Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Business Springs to Life; Medals for Living Elixir and Ginger Beer Boost Red Dragon Appeal

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Business Springs to Life; Medals for Living Elixir and Ginger Beer Boost Red Dragon Appeal

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Byline: ANDY PARKS andy.parks@northernstar.com.au

GOONELLABAH-based business Red Dragon Organics has picked up two awards in the Royal Hobart Fine Food awards.

It collected a silver medal for its Living Elixir turmeric ginger beer and a bronze for its organic ginger beer.

Owner/manager Richard Patton started selling his ginger beer at The Channon market more than 30 years ago and expanded about 12 years ago, opening a commercial kitchen and extending distribution into shops. He now has national distribution and the business has really taken off in the past two years with the addition of the Living Elixir.

He said it was the only product of its kind in the world and that it seemed to have therapeutic value for a range of conditions.

"Our business grew 100% in the first year (after introducing the Living Elixir) and then another 50% in the last financial year and I would say in the past two months we have grown another 50%," he said. …

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