Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat win big at the 2015 Australian Organic Awards

 Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Company has won gold twice at the 2015 Australian Organic Annual Awards.  The ceremony was held in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland, on 27 November. The awards received were ‘Best Organic Food Product’ (for the new Paleo beef sausage under their Cleaver’s brand) and ‘Export Market Leader.’
The organic food sector is one of the fastest growing categories in Australia.  The estimated value of the certified organic industry is $AUD1.72B per annum. 

Australian organic exports alone are now worth $AUD340 million. With so much opportunity at home and abroad, Arcadian is staying focused on developing new and innovative products.   The company goal is to remain a leader in the Australian organic food industry and a leading organic exporter.
“Our Cleaver’s brand Paleo beef sausages have only been on shelves since July of this year. Its success, so soon after launching the product, has lead us to develop a family of other Paleo products to offer alongside this award-winning beef sausage,” said Mick Dorahy, Chief Operating Officer and head of the Cleaver’s business.
“Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy about the quality of their diet and their desire to source quality organic products. The awards help to validate how important it is to maintain the high standards of our industry and continually innovate in the development of new products to meet the needs of our customers”, said Dorahy.
On receiving the Export Market Leader award, CEO of Arcadian Organic, Alister Ferguson, said, “We are so delighted to be the recipient of this award. We have worked particularly hard to build our export business. Over 75 per cent of our product is exported and we continue to drive new opportunities across Asia and the United States.”

“We feel humbled by the recognition of this award and excited about the growth of our business from increasing overseas demand for quality organic Australian beef and lamb.

Colouring food naturally works best says Lycored

Lycored, a global leader in carotenoids, says it has overcome the most common technical problems with natural colours to develop a range of vibrant reds, oranges and yellows that make it easy for food and beverage manufacturers to ditch artificial ingredients for good.

Natural colours from Lycored are certified Kosher and Halal, non-GMO, vegetarian and are heat, light and pH stable. They give an authentic appearance to a wide range of products time after time – but not at the expense of a clean label.

Available in the Lycored natural colourings range are two new offerings:

•    Tomat-O-Red – created using tomato-derived lycopene, it offers a more technically sound red colouring alternative to unstable beetroot and anthocyanins, as well as carmine, which is not vegetarian-friendly. It is designed for use in fruit preparations, dairy products, confectionery, meat, baked goods and beverages. Lycored’s lycopene is highly stable under a wide range of pH, ascorbic acid and high-temperature conditions. 

•    Lyc-O-Beta – sourced from Blakeslea trispora, a beta-carotene-rich, allergen-free natural fungus cultivated by Lycored. Natural beta-carotene extracted from Blakeslea Trispora offers a spectrum of yellow to orange shades for use in bakery, fillings, confectionery, dairy and beverages. 

Both ingredients are available in liquid formats in a range of different formulations designed to deliver varying levels of colour intensity and are approved for use as food colourants in Australia. 

Tomat-O-Red and Lyc-O-Beta also offer other application benefits. In beverages, they are light stable and stable alongside added healthy ingredients such as Vitamin C. They are perfect for dairy products because they are stable in pasteurisation and most UHT processes, and when used in fruit yoghurts they will not bleed into the white mass. In confectionery, meanwhile, they offer a safe, natural and visually appealing colour that will delight children.

Tamara Higgins, Lycored’s Global Category Manager for Coloration, said: “There’s huge pressure on food and beverage manufacturers to use natural colours but this can cause a range of technical problems at the point of production. Our natural colours portfolio has been designed to offer the best of everything ¬– naturalness and superb appearance, but not at the expense of performance and functionality. With our colours, your food and beverage products won’t just look fantastic, but they’ll also be natural, safe and stable – everything today’s retailers and consumers want and expect.”