First Nations Innovators at Naturally Good 2023
Naturally Good 2023 starts on Monday at ICCC Darling Harbour, Sydney. This year we have an outstanding line-up of products all taking part in festivities as we celebrate all things natural.
We are privileged to feature truly innovative products from our country’s Indigenous producers. This week we spoke to Jesse Lore a Guringai Man with a degree in Conservation Biology. Jesse says “I was brought up by two very passionate parents who loved exposing my sister and me to all thing’s nature and culture. I feel this is where my foundations for the love of native foods, our history, and culture were seeded and blossomed.”
Jesse owned and operated an eco-tourism business in the early 2000s and as part of a nocturnal tour, he would stop and have Guradji tea. Guradji is a traditional ceremonial and medicinal plant of the Guringai nation. While drinking the tea Jesse would share stories on First Nations astrology and culture. “I’ve always been passionate about the amazing health benefits of our traditional foods and way of life, LORE Australia evolved from there”. He had a passion to drive a connection to the land and culture from which native foods are sourced. Indigenous ingredients and culture hold thousands of years of knowledge about health and wellness. “I wanted to develop a business that would become a community, combining our Ancient wisdom to enhance everyone’s wellness today”.
Jess tells us that his company LORE is based on three philosophies, Country – Community – Spirit. “The key is keeping these principles in balance whilst respecting our bodies with what I call our native medicines or bushfoods”.
LORE is launching a Native chocolate range at Naturally Good. “All vegan, no nasties premium chocolates with flavours such as Ooray plum & coconut, smoked Dutjahn nut and caramel “and the most delicious, Ooray plum ganache”.
LORE are also launching Gurbuchi Native Kombucha in cans. “This will be a game changer for consumers with a longer shelf life and increased flavour stability whilst being more environmentally friendly. I am the only company using native tea (Guradji tisane) to brew a kombucha and my lemon Myrtle & Finger lime kombucha was nominated to represent Australian kombucha at the Aurora international taste challenge June 6th”.
There has been a boom in interest in native ingredients over the past 5 years and Naturally Good will feature several indigenous-owned businesses including LORE, Karkalla Byron Bay, Yaala Sparkling and, Bush to Bowl. No longer a niche category, today’s products deliver quality, unique flavours and the nutritional benefits consumers are seeking.
Future Foods Company is also championing indigenous companies as part of their participation at Naturally Good. Future Foods Company commercialise and invest in startups, entrepreneurs, and disruptive technologies to be the vehicles of change for a better food system. This year at Naturally Good they will be featuring indigenous-owned brands on their stand and will feature as part of our Speaker Series discussing the innovation coming from First Nations people. Jesse Lore will also be part of that panel.
Register now and be the first to try some of the finest new products available and be sure to check out the free speaker series to learn more about Indigenous businesses as well as many other great topics across the 2-day event.