Madura bags top tea award
TWEED'S Madura Tea has cemented its reputation as one of Australia's best tea producers after winning awards at two separate events this week.
At the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards, Madura won a prestigious Gold Medal for its Australian Lemon Myrtle Silk Infuser Tea Bags and a Silver Medal for its English Breakfast Silk Infuser Tea Bags in only its second time entering the awards.
These titles were backed up with a bronze medal in the Regional Food Class at the Sydney Royal Fine Foods for the lemon myrtle tea bags.
Madura Tea marketing and communications manager Ray Fien said the awards were a great honour and there was no doubt Madura was up there with the best.
“It is a bit of recognition for our product and it has proved to us we have got a very good product for the food service industry,” Mr Fien said.
The Wrest Point Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards are one of Tasmania's key events in the culinary calendar.
Judges with Tasmanian, national and international experience worked their way through more than 500 entries over three days.
“The awards were very hotly contested and we now have extra clout in the food service industry,” Mr Fien said. “Nationally, it has been a great year for us and we won a Gold BEX as well.”
The lemon myrtle is as local a tea as you can get; not only is it made on the Tweed, but the herb it is grown from is a native plant to the area.
“We are doing so well this year, there are a lot of people supporting Australian companies in this financial climate more than ever, which I think is a great thing.”
Mr Fien said no type of commercial labelling or packaging was allowed on the entries submitted to the competitions.
“Entries for the awards come from all over Australia, and include well-known makers and producers as well as cottage craft producers, whose recognition through the awards helps to build business and sales and marketing opportunities,” he said.
Of more than 200 entries at the Sydney food show, only two teas were given any type of award, and one was a bronze for Madura's lemon myrtle variety.
Mr Fien said the lemon myrtle tea was something different from the retail range and was primarily for cafes, restaurants, hotels and convention centres.
The silk infuser tea bags are also fully biodegradable.
Locally you can buy the award- winning teas at South Tweed Sports Club, Twin Towns Services Club, Cabarita Beach Sports Club, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Currumbin RSL.