Ardmona has launched Australia's first 100 per cent Australian grown organic canned tomatoes.

All Ardmona tomatoes are grown in Victoria's Goulburn Valley region. They are certified organic, available as finely crushed in a 400g can. Currently that is the extent of the range. 

The Australian organic market continues to experience impressive growth. The 2018 Australian Organic Market Report says the Australian organic market is worth around $2.4 billion, an increase close to 88 per cent since 2012 or a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13 per cent. 

35 million hectares of land in Australia are under certified organic management, which is roughly 10 per cent of Australian agricultural land.

Processing and handling saw the biggest growth from 2017. Processing operations grew 23 per cent to 1432 and handling increased 17 per cent to 598 operators. 

Organics account for about three per cent of the total farm-gate value of all Australian agricultural commodities, an increase from one per cent in 2014. Fruit, vegetables, nuts, meat, and eggs account for almost three quarters of the value.

Nielsen Company (Australia) and Mobium Group data estimates the Australian organic market exceeds $1 billion a year.

Packaging News

A Collective Action Group has been announced to drive 2025 National Packaging Targets includes leading industry and government representatives. Big names like Visy and Pact Group, Nestle, Coca-Cola Amatil, and Coles, David Jones and Country Road are among the line-up.

Supermarket giant Aldi is committing to dramatically reducing its plastic packaging, saying it will axe it by a quarter within the next six years, and it will cease supply of many single use plastic products by the end of next year.

In a world first, FMCG giant Procter & Gamble is set to pilot skincare products in refillable containers, which it says could dramatically reduce the amount of plastic used in the beauty category.