Organic Expo Award winners announced

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 17th July 2009

From organic sneakers to yoga packs, turmeric paste to potatoes, certified organic products are in demand and growing in popularity around the world.

The 2009 Organic Expo Awards, launched in 2007 by organisers Smeaton Hackett Evans, recognise excellence in the flourishing industry.

All products entered must be certified organic and on display at the 2009 Organic Expo. They are judged on taste, aroma, quality, fitness-for-purpose, packaging, impact on the environment, aesthetics, saleability, labelling, fair trade and Australian produced.

The most outstanding product of all classes was the Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste, which won the Overall Judges Choice Award. Holly Davis, Judge and food consultant praised the product as “an excellent concept”.

Peter de Jong, owner of Pure Food Essentials, was delighted to receive the recognition of a panel of judges from the food industry.

“Turmeric Powder has been available for a long time and like all spices is dried and powdered as a means to extend shelf life and for ease of use,” he explained. “Unfortunately in the drying process as it is well understood spices do loose a certain amount of flavour and turmeric powder tastes nothing like it’s fresh form. Fresh turmeric though can be particularly messy staining everything it comes into contact with. So after twelve years of growing, promoting, and selling fresh turmeric we decided that we could make a fresh product with an extended shelf life and make it available in a commercial form that suits all criteria.”

Felicity Percival, editor of Women’s Health magazine and a judge of the awards, said the products on offer were indicative of the innovation of the sector.

“I was impressed by the high standard of products entered,” she advised. “There were a few clear winners when we considered everything from the effectiveness of the products to the ingredients, packaging and the overall brand philosophies.”

Products over 5 product classes were entered this year, with the full list of winners outlined below:

Best Organic Food Product: Kailis Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Blue Hills Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey
Most Innovative Organic Product: Inika Purely Bronzed (Certified Organic Tinted Bronzing Mousse)
Best Organic Non-Food Product: House of Herbs Avocado Certified Organic Face Cream
Best Organic Product Range: “Lloyd’s Organic Harvest” 100% Pure Grape Juice (Varietal)
Best New Organic Product: Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste
Overall Judges Choice Award: Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste

Organic wine awards

The rise in popularity in Organic wines is reaching an all time high and the results of the 2009 Organic Wine Show suggest further potential for growth of the sector.

A total of 146 Australian and New Zealand Organic and Biodynamic wines were judged by a group of Australia’s leading wine professionals including Chief Judge Max Allen, Australia’s most widely published wine writer and author of many books on wine. Judging with Max were Vanya Cullen, winemaker, awarded the UK Drinks Magazine Woman of the Year 2008; Jon Osbeiston, Ulitmo Wine Centre; Sophie Otton, Sommelier, Rockpool Bar & Grill; Renee Foster, Ultimo Wine Centre and Gill Gordon Smith, Wine Educator, McLaren Vale. Over 60 medals were awarded this year: 44 bronze; 13 silver; 3 gold.

THE 2009 GOLD WINNERS:

Overall Winner “Best Wine of Show”, and “Best White Wine of Show”: Thistle Hill 2009 Riesling

“Best Red Wine of Show”, and “Best Preservative Free Wine of Show”: Temple Bruer 2007 Shiraz Malbec

Gold Medal: Yalumba 2008 Viognier

Trophies will be presented to the winners at the opening of the 2009 Organic Expo on Friday 24 July.