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TAS Country : June 14th 2012
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 15, 2012 News GALSTAR MAXY GALSTAR EXTREME • The biggest GalStar post on the market • Up to 4 times stronger than GalStar Extreme posts • Quality Australian steel for high pressure applications • Hot dipped galvanized with a minimum 600g/sqm zinc coating -- aids in extending the life of wire • Ideal alternative to timber or concrete intermediate posts • The original Waratah post profile. • The most popular rural fence post, which suits a wide range of uses • Quality Australian steel for medium-high pressure situations • Hot dipped galvanized with a minimum 600g/sqm zinc coating -- aids in extending the life of wire MIGHTY POSTS. Global expansion push ROGER HANSON Opening doors to markets A TASMANIAN company could be a link for the state's organic producers to tap into a growing global market. Bellamy's Organic is an Australian food company based in Launceston making baby food. It is rapidly expanding into Asia and is eager to work with local organic producers. Bellamy's chief executive officer Laura McBain wants to source more of their produce from local suppliers. ''We are not getting as much as we like. We are broadening our under- standing of what is available in Tas- mania,'' Mrs McBain said. ''We would love to to talk with local organic growers, we can offer guidance and help with with what products and requirements we have. ''With organic produce farmers can get a premium for their product.'' Mrs McBain said one of the reasons why Bellamy's Organic was growing so rapidly in Asia was because of the trust in Australian food. Later this year the company will be launching a range of wet food, so is looking for suppliers of organic veg- etables including pumpkins, beans, sweet potatoes and carrots. Already the company sources some of its oats and organic apples from Tasmania. All the ingredients in its formulas are produced without using any syn- thetic fertilisers, pesticides, or growth homones. Only milk from cows, which graze on certified organic dairy farms is used. ''We use organic produce because it is the philosophy of the company,'' Mrs McBain said. ''It helps people avoid foods and substances they don't need. It's about choice and people are making those decisions for their babies, toddlers and children.'' Their products are sold to more than 2000 stores in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as Coles and Woolworths in Australia. ''Last month we set up an office in Shanghai in China. ''One of the girls, Kate, from our Launceston office is heading up that operation.'' Mrs McBain said Bellamy's Organic had set-up a joint venture in Singapore. ''Sales in Singapore are through major retailers, independents and op- portunity for further expansion. ''From our base in Singapore we are looking to move into the Indonesian market. We are going to use Singapore as a staging point to distribute into Indonesia, but we need good local partners to build the business into the country.'' The growth of Bellamy's Organic is a positive against a backdrop where one in four Australian vegetable growers is facing financial ruin as they fight a losing battle against cheap processed imports and mounting labour costs. According to Federal Government data the importation of processed fruit and vegetables is now worth $1.5 billion a year, a rise of almost 60 per cent over seven years. Peak industry body AUSVEG says imports are now so prevalent, and exports of processed fruit and veg- etables under such threat, that a quarter of growers are struggling. Bellamy's Organic, began in 2004 when it saw a market opportunity. ''At the time there was no organic children's products, and the company and the sales have grown substantially since then.'' Mrs McBain, who moved to Launces- ton 14 years from Sydney, joined the company in 2006. ''It's an evolution for us and we have been on a huge learning curve.'' The company just moved offices to Tamar St because of the rapid expan- sion. ''Launceston has always been the company's home and we love the green spaces, and the quiet lifestyle. ''We started business with three people, and now employ 19 so we need a bit more room to spread our wings. ''This building has the capacity for us to employ an extra 20 people.'' Local Tasmanian architect, Gillian Van Der Schans, helped to bring the vision to life. ''We have taken this beautiful terrace and recycled it to give it a new lease of life with bold colours, lights by a local designer and lots of space. ''Being an organic food company it is really important that we all have access to being able to make great food. ''So we have a fully functioning kitchen with a great big kitchen table. ''We are really excited about being able to make soups and breads for lunch. And then in the afternoons, we can try our latest baby food creations to make certain they taste as fabulous to us as they do to babies. ''Its really important for Bellamy's Organic to create and innovate and this requires space to share, space to concentrate and space to play. ''Our new office takes all these elements to create the most amazing set up with lots of meeting areas for impromptu meetings, lots of colours, lots of light and chairs everywhere in case you suddenly have a great idea you need to share with someone.'' Mrs McBain is keen to talk with local organic producers. Mrs McBain said the more local suppliers they could bring on line, the better off it would be for all. ''Quality and food safety is para- mount. The produce must meet our standards, it has to be safe for a baby to consume,'' she said. ''It has been a challenge to maintain the supply chain for organic produce.'' Details: Phone 03 6331 1383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Award for safety and sustainable farming APPLICATIONS are now open for the Farmsafe Far- mer of the Year award. The award has been de- signed by Farmsafe Aust- ralia to acknowledge far- mers who successfully combine safety with su- stainable farming prac- tices. Details: www.farm- safe.org.au. Applications close Friday, July 13. 2009360-120615
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