Culture Sustainability

Experience Tasmania, The Next Untapped Food Frontier

Here in the states, when you think of Tasmania, you’re probably more likely to be reminded of a cartoon character rather than the actual place. Even more odd, the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character was named after an actual animal that looks completely different. It makes you wonder how much we really know about Tasmania.

Did you know that it’s the world’s 26th largest island? Tasmania also has some of the cleanest air in the world which helps produce pristine rainwater and super fertile soil. And in addition to devils, Tasmania is rich with a wide assortment of native animal and plant species, familiar and unfamiliar. Also, products from Tasmania benefit from a culture and industry that’s rooted in environmental sustainability, quality control and strict biosecurity.

Experience Tasmania is a campaign that was created to highlight the unique treasures Tasmania has to offer the food and beverage world. Presented with a challenge during the pandemic, the state was forced to think of a new way to trade and export. Through Experience Tasmania, a network of potential customers and top chefs were able to enjoy some of the Australian state’s leading producers and produce. This has helped a growing appreciation towards Tasmanian gourmet products.

Already world renowned for its meat, seafood and dairy, in recent years, the demand for Tasmanian products has expanded to include wine, liquor and produce. This has further solidified the island state’s reputation for quality. A strong demand for Tasmanian imports held fast even during the covid-19 crisis. Besides the novelty of trying imported foods, another attractive quality is that all Tasmanian products are GMO free and do not use hormone probitants or antibiotics to encourage artificial growth.

If you’re into quality meats, Cape Grim Beef comes from one of the purest environments for raising grass-fed cattle. They have a collective of beef-farmers that are committed to ethical practices and even have a third-party auditor to ensure top quality.

Champagne lovers will no doubt enjoy Jansz Tasmania, respectfully distinguished as “sparkling wine”. Considered a pioneer in luxury sparkling wine, Jansz is handcrafted and originates from the heart of Pipers River in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley.

Speaking of wine, it’s only right that I mention King Island Dairy, one of Australia’s favorite cheese brands. King Island is located in Bass Strait, between Tasmania and mainland Australia. They have award winning cheese that’s sourced from a handful of local farmers, really a perfect wine compliment.

Another quality product is considered the “Wagyu of the Sea” due to its juicy marbling. The ocean trout from Petuna, Tasmania’s leading fishery, is one of many quality fishes offered. The fishery has been around for 70 years, practices sustainable aquaculture, and maintains its commitment to respecting the longevity of the natural environment.

As the world gradually returns to normal, it will be interesting to see more people become further exposed to Tasmania’s food frontier and culture. These products and more are increasingly available from local US distributors, retailers, and restaurants around the nation.

If you’re a commercial buyer or distributor and interested in Tasmanian products, you can contact Trade Tasmania directly to get your hands on some.


Yogurtland’s New Looney Tunes ‘Spinach’ Flavor Has Green Apple Pop Rocks Toppings

Well this is one way to get kids to eat their veggies. Take them to Yogurtland, trick them into filling their cup with the new Marvin the Martian Kosmic Fruit Kaboom Sorbet, and your kid will be getting a serving of pineapple, banana, lime and spinach.

The chain’s first commercial flavor to feature a spinach, this appropriately green-hued frozen treat gets extra tasty when topped off with a bag of green apple Pop Rocks for a mere 59 cents.

All jokes aside, speaking from experience, spinach isn’t a prevalent flavor when blended with other sweet ingredients. So, don’t worry, the sorbet will pretty much taste like a pineapple-banana smoothie.

The new Looney Tunes flavor joins Bugs’ Carrot Cake, Daffy’s Decadent Dark Chocolate Orange, and Tweety’s Lemon Cream Cookie — all now available through September 15. Keep an eye out for Road Runner’s Cactus Berry Tart and Tasmanian Devil’s “Devil’s” Food Cake, rolling out August 19th and September 2nd, respectively.

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Yogurtland Tricks Kids into Eating Their Veggies with New Looney Tunes Spoons and Flavors – That’s What’s Up


If you had to come up with an antonym for cartoons, “vegetables” would be a pretty safe bet (as would “homework,” “reading” and “the general desire to bathe”). But this summer, Yogurtland’s newest “Tune”-inspired collab sees Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, Taz and other iconic WB characters lending their questionable antics not to teaching kids how to whack each other with mallets, but to tricking them to actually eat their fruits and veggies.

Bugs’ Carrot Cake blends real carrots, spices and cream cheese frosting and is the chain’s first ever flavor with vegetable toppings. Daffy’s Decadent Dark Chocolate Orange features premium cocoa and orange topped with dark chocolate-orange covered cranberries. Tweety has his (I know — his!) own Lemon Cream Cookie, while Taz mucks around with a totally indulgent Devil’s Food Cake.

Naturally, Marvin the Martin’s Kosmic Fruit Kaboom Sorbet is the most insidious of the six, in that it buries enemy spinach beneath a sweet blend of pineapple, lime, banana and Pop Rocks and will probably try to conquer the planet. And the Road Runner’s Cactus Berry Tart combines real cactus pear with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in a way the Coyote will never, ever be able to understand.


Just like their insanely popular Hello Kitty promotion, moreover, the new Looney Tunes flavors will also come with special character spoons for guests to collect, with the first (Bugs) coming out July 8 and the last (Taz) coming out September 2. How better to start and end your summer than with the very same characters you’ll spend the rest of your time with anyway?

In other news, did anyone else not realize they were called the “Looney Tunes” and not the “Looney Toons”? I clearly am not watching enough TV.