STOCK NEWS – SPRING 2017

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STOCK NEWS – SPRING 2017
19th September, 2017

 New in the shop

We have some lovely new products now in stock, and coming soon.

Bulla Booch
Blue Mountains locals Tara and Polona started brewing kombucha for their families in 2015 – to improve gut flora and immunity, and to have something tasty to drink instead of alcohol! They now brew more than 50 litres of Bulla Booch a week, and it’s available in the Co-op drinks fridge!

Bulla Booch is small batch brewed in big 750ml re-used bottles, and comes in two varieties: black tea kombucha with a touch of mango and green tea kombucha with a touch of strawberry. This will fly out of the door so grab a bottle (or two) today. And please bring back the bottle to be re-used!

Happy Belly Sauerkraut
Katoomba local and Co-op member Adam Kennedy has been experimenting in fermentation for the last eight years: from sourdough to kombucha, keffirs to kraut.

Happy Belly Sauerkraut is the product of Adams’ love of all things fermented. It is made in Katoomba from all certified organic ingredients (sourced from the Blue Mountains Food Co-op) and is wild fermented for a minimum of 21 days, to ensure that all the good bacteria necessary for good gut health can thrive. Wild fermentation utilises naturally occurring bacteria that are present on organic cabbage leaves to ferment the kraut. No “starters” are used in Happy Belly Sauerkraut. Now in the fridge!

Rosnay Organic Kalamata Olives
We now have bottled organic Kalamata olives from Rosnay in the shop. Rosnay olives are grown at their orchard in Canowindra NSW, then pickled over six to eight months in Murray River salt brine, before being hand graded to remove any overripe fruit and bottled in Murray River salt and gluten free vinegar, with a layer of Rosnay olive oil on top. You will find a natural mix of dark and light olives in each jar.

Olive Green Gluten Free Pasta – Tri Colour Quinoa & Rice Veggie Fusilli
Fans of Olive Green’s organic gluten free pasta will be pleased to know that we now stock their tri colour fusilli in bulk. This gluten free pasta stands out for its quality and nutrition value. It is made from organic whole food ingredients and cooks well: staying firm and not falling apart like others. Look out for more Olive Green gluten free pasta varieties coming to our bulk containers soon.

Hard to get, out of stock and discontinued

We’re committed to sourcing quality, ethically produced products at the best possible prices to meet the needs of our members and the wider community.

There are times when this means we are unable to stock popular items due to worldwide shortages that make a product unavailable and/or unaffordable, or because of ethical concerns.

Vanilla Beans

In the herbs and spices department, vanilla beans are one of the most popular items. Last year we sold over 1300 of them, but lately their bulk container has been empty and has now been taken off the floor. You may have also noticed that vanilla beans are now sold in pre-packed test tubes, at what seems like a very high price, near the counter.

So what has happened? Madagascar, which produces around 80% of the world crop of vanilla beans, was severely affected by Cyclone Enawo at the beginning of the year, and the 2017 crop is expected to be the worst in decades. Added to this, the growing trend to use natural ingredients, and there is now a worldwide shortage and consequent astronomical price increase. With wholesale prices increased from around $80 to $800 per kg, some Australian importers have simply decided not to buy at these prices so there are no bulk vanilla beans in the market place.

The latest stock (in the test tubes!) is an organically certified product ethically sourced from PNG and purchased from local distributor gershgoods. Yes, we’d prefer to sell in bulk at an ‘affordable’ price but once the bulk stock is sold, the packaged product is probably the best compromise with regard to price and ethical sourcing.

We’ve just received our last delivery of bulk vanilla beans. These are so precious that we are now keeping them behind the counter, so please ask staff to get these for you.

Wakame
Another product that has been absent from the shelves for some time is organic Tasmanian wakame. Our suppliers, Marinova Tasmania have advised that unseasonal climatic conditions in Tasmania over the past six months have impacted the growth of the wakame seaweed. They expect the wakame stocks to return to historic levels by next harvest season in October–December this year. Until then, they can only supply whole dried wakame (as opposed to the smaller wakame flakes) – a premium product that comes at a much higher premium price.
As a result, I have decided to wait for the next harvest to ensure an affordable product. So with a bit of patience you should see the product back on the shelves by Christmas. In the meantime I will be investigating other kelp supplies.

Himalayan Pink Salt
Another popular seller (yes, pun intended), we have until recently sold Himalayan Pink Salt at an extremely affordable price. Unfortunately this affordability has come at price to the environment. Himalayan Pink Salt, a non-renewable resource, is actually mined in a conventional manner in Pakistan. This is resulting in land disturbance and huge greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable salt can be harvested from saline water. The quest continues for the elusive Australian Pink Salt in bulk at an affordable price. For now, why not buy one of our naturally harvested sea salts?

Mike Patterson – Co-op Stock Co-ordinator

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