Yumbah Aquaculture wins South Australian produce award

First published on The Islander 18 April 2018. Click here to read the full article.

Abalone growing company Yumbah Aquaculture has taken out a “From the Sea” Award in the 2018 South Australian delicious. Produce Awards.

One of the company’s four farms is located on Kangaroo Island on the shores of Smith Bay.

Nominated by Australia’s leading chefs, the 13th annual delicious. Produce Awards celebrate Australia’s best and most innovative primary producers with an emphasis on ethical, innovative and sustainable ingredients, and the passionate, talented people behind them.

Following its “From the Sea” Award win, Yumbah Aquaculture, along with winners from the four other categories, will now advance to represent South Australia at the national award judging in Sydney in May.

The national 2018 Gold Medallists and Trophy Winner will be announced at the 2018 delicious. Produce Awards in August.

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,” Mr Hall said.

“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.”

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.

It is the largest abalone producer in the Southern Hemisphere and accounts for more than 80 full-time jobs across its four farms and support businesses, as well as millions of dollars in revenue for the Australian economy, with an expected turnover of $27 million in 2018.

Abalone was one of the oceans’ most highly prized delicacies particularly in northern Asia, where it had been enjoyed using traditional cooking methods for thousands of years, Mr Hall said..

Yumbah was a proud supporter of jobs in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, and the recent success it has experienced, both domestically and internationally, meant the company is currently considering further expansion options, he said.