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Australia: Organic Winery Gets Chinese Green Light


Australia: Dairy is Fastest Growing Organic Sector


Australia: Animal-Testing Ban for Cosmetics Near




Australia: Organic Winery gets Chinese Green Light

An organic winery in South Australia has become the first to be certified under a new agreement with China.

Australian certifier National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASSA) has signed a market-access deal with Chinese certifier Beijing WuYue HuaXia Management & Technique Centre (CHC), to allow for the legal export of organic wine overseas. After a process which took months, Temple Bruer winery in Langhorne Creek now has the go ahead to export to the lucrative Chinese market.

David Bruer is the company's chief executive and says they started exporting to China with organic wine certified to Australian standards in 2004, but stopped after the law there changed.

"In order to legally export to China, we need to have Chinese organic certification. It's not adequate to have domestic certification," he said.

"The law changed a few years ago, but they only started to enforce it last year.

"It means we can export legally. Without the Chinese certification, you can't export legally."

He says there are wineries that are exporting without certification, but he says it's vital to do the right thing.

"I don't want to fall foul of the Chinese Government. The Chinese market is so large we just don't want to make any mistakes."

Mr Bruer says the Chinese market is vital to his company and having China as an export partner again could be worth more than AUS $760,000 and boost the winery's export market by as much as 25 percent.

OM Comment
The Chinese market for organic foods is not just the largest in Asia, it is also one of the fastest growing. Temple Bruer has taken the right decision to get Chinese organic certification as this will enable it to boost exports. Without Chinese organic certification, exporters face the risk of product withdrawal from this fast-growing market.

Related Report: #5002-40 The Asian Market for Organic Food & Drink

Source: ABC Premium News



Australia: Dairy is Fastest Growing Organic Sector

According to Australian Organic (AO), the organic farming industry is worth over $1.7 billion. The AO report says dairy is the fastest growing organic category in 2014, reporting a compound growth of around 127 percent, while organic grains suffered in continuing drought conditions, but still managed a 20 percent growth throughout the year.

Local organic supplier Carolyn Ditchfield said it is true many Australians are turning organic for health reasons, but suggested that a nutritional hyperawareness may not be the only contributing factor to the industries marked growth. 'Nutritionally, I'll leave that as the debate continuing,' she said.

'There are some studies that will claim that you do get a better profile of certainly Omega-3s in a lot of animal products and in theory there is meant to be better enzyme content. Not just calcium and magnesium and stuff, it is the other constructed molecules.'

'I don't pick too many bones with any of it, really. I've never gone into it for the nutrient value.'

Carolyn said it was more likely consumers from numerous angles were approaching the market and contributing to its continuing boom.

'You will find your organic customer is coming from so many different angles and that is probably why it is growing so quickly,' she said. One of the most popular in her experience was supporting producers looking to make a difference to traditional farming practices.

'Those who can do it organically and do it well, I just love supporting them and that's where a lot of consumers are coming from as well,' she said. 'Supporting a real person who is really doing a good job ' it's about rewarding and encouraging these sorts of farmers,'

Nutritionally, Carolyn said there are charted consumer movements away from dairy and wheat grains that could be opening the door for alternate grain and dairy options.

'If they are stating that there is a whole movement towards organic grain, I wonder if that is just grain wheat or is that all the alternate grains starting to come in that don't have the gluten, because that's that market,' she said. 'A lot of people are getting off diary products because they are not digesting it well. So you have got a whole movement of people going dairy-free.'

Carolyn said the multi-pronged approach to organics had certainly put a strain on supply. 'They cannot get enough grain for the industry. Particularly pigs and chooks, they are the worst. They are getting to the point where they cannot certify themselves because they literally cannot get their hands on organic grain, which is really quite tragic,' she said. With continuing growth trends, Carolyn said the consumers were on the cusp of what could be a reversal of conventional and organic trends that could see major supply changes over the next 10 years.

'The industry has to keep growing because people are asking for it,' she said.

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#4101-60 The Australian Market for Natural & Organic PC Products

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Australia: Animal-Testing Ban for Cosmetics Near

The Australian Senate has passed a motion in support of ending animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products.

At present, there is no law forbidding animal testing for cosmetics in Australia, although the latest development has been taken as a signal by cruelty-free activists that such legislation might be on the horizon.

Hannah Stuart, from the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign – which is run by Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International – said: “Without a legal ban there is nothing to prevent cosmetics animal testing taking place here in Australia, or overseas during development of products sold in our shops. Such bans are already in place across the European Union, Israel and India, and there is now a growing worldwide momentum towards ending such cruelty.”

The motion is the latest development to take place surrounding the issue of cosmetics testing on animals; the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill was introduced by Green Party Senator Lee Rhiannon in March, while a Labour Party consultation in September found 92% of respondents supported a complete ban.

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate, Liberal Senator Anne Ruston, said: “I believe it’s time to acknowledge the majority of Australians would like to see an end to testing cosmetics on animals, and that we have a responsibility to work towards this worthy goal.”

Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon, added: “This is a small positive step forward to eliminate animal cruelty, and it is excellent to have in principal commitment from Labor, the Liberals and the Nationals. The next step would be to pass legislation to ban all animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients.”

The cross-party motion was co-sponsored by Ruston, Rhiannon, Labour Senator Lisa Singh, Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan, Palmer United Party Senators Glenn Lazarus and Zhenya Wang and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

Alternatives to animal-tests for cosmetics and personal care products are regularly discussed at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. The North American edition of this executive summit will be hosted in New York on 14-16th May 2015. More details will be on the  website

Source: Cosmetics Business / OM














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