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A roundup of the latest new hospitality products to hit the market, brought to you by hospitalitymagazine.com.au

Rice oil arrives in Australia
A new culinary oil being positioned as the “ultimate good oil” has had a strong reception since it arrived in Australia. Alfa One Rice Bran Oil launched here recently, the first time a rice oil has been available in Australia, and is being snapped up quickly, according to distributor Old Fashion Foods (Australia). Rice oil is popular in countries like Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China Alfa One rice oil is extracted from the bran found beneath the outer hull of rice grains and refined using an extra cold filtration process. As well as being versatile it is regarded as one of the healthiest, containing a plant sterol believed to have cholesterol lowering properties.

Salty business
The marketing of Australian gourmet salt is big business. Two of the latest brands on the market is a Western Australian lake salt called Lake Crystal and another produced from water pumped from underground riverbeds in Queensland, Pyramid Salt. Both salts have had strong success in the export market but are now making a major local marketing push in Australia. Lake Crystal Salt has Sydney chef Darren Simpson spruiking launching the brand. Simpson says he uses it at home and at his newly launched Surry Hills restaurant La Sala. “It’s a fantastically clean product; it maximises flavour and will enhance any dish,” says Simpson.

Summer refreshment
It’s a drink brand that once people taste they rave about, the French upmarket brand of all natural soft drinks Rieme. While the brand has been in Australia for a while now in the one litre bottle distributors Alma Distribution have also introduced a 330ml bottle, as well as a range of Rieme syrups. And in the one litre range it has just added a fresh new flavour—red orange.

Regional tastes
New company Gourmet Tastes of Australia has launched a new range of gourmet packs aimed at showcasing the best food and wines from various Australian regional areas. The Tasmanian pack includes wines Piper’s Brook and Janz as well as preserves, chutneys, mustards and array of other goodies, and there are also packs from the Hunter and Yarra valleys. The enterprise is the brainchild of cousins Heather Wilson and Anne Forrest who struck upon the idea after a summer holiday in Tassie. “I was so impressed with the produce I was determined to broaden the market and develop new ways of showcasing the produce,” Wilson says.

Brazilian spirit
Velho Barreiro Cachaca, the key ingredient in the famous Brazilian cocktail, the Caipirinha, has arrived in Australia via distributors European Foods Wholesalers Liquor, which is the sole Australia agent for the fermented sugar cane spirit. European Foods John Ferrari says Velho Barreiro Caipirinha is “taking the world by storm much like the Cosmopolitan did a few years back.“.

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