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Meet our latest Food South Australia member including a Q&A.

At Paris Creek Beef we are dedicated to supplying natural premium quality 100% Grass-fed Yearling beef direct from the farmer to your kitchen.

We guarantee that our cattle have never been given antibiotics, growth hormones or genetically modified feed.

Leanne Vears, Business Owner gives an insight into what she thinks is great about the SA food industry, her top three business tips and things you may not know about Paris Creek Beef.

Operating from Bordertown, in regional South Australia, Blue Lake Milling has developed a strong and reputable market presence, both domestically and internationally. Our range of oat and cereal based foods and food ingredients are manufactured from only the highest quality Australian standard and organic grains.

Tash Girdler, Customer Sales and Service gives an insight into what she thinks is great about the SA food industry, her top three business tips and greatest achievement.

The Hills Cider Company produces ciders crafted from 100% fresh Adelaide Hills grown apples and pears, with absolutely no added concentrate, flavours, sugars or water. Steve Dorman, Co-Director and Cider Maker for The Hills Cider Company gives an insight into what he thinks is great about the SA food industry, his greatest achievement and challenge and what inspires him about his work.

Steve Dorman, Co-Director and Cider Maker for The Hills Cider Company gives an insight into what he thinks is great about the SA food industry, his greatest achievement and challenge and what inspires him about his work.

Australian Wholefoods is an independently owned manufacturer and marketer of innovative baked meal solutions. Australian Wholefoods has built a world class facility showcasing unique equipment to focus on convenient fresh and frozen meal solutions.

Paul Prior, Sales Manager for Australian Wholefoods gives an insight into maintaining passion when producing food products, the key to innovation and success and what he thinks is great about the SA food industry.

Our business manufactures and markets frozen food products that are healthy for all, particularly suited to diabetics and coeliacs, AND taste great. They are gluten, wheat and yeast free, with no added sugar, fructose or preservatives, and are supported by a cooking school, eBooks and videos for educating consumers.

Rilka Warbanoff, the Director and Owner of Rilka’s Real Food gives an insight into what she thinks is great about the SA food industry, her vision for the SA food industry along with her top three business tips.

The Kumquatery grow kumquats in the Riverland, which is an ideal climate for growing citrus.

The fruit is processed on farm into a range of interesting and diverse products.

Patria & Andrew Kohler, proprietors of The Kumquatery give an insight into their greatest challenges and achievements, what inspires them and divulge three things you may not know about them.

Fruit Wise is a South Australian owned family business producing Fruit Straps and Gourmet Muesli.

We are passionate about healthy eating and producing products which do not contain any preservatives or added sugar.

Bridget Beal, Managing Director shares her insight into what’s great about the SA food industry, her top three business tips, and predictions for the food industry.

Coorong Wild Seafood operate a processing factory in Meningie where we value add the seafood we catch with our two fishing licences in the Lakes and Coorong Fishery.

We supply wholesale to a variety of retailers through South Australian and interstate.

Tracy Hill, Managing Director shares her insights into her favourite local product, an experience she’ll never forget and what best sums up her business.

Gelato Bello has been a favourite with its loyal and passionate band of customers at its Glynde outlet for the past 18 years.

Made right here in SA with the finest Italian ingredients, fresh milk and local fruits, it is now available for wholesale supply to cafes and restaurants, and for supermarkets and convenience stores.

Owner Ross Halliday, shres his insight to the greatest challenge, future opportunities for the SA food industry and experience he will never forget.

Honey Lady products are all 100% Australian raw and unfiltered honey.

Our range includes five plain raw honeys and eight creamed and spice blended honeys.

Bonita Kennedy, Owner and Operator shares her insights into what’s great about the SA food industry, greatest challenges, and favourite local product.

A family owned and operated business, Wakefield Grange is located on the lush western slopes of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Wakfield Grange provides SA consumers with premium quality 100% grass-fed beef and lamb direct from their paddock to your plate!

Nathen & Sophie Wakefield, share insight into their greatest challenge, inspiration and three things we don’t yet know about them.

At Gelista, we began by making the gelati and ice cream products that chefs wished they had time to make for themselves.

We started out producing five litre tubs for fine dining and function and cafes, and then expanded to produce impulse snack products.

We now produce over 30 flavours, selling to hospitals, schools, grocers and independent supermarkets.

Macro Meats is an Adelaide based game meat processor established in 1988.

Its core business if the processing and supply of human consumption kangaroo meat for the domestic and international markets.

Ray Borda, Managing Director shares his insight into the greatest achievement, his top three business tips, and inspiration.

Cucina Cibo is about celebrating the real Italian food experience and creating tantalising dishes for food lovers to enjoy at home.

With a strong Italian food tradition the founders of Cucina Cibo are passionate about staying true to traditional recipes and methods; using only the freshest natural ingredients available and free from additives or preservatives to maintain the best flavours and quality.

Claudio Ferraro, Managing Director shares his insights on an experience he’ll never get, his inspirations and passion for the food industry.

Proudly South Australian Since 1952 Bellis Fruit Bars is privately owned company.

Bellis prides itself on being an innovative and creative manufacturer of fruit based snacks for children and adults and also provides R&D solutions for new products and concepts on both a national and international basis.

Nicholas Begakis AO Chairman Bellis Fruit Bars shares his insights into what’s great about the SA food industry, his vision and future opportunities.

Wintulichs Small Goods was is established in 1909 by Jacob Wintulich, his dream of producing high quality smallgood’s still lives on after 103 years.

We are pleased to still claim we are Australian owned, South Australian Made and only use 100% Australian Meat in our smallgood products.

Chris Matz, National Sales Manager shares his insights into what’s great about the SA food industry. his vision and how he maintains his passion.

