Lemon myrtle supplier granted organic certification

Mareeba lemon myrtle supplier Australian Native Products goes organic

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Long time staff member Laura Mather, who has held various roles in the business from nursery management to production supervisor for the newly established Queensland facility. Photo: Brendan Radke

Long time staff member Laura Mather, who has held various roles in the business from nursery management to production supervisor for the newly established Queensland facility. Photo: Brendan Radke

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International demand for Aussie native products is at an all-time high.

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THE world's largest grower and supplier of Australian lemon myrtle has gained organic certification for its oil and leaf products from Far North Queensland.

Australian Native Products (ANP) invested $4 million in the development of a new, state-of-the-art processing facility at Mareeba to support the rollout of its organic products.

The new facility, along with the planting of an additional 150,000 trees, will allow ANP to significantly increase their annual output of lemon myrtle.

ANP general manager Ross Norris said the announcement marked a significant milestone for Australian natives, at a time when international demand was at an all-time high.

"This investment allows us to produce organic lemon myrtle at scale and provide leading international brands a consistent, high-quality supply," he said.

"There's huge demand for organic lemon myrtle throughout Australia and world-wide.

"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, a native Australian bush botanical that is renowned for its versatility, can be used in food and beverages, cosmetic, personal care and household cleaning products.

It has steadily grown in popularity since ANP founder Gary Mazzorana began growing the native botanical in Northern NSW in 1995.

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In 2019, it began planting lemon myrtle trees in Mareeba, with the region's idyllic climate naturally minimising disease and facilitating organic farming.

The 67-hectare Mareeba farm and new processing facility will be the home of ANP's production of organic lemon myrtle and anise myrtle.

"We've spent years developing the technology, which is a world-first drying, sorting and packing line for lemon myrtle, that minimises handling and reduces contamination risk, while also maximising aroma, colours and flavours of the leaf and oils produced," said Mr Norris.

"The process was designed by ANP founder Gary Mazzorana, who was involved in the exacting details of this project at every step, to ensure the freshest possible supply of 100 per cent certified organic lemon myrtle."

The organic certification by AUS-QUAL is recognised in Australia and Europe.

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