The Sirromet experience

  Two thousand visitors a week either dine at Sirromet’s restaurant, visit the cellar door or tour the vineyard. Tourism is a successful way to add brand value as Susan Kirk discovers. Located in the spectacular Mount Cotton region, Sirromet Winery is spread out over a massive 255 hectares which includes a 12-hectare vineyard, a fully […]

Margaret River food and wine

  A booming tourist industry and a reputation for being one of the great wine-producing regions in the world create the robust Margaret River brand. Susan Kirk reports. The Margaret River region is in the South West of Western Australia, approximately three hours south of Perth and includes the Shires of Augusta, Margaret River and […]

Inland aquaculture a first in the Wheatbelt

  A research team from two WA TAFE’s and two industry partners have produced a technology called the SIFTS (Semi-intensive floating tank system) for seasonal production of trout and barramundi in the WA Wheatbelt.  Susan Kirk reports Open pond aquaculture in the State has not been viable due to low yields associated with harvesting issues […]

Billabong Brewing gluten free beer

Billabong Brewing is taking out gold, silver and bronze awards for its handcrafted beers Susan Kirk reports Established in 1993, Billabong was the first brew on premise brewery in Australia.  As the name suggests the public come and make their own beer using the recipes and equipment provided at the brewery. The business progressed to […]

Great Southern region WA

The Great Southern Region Marketing Association (GSRMA) was formed to promote the synergy of food, wine, agriculture and tourism responding to a consumer trend of buying products out of a particular region. Susan Kirk reports. The Great Southern is an area located 400 kilometres south of Perth and, as the name suggests, is the most […]

Moore river region West Australia

A Mediterranean climate with summers warm enough to grow sub-tropical fruits and plenty of coastal waters to produce an array of seafood including lobster, Susan Kirk explores the Moore River region This region located directly north of Perth includes the shires of Chittering, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Gingin, Moora, Victoria Plains, Wongan-Ballidu and the City of Wanneroo. […]

A teaspoon of honey a day may be the new mantra

The discovery of the compound in Manuka Honey that gives it anti-bacterial properties has placed it into the category of a medical food.  Susan Kirk reports. Kerry Paul sold his first pot of honey on July 2006 after 14 years as a senior executive in the dairy industry and six years in biotechnology; commercialising science. […]

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc comes up gold

In the South Island of New Zealand a small boutique winery is producing wines of ‘subtle power and harmonious elegance.’  Susan Kirk tours Waimea Estates and reports on the ‘taste of Nelson.’ Located in Nelson on stony alluvial soils, Waimea Estates, a family business established in 1993, is producing a top quality Sauvignon Blanc that […]

Nekta discovers Kiwi gold

A patent developed by the founders of Nekta has dozens of commercial applications and Susan Kirk investigates how intellectual property can become a company’s core competence and success. The Nekta ™ group of Companies was established in 1994 to further develop a new technology relating to the manufacture of a concentrated paste of Kiwifruit carbohydrate […]

New Zealand King Salmon Company – integrated and sustainable fisheries

Cruising across the protected waters of the Marlborough Sounds, the only noise is the loud drone from the engine of the passenger ferry. The cold winter air is warmed intermittently by the sun and the Skipper says it’s a nice calm day to travel.  Lets hope it stays that way because I’m no sailor. Susan […]