Australian Organic Awards for Excellence celebrates organic products and processes, from food, drinks to natural skin care in Australia, and, for 2018, the top five awards were handed to Victorian producers, with South Melbourne’s Whole Kids taking the title of Business of the Year.
The 2018 iteration of the annual national organics awards is its fifth consecutive run, with Victorian mushroom farmer Chris McLoghlin managing to take home the award for Farmer of the Year.
Other states managed to take some awards for themselves too, however, with Queensland yoghurt maker Coyo Organics named as Export Market Leader of the year, while NSW’s Sativa Skincare managed to win the Certified Organic Cosmetic Product of the Year award.
The organiser of the awards, industry peak group Australian Organic, took note of the innovative contributions made to the organic industry, from food production to natural skin care in Australia, over the course of 2018.
The non profit organisation established a certification scheme aimed at organic products and methods that they use to independently verify that farmers and processors in the country are producing in accordance with industry standard sets, and have also introduced their own logo, the Bud symbol, use to signify the integrity of organic products available in the marketplace for consumers.
From food, drinks, to hygiene products to natural skin care in Australia, the demand for organic products in Australia is growing consistently every year, and Australian Organic’s 2018 Market Report stated that the nation’s organic industry now sits at a value of $2.4 billion.
Total export value, the report says, is part $700 million per annum, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 15%.
Fruit, veggies, nuts, meats and eggs account for 3/4th of that value, with those particular sectors experiencing consistent and considerable growth since 2014.
According to Dr. Andrew Monk, retiring Chairman of Australian Organic, the emerging and sustained export growth across red meat, dairy, wines, and horticultural products is an exciting aspect of the industry now, as it highlights the maturation of supply chains and supply-ability in the world. He says that there is growing demand, both domestically and internationally, for Aussie certified organic products, alongside the assurance that it associated with the brand and the bud logo.