Many exhibitors reported good sales and feedback for the trade day and two consumer days at Australia’s leading show Organic Expo and Green Show held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, August 5-7, 2011.

Six out of seven exhibitors spoken to about the trade and consumer response were positive at the end of the second day. For Spiral Foods’ James Wilson the Friday trade day was a little quieter than normal, although some good retailer, local and international enquiries were made. Eclipse Wholefoods’ Jon Ginis said the company had a good response from the wholesale and retail trade, and the public to the product range. Tarj Mav of certified organic skin care brand LaMav said it was an excellent show, while the response from the trade to LaMav’s new packaging was above expectations.

About 20 exhibitors had a distinct South American and Pacific Islands fairtrade and organic flavour, Olive Green Organics’ Antonio Ramos, who sources Andean grains such as quinoa and amaranth from Bolivia, launched four flavours of Palitos snackfoods with raw chia, quinoa and rice snacks by Coronilla, that are gluten-free, nut-free and IMO-certified. Loving Earth showcased its Raw Organic Chocolate range that sources organic cacao beans from Peru and launched three new chocolates in 73% Raw Organic Cacao.

Incaberries from Ecuador were introduced by local organic manufacturers and wholesalers Honest to Goodness, and My Organics, which also launched new Australian Certified Organic ranges in pitted prunes, and toasted and bircher mueslis. Australia’s Own displayed its Maqui Berry Active and Health Essentials launched the Organic Maqui Berry Active supplements, sourced from Chile.

Amazonia launched new ranges of ‘Purpleberry’ acai berry raw organic and fairtrade dark chocolate bars to add to its impressive acai range. Amazonia sources acai berries from communities in Brazil’s rainforests and is the only local fair-trade certified (Ecocert) supplier. Riolife displayed a range of organic Freeze-Dried Acai supplements, also sourced from Brazil.

Six fair-trade coconut product suppliers, five of whom are organic certified, displayed large ranges of coconut oils, flours and cosmetics. Kokonut Pacific’s Richard Etherington promoted its Nuilife Direct Micro Expelled extra virgin coconut oil and said exports were going to Europe and Canada.

African Pacific/Nui’s Andreas Lombardozzi said coming up are organic-certified vanilla-infused coconut body oils, while African Pacific is working on a low-cost, multi-certification organic and fairtrade Rainforest Alliance platform for coconut and cocoa growers in the Pacific Islands.

Spiral Foods led the Australian food contingent with several ranges of new organic foods launched, including: an Australian made Organic Tomato Ketchup; Eden Organics’ (made in Canada) Crushed Tomatoes sauces in three flavours in 250g jars; and organic extra virgin olive oil in 5Lt jars from Argentina. Exports are going to Japan, south-east Asia, New Zealand and Colombia.

Ozganics displayed its range of table, simmer and pasta sauces and its two new Moroccan simmer sauces and is expanding its exports into more Asia-Pacific countries. Freedom Foods showed a big range of free-from and organic groceries, including its new Australia’s OWN Organic Light Soy, which is free from lactose, dairy, GM ingredients and 98.5% fat-free.

Kailis Organic Olive Groves displayed its large range of organic extra virgin olive oils, including its premium Kalamata Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is now being exported to William Sonoma Stores in North America. Manufacturer Eclipse Wholefoods launched its new Eclipse brand muesli in seven different varieties and four organic drinking chocolate varieties, with a sugar-free version sweetened with stevia

New Zealand organics shows off its best

While international exhibitor numbers were down, six New Zealand exhibitors flew the NZ organics flag, headed up by Ceres Organics with its large range of organic groceries, nuts and snack foods; international organic dairy ingredients supplier Fonterra, which is seeing the market for milk protein concentrates taking off in Germany and the United States; and organic produce, corn and buckwheat flour grower Kiwi Organics, which gained good enquiries for products such as organic fine polenta. Ceres Organics’ Monette Tui said launched at the show were R.A.W. food bars, gluten-free, ground and dried fruits and nuts with no added sugar.