Local food is big business. Just ask Graeme Twine from Suncoast Fresh, a Sunshine Coast based fresh fruit and vegetable distributor that matches local foods with local restaurants.
The demand for locally grown food has grown considerably, and in meeting that demand, Suncoast Fresh has been rewarded with their second consecutive business award at the recent Sunshine Coast Excellence in business awards beating a strong field of contenders.
Graeme Twine alongside co-director Duane Ashton lead a team of over 20 staff and both directors place considerable emphasis on team work.
“We have been expanding considerably across the Sunshine Coast over the past couple of years,” said Mr Twine.
“We put our success down to several factors namely our commitment to the local food industry, our fabulous staff and team work, as well as our open and regular communication with restaurants, many of whom are award winners themselves.”
With major distribution centres in Coolum and Brisbane, along with a retail outlet at Belmondos in Noosaville, Suncoast Fresh have well and truly landed on the map after opening their doors 4 years ago.
“By continuing to strengthen our position as the leading supplier of local produce, not only do we support other local businesses but we also have higher quality produce at a reduced cost due to minimal transport spoilage and charges.”
“Food miles and sustainability are key national and international trends. We actively participate in the local food community by acting as brokers, and keeping the exchange of goods and information flowing.”
As a result of the Suncoast Fresh local food philosophy they have been approached by many high profile restaurants in Brisbane, asked to participate in the Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2013 and recently the focus of a Chinese language documentary on fresh food in Australia.
Suncoast Fresh was awarded the excellence in business award in the large food industry category at the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business awards on Saturday 10th November 2012.