Candy Ab is situated in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia’s island state.
Tasmania has some of, if not the best oceans surrounding her from the North, West, South and East with clean clear cold waters offering an abundance of healthy fisheries. Abalone is but one, and a significant and well managed fishery with strict Government managed quotas and very strict size limits to ensure stocks for the future.
Candy Ab has secure access to the best fish in all areas and carefully harvests the wild catch to ensure the end product is of the best quality possible. To produce a good product the raw material needs to be the best, the waters surrounding Tasmania offer us this advantage.
Our focus at Candy Ab is to be the very best producer of Dried Abalone in the world. Our Dried Greenlip Abalone is very close to what has been regarded as No. 1, Japanese Kippin which has suffered from the recent Tsunami and ocean contamination. Taste tests in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan have demonstrated similarities in both texture and taste so close that in many cases it is impossible to determine which piece was Kippin and which piece was Candy Ab.
Candy Ab will always only produce wild catch dried abalone and does not use any chemical additives or drying machines as catalysts to produce the end product. The procedure is traditional using sun light, clouds and airflow to achieve a candied tender result totally 100% natural.
Our two dried species are Blacklip ( haliotis rubra ) and Greenlip ( haliotis laevigata ). The Blacklip abalone is found on all the coasts of Tasmania, the Greenlip is abundant on the north coasts only. As the Blacklip is found in all zones the size differential is much larger than Greenlip. The Tasmanian Government as numerous zones surrounding the coastline with different size limits. As Blacklip can be found everywhere it can be sourced very small to very large. Greenlip on the other hand is only found a couple of zones which restricts the volume of small sizes and allows for easier harvest of medium to large fish.
Candy Ab can grade and pack to customer requirements. The finished product unless otherwise specified is piece tallied and packed into sealed clear plastic bags, tagged and marked with size and weight.