Australian Organic's latest crop of champions

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Australian Organic Ltd. (AOL), the nation’s longest-established independent organics-sector body, hosted its 4th Annual Awards for Excellence on 17 November 2017.

The annual Awards night “celebrates the important contribution Australia’s leading certified-organic operators make to the nation’s organic industry – and, in turn to the Australian economy and the environment”, stated AO in a media release following the announcement.

According to a nationwide survey conducted in 2016, organic foods now have “a firm foothold” in the shopping patterns and preferences of Australians, with a recent consumer survey finding that more than two-thirds of Aussie households had bought organic products in the previous 12 months.

The recent upswing in organic product purchasing by Australian consumers – supported by major supermarket chains and retailers stocking a greater variety of (more affordably priced) certified-organic products – is a key contributing factor to the scale and quality of organic produce available in Australia today, noted Australian Organic's Communications and Marketing Manager Rhiannon Christie.

“The industry is alive and booming,” Christie said. “Earlier this year we revealed [that] our country officially holds the largest amount of organically managed farmland in the world, at 53%. So it’s no surprise that the calibre of entrants was at an all-time high this year.”

TOM Organics' pure cotton range of tampons, nappies, pads and liners netted the AOAA for Best Organic Business in 2017.
TOM Organics' pure cotton range of tampons, nappies, pads and liners netted the AOAA for Best Organic Business in 2017.
TOM Organics, via Facebook

AOAA categories 

The AO Annual Awards for Excellence (AOAA) recognise finalists from across Australia in an array of categories, including:

  • certified-organic foods, beverages and cosmetics;
  • organic businesses – producers, processors and retailers;
  • innovative organic products; and
  • future organics-sector leaders.

In 2017, the ‘Innovative Product of the Year’ category was sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; and AO launched a new award category: Certified Organic Wine of the Year.

Monika's Organics family-run fruit-and-veg farm in South Australia: son Daniel Quattrocchi of Monika's Organics was the recipient of 2017 AOAA for Young Organic Producer.
Monika's Organics family-run fruit-and-veg farm in South Australia: son Daniel Quattrocchi of Monika's Organics was the recipient of 2017 AOAA for Young Organic Producer.
Monika's Organics, via Facebook

AO's 'organic champions' for 2017: the winners 

AO’s Annual Awards for Excellence, and their respective recipients in 2017 were as follows:

Congratulations to all the 2017 award-winners (and to the brains behind them!)

Further information

For more information on AOAA award-winning organic Smoothie Bombs, check out this how-to video:

For further information about the Australian Organic Annual Awards for Excellence (AOAA), including lists of award finalists in each category and previous winners, visit the awards section of the official AO site.

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