Australia goes nuts for Alstonville macadamia oil
The Alstonville-based macadamia oil business featured on ‘A Current Affair’ last Thursday has been inundated with orders and enquiries from around Australia and the world.
Staff at Macadamia Oils of Australia – who pioneered the commercial extraction of oil from Australia’s native macadamia nuts and are the world’s leading supplier of cosmetic grade macadamia nut oil – have been run off their feet with orders for their skincare range, following the hype generated by the TV segment.
Australian Macadamia Society Chief Executive Officer Jolyon Burnett said that while millions of Australians enjoy regularly munching on the deliciously buttery nuts, not as many people were aware of their incredible beauty benefits – including the use of macadamia oil for skin, hair and nails.
“The macadamia nut is incredibly versatile and this segment showcased them in a different way,” says Mr. Burnett. “It’s one of the few foods that can be found right throughout the supermarket aisles, from fresh kernel to muesli and cereals, snack bars, confectionery, bakery products, frozen desserts, ice cream, oils, skin care and beauty products.
“Macadamia oil is 100% pure, free of any additives and contains powerful mono-unsaturated fatty acids. It contains palmitoleic acid, which contains many great anti-aging compounds.”
The ‘A Current Affair’ segment highlighted the amazing beauty benefits of macadamia oil and revealed the inexpensive oil is used as a hidden ingredient in many big brand anti-ageing and beauty products. It touted macadamia oil as the ‘new buzz in skincare’ and ‘one of the most affordable skin care products on the market’.
With the promise of more youthful looking skin and more money in your purse, it’s no surprise the Alstonville business received hundreds of phone calls after the program went to air.
“We’re overwhelmed with the response,” says Macadamia Oils of Australia General Manager Shane Hill. “We’ve had orders from Kununurra in far north Western Australia to Tasmania.
“Lots of people just wanted to know more about the products and how you use them.”
Mr. Hill said the best seller has been the macadamia face and body oil, followed closely by the professional lotion for ageing skin. He attributes the success to two key factors.
“People didn’t realise it came from macadamias which are an Australian native nut, and everyone likes the idea of buying Australian skincare products.”
Mr. Hill said the palmitoleic acid found in macadamia nut oil can not only slow down the signs of aging, but some research has found that it can even remove signs of aging.
Macadamia Oils of Australia have a large processing plant and storage facilities, from which they supply the majority of their product to the United States, as well as other countries like South Korea, France, Singapore and New Zealand. They source their macadamia nuts from the main growing regions of Bundaberg, Gympie/Glass House Mountains, and the Northern Rivers and Nambucca regions of NSW.
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And our passionate local macadamia growers, who are in the midst of harvesting their 2013 crop, are excited that the spotlight will be well and truly on what they call ‘the world’s finest nut’ at the event.
The macadamia nut – which Aboriginal people called ‘Kindal Kindal’ and which European settlers later named the Bauple nut (after the town of Bauple, just north of Gympie, where they discovered it in 1858) – will take pride of place in many of the finest ‘tasting plates’, marquee stalls and cooking demonstrations at the festival. It will also be showcased on Saturday and Sunday when the event’s acclaimed executive chef Shane Bailey uses macadamias in up to 5000 serves of his magnificent chocolate mousse dish.
“As a local grower, it gives me a great sense of pride to see our local nuts showcased in such a wonderful way,” says Beerwah macadamia grower Lindsay Fullerton who is looking forward to taking time out from harvesting to attend the festival. “To see the nut being enjoyed and used creatively by some of the world’s top chefs so close to where they are grown is really fulfilling.”
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Storm and Disaster Assistance QLD & NSW
QLD Sunshine Coast LGA
The AMS wishes to advise growers in the Sunshine Coast LGA that the Federal Government has changed the boundaries on the Sunshine Coast to include the whole of the Local Government Area as activated for Category C and D under the NDRRA. Click here for details.
NSW Ballina-Byron LGAs
These LGAs were omitted from the State and Federal governments’ most recent announcement offering Category C assistance to the seven LGAs of Bellingen, Greater Taree, Kempsey, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Tweed.
Industry representatives are urgently calling on all farmers in Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Richmond Valley LGAs to support the call for Category C assistance in these regions by notifying their industry bodies and the Department of Primary Industries about any damage that has not been reported… read more
Damage assessments can be lodged by calling the Damage Reporting Hotline on 1800 814 647, emailing information to or by going to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/responses/flooding-2012/flood-damage-report.
North Coast NSW shared workforce labour pool
The AMS, through the AMS Productivity Development Officer (Robbie Commens), has been working with the NSW Sugar industry, the Ti-Tree industry and Regional Development Australia to coordinate a North Coast NSW Agricultural Shared Labour Pool.
The pool is designed to create an opportunity for skilled local workers to gain year round employment in the agricultural and horticultural industries whilst at the same time enabling local primary producers access to skilled and qualified labour. All workers involved in the pool are put through a training course to ensure each individual has a suitable base level of knowledge and understanding which delivers a level of confidence for primary producers.
In view of the recent severe weather event, the pool have workers available for casual labour. Contact Aliison Kelly on 0448 031 295.
For those of you who missed the NBN TV story about the shared labour pool and macadamia industry click here
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