Small Packing will be done in Food Grade Silver Coated Aluminum Bottles Bulk Packing will be done in 180 Kg. Food Grade GI Barrels.
DESCRIPTION OF TEA TREE OIL
Obtained by steam distillation from foliage and terminal branchlets of Melaleuca alternifolia.
Tea tree grows in both New South Wales and Northern Queensland, almost entirely in modern day plantations. Some wild harvesting still occurs but this only contributes a small amount of the 650+ MT that Australia produces annually.
The industry is well regulated and as the original producer of tea tree, Australia standards are highly regarded as the best quality. The harvest period starts in May and lasts until November.
From seed to harvest usually takes around 12-15 months and trees will grow to around 2 metres high. The tree is then cut from just above the ground and the leaves are steam distilled in a process that takes around 1.5-2.0 hours per batch of around 250 kilos. Tea tree will regenerate quickly and over the next 2-3 years will yield higher levels of oil each year and establish a stronger root network ensuring it becomes more resilient to adverse weather conditions. Some more mature trees can yield higher levels of 1,8-cineole, which is undesirable so re-planting can occur every 6-7 years however the tree itself could live over
LATEST MARKET INFORMATION
The main season in Australia typically starts in June, but some delays are already being forecast due to waterlogged plantations after weeks of torrential and sustained rains. More importantly, these rains have caused significant droppage of needles, forecast in many parts to be as high as 40%. How yields fair from the remaining biomass will not be known for some months but the outlook at this stage for 2017 is very poor. Most are realistically expecting the worst crop in several years. Lower yields and delayed crops will not help a market already firm as carryover stocks from 2016 are minimal. Should market demand continue as in recent years then we could be in for a difficult period ahead. It will be May before we will be in a better position to assess the damage across the northern NSW area, which accounts for 75% of tea tree production in Australia.