Signs Organic Deal with China
Australian organic food and wine to China are expected to increase
following the signing of the organic trade access agreement between the
The agreement was signed in Adelaide by Australian organic certifier the
National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) and a
Chinese organic certification body. The deal will allow NASAA to inspect
organic operations for export to China, the first time any foreign
organisation has gained such approval.
NASAA general manager Ben Copeman said it was the most significant
initiative for the Australian organic industry in 30 years. "We estimate
it could add A $60 million to A $100 million a year in trade to the
Australian organic sector," he said.
"It will save operators thousands of dollars and months of paperwork in
exporting their organic products to China." The deal will allow NASAA-trained
and Beijing WuYue HuaXia Management and Technique Center (CHC) approved
inspectors in Australia to audit certified operators.
Mr Copeland said this would allow Australian organic producers access to
the highly regulated Chinese organic market with the same ease and cost
structure as access to the American, Japanese or European organic
markets. The Australian organic industry produced A $1.27 billion worth
of produce in 2012 and is estimated to be growing by about 15 per cent a
Asian Market for Organic Food &
Australia: Inglewood Farms Under New
Australia's largest organic poultry
producer, Inglewood Farms, is under new ownership. Since taken over by
the Youngberry family, the company has a new simplified management that
will see the small business begin to thrive. Inglewood Farms was
purchased in late 2013 from receivers for the failed RM Williams
Agricultural Holdings company.
It's no ordinary family that takes on the challenge of turning a failed
business around. CEO and family member Katrina Hobbs said: "The organic
chicken farm has huge potential and our number one focus is getting back
to basics to ensure the success of the business". The multi-generational
Youngberry family has proven its business acumen in horticulture,
operating Eden Farms with its 11 hectares of greenhouses. The hydroponic
greenhouse operation is Australia's largest producer of cucumbers.
"We've built strong links with the community in our other operations in
Bundaberg, Hampton, Highfields and Pittsworth and now we are looking
forward to being a part of the Inglewood community," Katrina said.
"We are family oriented and we care. Approximately 800 people live in
Inglewood and we have a little over 100 of them on our payroll at
"We know what a big deal this is to the town and it means a lot to us
that we have been able to retain this local workforce. The strength we
see taking Inglewood Farms forwards is our vertical integration, right
through from producing some of our own organic grain in Inglewood."
Forecasts for Australia's organic market are looking good, with an
average growth projection for the coming years of 10 to 15 percent. "We
are positioned well to supply the market which is increasingly
interested in how their product was produced and the astute consumer
wants to ensure their food is free from nasties like chemical residue,
GMO, preservatives and medications.
"Our product ticks all the boxes. We're Certified Organic, which
includes free range, and we even air chill our chickens, unlike the
majority of Australian chicken which is processed using spin-chilling
techniques which result in the final product absorbing highly
Inglewood Farms chicken is distributed through Woolworths under the
'Macro' organic branding, as 'Inglewood Farms' chicken at Coles
supermarkets, and in other organic retail stores and supermarkets across
Source: Queensland Country Life
Australia: Leadership Change for Jurlique
Pola Orbis Holdings Inc. has announced a
new president and CEO at its Australian subsidiary Jurlique.
The Japanese company Pola Orbis acquired Jurlique in December 2011. As
well as leading the Australian natural skincare products market,
Jurlique has built an international presence; exports go to over 20
countries, including Singapore, China, Denmark, UK and the US.
Mark Whyman will take on the position of president and CEO, taking over
from Toru Yamamoto. Whyman has been involved in many lifestyle and
apparel brands and taken significant roles in their Asia and Oceania
businesses. Jurlique has been proactively expanding globally, especially
in China and Hong Kong, and a the new president and CEO of Jurlique,
Whyman will be in charge of leading the further growth of the brand.
Additionally, Sam McKay, currently president and CEO of Julique, will be
retiring and will be named an advisor for the overseas business of Pola
Orbis Holdings Inc. as of April 1. Pola Orbis Holdings’ COO Takafumi
Takezawa is also retiring.
Australian Market for Natural & Organic
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