Lemon myrtle goes organic
Australian Native Products, producer of lemon myrtle, has received organic certification for its oil and leaf products, meaning that it is internationally recognised as producing organic products. Additionally, the company is expanding its operation with investment in an advanced farming set-up and the planting of tens of thousands of new crops.
The new facility is located in Mareeba, in Far North Queensland, and has received a $4 million investment from the company. The warm, consistent climate of the region is ideal for growing the plants without disease and thus allows for organic farming.
The company has also planted an additional 150,000 lemon myrtle trees, which will result in a sharp increase in its annual supply.
“This investment allows us to produce organic lemon myrtle at scale and provide leading international brands a consistent, high-quality supply,” said ANP General Manager Ross Norris.
“There’s huge demand for organic lemon myrtle throughout Australia and worldwide. We anticipate the new accreditation will allow us to fully service existing customers, as well as unlocking new North American markets where demand for organic product from tea houses is growing.”
Lemon myrtle is used variously in food and beverages, cosmetics, cleaning products and personal care. Its distinct scent and flavour make it particularly useful as a flavourant but it is also valued for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. A native plant, its popularity has steadily grown over recent years.
Australian Native Product’s organic certification, provided by AUS-QUAL, means that its products are can be sold as organic in Australia and Europe.
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