First published on Port Lincoln Times 18 April 2018. Click here to read the full article.
The quality of Eyre Peninsula produce was highlighted in the 2018 delicious. Produce Awards announced this week with the region’s seafood and pork among the South Australian winners.
In the paddock category Boston Bay Smallgoods Company was awarded for its free range pork, and Clean Seas Seafood’s Spencer Gulf Hiramasa kingfish, Gazander Oysters’ Pacific oysters and Yumba Aquaculture’s greenlip abalone received From The Sea awards.
The former Eyre Peninsula locals behind Section28 Artisan Cheeses also won a dairy award for its primavera cheese.
These producers were among 19 South Australian winners who will have their produce blind-tasted by a national panel of judges to decide the overall category winners, which will be announced in August.
The awards celebrate Australia’s ethical, sustainable and innovative ingredients, and the passionate, talented people behind them, as nominated by the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs.
Yumbah Aquaculture director Anthony Hall said the award win was a significant development for the company, as it formally recognised the quality of the premium abalone produced across its four farms.
“This food industry award reflects our team’s hard work across all of our locations and their constant pursuit of excellence.
“It’s their passion and commitment that allows Yumbah to produce an exceptional, award winning, product for our customers.
“Sustainably growing the world’s best abalone in our pristine coastal environments is a privilege, and we look forward to continuing to grow the quality of our abalone well into the future,” Mr Hall said.
Yumbah – meaning large shellfish in the indigenous Yaygirr language – is a collection of four on-shore abalone farms at Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island, Narrawong and Bicheno in Tasmania and is the largest abalone producer in the Southern Hemisphere.