On June 12 2009, The Organic Fine Food
Company, Bridgetown Western Australia, was announced as finalist in two
categories of the Food Challenge Awards for their KidSnaK
certified organic fruit snacks. These awards are open to any
food company large or small in Australia or New Zealand. Errol
Seymour, Managing Director, said: “it is pleasing to be selected
as a finalist in both the Health and Wellness and Snack Foods
categories, especially when we are competing with the corporate
giants”. The winners of each category will be announced in
Sydney on 29 July, 2009.
On July 29, 2009, The Organic Fine Food
Company, Bridgetown Western Australia, was announced at a gala
dinner in Sydney as winner of two awards in the Food Challenge
Awards for their KidSnaK certified organic fruit snacks. They
won the Snackfoods award and received the Highly Commended award
in the Health and Wellness category.
The Organic Fine Food Company is proud
to announce their NEW KidSnaK range. KidSnaK has been in
popular demand since its launch in July 2008, is being marketed
Australia wide, and was finalist in the 2008-2009 WA Food
Industry Awards for BEST RETAIL PRODUCT.
“KidSnaK is EVEN MORE HEALTHY NOW,
WITH 99% CERTIFIED ORGANIC FRUIT” said Errol Seymour,
Managing Director. “We are replacing concentrated fruit juice,
which we were using as a sweetener, with stevia, which has
almost no calories. We are the first organic company certified
by NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Australia) to be approved for stevia use, further demonstrating
our innovative and progressive approach to making healthy snacks
Stevia is a totally natural, non-GMO
sweetener, almost calorie free, which has been used in Japan for
decades. The product used in KidSnaK is imported from Japan, and
is manufactured to very high purity using natural processes from
the South American herb Stevia Rabaudiana, now cultivated in
many parts of the world. “The flavours of KidSnaK are now even
better, because stevia tends to enhance other natural flavours ”
KidSnaK fruit snacks are great treats
for lunch boxes, and although they can be stored and eaten at
room temperature, they can be chilled or frozen for refreshing
snacks on a hot day. They are certified organic with no added
sugar, no added concentrated fruit juice, no artificial colours,
no artificial flavours and no preservatives. Natural colours and
flavours are added to make the snacks attractive to children.
They are sold in 130 g and 65 g tubs, in two-packs, four-packs
and single tubs.
Finalist BEST RETAIL PRODUCT, 2008
WA Food Industry Association Awards
At the Western Australian Food and Beverage Industry Awards
conducted by the WA Food Industry Association on 14 November
2008, The Organic Fine Food Company was named one of three
finalists for BEST RETAIL PRODUCT for their KidSnaK range. In
the announcements at the presentations, the Food Industry
Association stated "The Organic Fine Food Company's newest
product, KidSnaK, is a certified organic pureed fruit snack for
children, offering a great taste and the right choice for a
healthy lunch box snack.
Innovative packaging design and the choice of all
environmentally friendly packaging material are part of the
company's commitment to supply an all healthy snack to consumers
for this fast growing retail category.
Consumer tastings at the Perth Royal Show and the 2008
Healthy Choice Food Expo confirmed that children love the
flavours and look of the product. Since the launch of the
product in July, KidSnaK are now stocked in a range of fresh
food markets, and IGA stores across metropolitan Perth and
regional Western Australia."
Recent press reports refer to Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical
commonly used in plastic food and beverage containers, having a
possible link to heart disease (ABC Science Online September 17
2008). There have been concerns over many years about the
possible hormone disrupting properties of this chemical.
Manufacturers of baby bottles now provide alternative materials
to the common polycarbonate plastic bottles which contain BPA.
Polypropylene is BPA free and is now used by many manufacturers
of baby bottles. Polypropylene has one of the lowest impacts on
the environment of all plastics.
The plastic tubs used for KidSnaK are made from
polypropylene, and the plastic lining on the inside of the foil
lids is also made from polypropylene. Therefore, consumers of
KidSnaK need have no concerns about BPA.
KidSnaK Launched at Perth Convention
Centre, July 2008
KidSnaK range of certified organic
pureed fruit snacks was launched at the Western Australian School
Canteen Association "Healthy Choice" Food Expo held at the Perth
Convention Centre on July 16 2008.
The product was well received by canteen and health
professionals. Taste sampling was provided to attendees with
excellent feedback. KidSnaK has been
awarded a "green light" (the highest ranking), under the Canteen
Association's Star Choice rating criteria, established in 2006 to
assist compliance with the Western Australia Department of Education
and Training's policy and standards for healthy food and drink
now have available 300 gram retail packs of frozen berries selling
in shops in Perth. Varieties presently available are Mixed
Berries, Boysenberries and Bramble Berries. See our
Frozen Berry Retail Packs page for
Retailers wishing to stock this product can contact Food Station,
our Perth wholesaler, phone (08) 9379 9924.
Award for our Environmental Mangement
At the 2008 National EMS Forum in Newcastle, we were presented
with the Merit Award for the Farmer Category of the EMS awards and
were runners up in the premier award for this category. Our EMS was
developed with, and is accredited by, the BestFarms team of the
Blackwood Basin Group who now provide EMS services nationwide. We
were the first EMS, other than the one for their demonstration farm,
to be accredited by BestFarms.
Western Australia State Natural Resource Management
Errol Seymour presented a paper at this conference in Bridgetown
entitled "Embracing Diversity and Environmental Sustainability with
On-Farm Food Processing". This paper describes how and why Drover's
Rest embarked on value adding to result in a major change of
direction for the venture. For the full text of the paper, click
more (PDF, 40KB).