druce Family, Coral and Neil Druce, Green Grove Organics (Junee, NSW)

 

Organic products are incredibly popular in Australia, with demand growing consistently year-on-year. The 2018 Market Report compiled by Australian Organic reveals that the nation’s organic industry is worth a massive $2.4billion.

The total value of exports is now in excess of $700 million per annum with exports growing more than 15 per cent annually (compound growth rate). Fruit, vegies, nuts, meat and eggs account for three quarters of the value with sectors growing considerably since 2014.

Currently, the area of land under certified organic management in Australia is 35million hectares – more than half of all certified land-area on planet earth.

Dr Andrew Monk, retiring Chairman of Australian Organic, says the emerging and sustained export growth across red meat, wines, dairy and horticultural products to name a few, is a particularly exciting feature of the industry now.

“It really highlights a maturing in terms of supply chains and supply-ability to the world,” he says.

“There is growing demand, both domestically and internationally for Australian certified organic products, and the integrity that is associated with the brand and the Bud logo.

“The industry is very diverse in its growth from regional gourmet producers to vertically integrated supply chain value-adders marketing to the world.

“This industry remains smaller relative to all its international trading partner counterparts suggesting we’re only now on the cusp of a significant growth uplift for this market segment in the years ahead.”

For more information on Australian Organic and the 2019 Australian Organic Awards for Excellence visit  www.austorganic.com

15/2/19