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February 2016


A message from our Chairman

New opportunities for producers to supply!

The past month we have been busy getting around to our member producers, old and new. We hope you enjoy the photo gallery tracking some of this, or check out our FB posts.

There remains a theme of under supply of sufficient Australian produce for the growing demands of the markets - here and abroad.

Of course this is not across the board - so producers beware and please talk to the marketplace to gain direct information on demands and needs.

Andrew  Monk
Chair, Australian Organic

New addition to the ACO family

We are proud to welcome the latest addition to the Australian Certified Organic family!

Michael Baker, Chief Certification Officer, is over the moon with the safe arrival of his first son, Alfie, who was born on 30th January, 2016, weighing 3.75Kgs. Mum and bub are both doing well, and little sister Karla is thrilled to have a playmate.


Profile of the month

Benalla Mushrooms grow certified organic mushrooms in Benalla, Victoria and were the first certified organic commercial mushroom farm in Australia.  Company owner Andrew Cowan says, “It’s not a job, it’s a life”. 

In the spotlight 

Let us introduce Australia’s largest supply chain manager and manufacturer of Organic meat - Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co Pty Ltd.  

Welcome to the cellar door

Gemtree is a family owned winery dedicated to growing better wine, naturally.


Farewell to an organic friend

Australian Organic would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Lockyer Valley Mayor, Steve Jones.

Steve was a huge supporter of the organic industry and proudly promoted the valley’s produce. His dedication and selflessness will be dearly remembered.

Photo courtesy of Rob Bauer and Trudy Townson.

Certification News


Renew Membership


Beetroots fit for a Crown Prince
Make sure you know the difference between grass-fed and organic beef!
Wapengo Rocks Wild Organic Oysters
Banaban Nourish Now under 3 Year Functional Food Research
Natures gift receives ACA product of the year award


Stay up to date with the latest certified organic products to hit the market recently!

This month we introduce:- 
Organic Merchant - The Golden Chai
Honest to Goodness - Organic Tinned Tomatoes and Passatas
To be featured simply email
with one image along with 50 words on your latest product.
The Annual Natural and Organic Super Show is back and It’s less than a month away!
We decided to chat with Australian Organic Marketing Assistant Brittany Stewart on why exactly we are exhibiting at the show, how it is benefiting our members and clients and how you can WIN two double passes!  



        Events Update



Search the Australian Organic Classifieds

Join Australian Organic’s Certified Organic Cooking Challenge


Do you have what it takes? Take the challenge and see!


It's Competition Time

This month’s giveaway has been brought to us by Yates who is giving one lucky reader the chance to WIN the complete Yates Nature’s Way range prize pack valued at $93.66.

For your chance to WIN, simply send an email to with the subject line YATES GIVEAWAY and list why you need Yates to save your garden.  
Good Luck!

Perfect Potion Winner

Congratulations to Rebecca Herrmann!

Last month Perfect Potion gave away an Aromatherapy Essential Oils Kit and Mini Bamboo Ultrasonic Diffuser to this lucky winner.  

Perfect Potion use certified organic essential oils and plant extracts that offer a gentle and holistic approach to personal wellbeing and revitalise and harmonise body, soul and spirit.

Head to to check out the rest of their certified organic range.
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