Kangaroo Island Source specialises in gourmet food production and catering.

All our ingredients and produce are hand selected and supplied by local producers who share in the same food philosophy.

Kate Sumner, Owner shares her insights into what inspires her work, an experience she’ll never forget and how she maintains her passion.

Over the years Baylies product range has become quite diverse.

Baylies make a range of products from Lavash to Christmas Cakes to Lemon Tarts.

Angela Bell, Sales Manager for Baylies shares her insights into her greatest challenge, three things you may not know, and a favourite SA product.

Thornby Farm Produce is a family owned and operated SA farming business specialising in the production of premium quality grain fed lambs that are available direct to butchers and supermarkets all year round.

Paul McGorman, Co-manager shares his insights into a vision for the SA food industry, inspirations and experiences and his top three business tips.

Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs was established in 1992 by Tom & Fiona Fryar.

This is a family owned and operated company producing ‘true’ free range eggs, accredited by Humane Choice.

Tom & Fiona Fryar, Managing Directors share their insights on a vision for the SA food industry, greatest business challenge and three things you may not know about them.

Vella Pasta was founded in 2007 and manufactures a wide variety of pastas including: Ravioli, Tortellini, Gnocchi, Lasagna, Cannelloni and fresh sauces.

Products are sold in store (Campbelltown & West Lakes), on line, in Foodland and now in the freezer at Coles.

Sarah Vella, Director shares her insights into their greatest achievement, inspirations, top three business tips and what sums up Vella Pasta.

With 23 years involvement in the olive industry Diana Olive Oil is a proud producer of consistent award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Our commitment for perfection is appreciated by consumers and chef’s in Australia and abroad.

They shares their insights into what’s great about the SA food industry and a vision, his greatest challenge and maintaining passion.

Enzo’s at Home specialises in take home meals which embrace the ideals of traditional home cooking.

A family owned andoperated business which follows the simple principles of producing the highest in quality hand made products without the addition of harmful additives, Enzo’s at Home is following age old traditions in recipes and cooking techniques for premium eating experience, and supporting local produce.

Alex Fazzari, Franchise Manager shares his insights into what’s great about the SA food industry, how the passion is maintained and his top three business tips.

Spring Gully Foods is a South Australian manufacturer of pickled vegetables, condiments and jams, enjoyed by people all over the world.

We are committed to our strong family traditions and time honoured recipes.

Russell Webb, Brand and Contract Coordinator shares his insights into what’s great about the SA food industry, the greatest challenge, how passion for producing is maintained and a secret to successful innovative products.

La Casa Del Formaggio is a family owned and operated company that supplies a range of fresh cheeses that include Bocconcini, ricotta, mozzarella, haloumi, fresh pecorino, goat’s milk cheese and more.

We pride ourselves on our traditional values and handmade cheesemaking techniques that have given us the quality and consistency that we are known for.

Claude Cicchiello, Managing Director of La Casa Del Formaggio shares his insight into what’s great about the SA food industry, his favourite product, top three business tips, and passion for producing products.

Rinaldi Confectionery is a small manufacturer of multi-award winning honey nougats, which are available throughout Australia.

The genesis of our honey nougat range is being faithful to the original methods and techniques of making nougats, by combining natural ingredients and using specialised equipment to authentically create special treats.

Roberto Rinaldi, Director shares his insights into what;s great about the SA food industry, his greatest challenge, an experience he’ll never forget and what inspires his work.

Tucker’s Natural is dedicated to producing premium quality, all Australian and all natural products for the global retail and food service industry.

Tucker’s Natural – naturally better for you!

Sam Tucker, Managing Director shares his insight on what’s great about the SA food industry, his greatest achievement, top business tips and inspiration.

The South Australian Prawn Cooperative Limited, ‘Aussea’ brand is now the leading supplier of South Australian King prawns.

Our company is solely owned and operated by SA prawn fishermen.

Rick Mezic, Marketing Seafood Trader at SA Prawn Cooperative shares his insights on his inspirations, greatest achievement and his top three business tips.

Pangkarra Foods is a family owned and operated company based in the Clare Valley. Five generations of the Maitland family have been producing quality cereals, legumes and export hay. Today they also produce premium wholegrain dry pasta and quality wholegrain durum flour.

Pangkarra pasta is made from 100% natural ingredients, high in fibre, low in fat, low GI and is an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Katherine Lindh, Marketing Manager shares her insights on what’s great about our industry, her inspirations and what positive qualities they cultivate in the company.

With over 100 years of family business experience, Robern Menz is one of the State’s most experienced and innovative food manufacturing companies.

Robern Menz iconic brands include Menz (FruChocs and Crown mints), Robern (Fruit Snacks) and Medlow Fine Gels.

Philip Sims, CEO of Robern Menz shares his insights into the companies greatest challenges and achievement and favourite SA product.

Nippy’s Fruit Juices Pty Ltd is a 100% South Australian family owned company producing a vast range of fresh juices, flavoured milks and other beverages.

In 2011 Nippy’s is proudly back to using locally-grown and fresh fruit for all its products for the first time in several years after drought and water costs reduced the volume available.

Jeff Knipsel, Managing Director shares his insights into what sums up his company, the greatest challenge and achievement of Nippy’s and his favourite food.

Thistle Be Good produces a range of three dukkah, three ready to cook risottos and three ready to cook couscous and will be re-releasing our rub range later this year (honest!).

Operating since 2002 and in the past 8 months (thanks to new product ranges), Thistle Be Good’s turnover has grown by almost 100%!

Jacqui Good, Owner provides her insights into what’s great about the SA food industry, greatest challenge, three things we may not know about Thistle Be Good and the qualities she cultivates for her company.

Golden North is a South Australia iconic premium quality ice cream company with a manufacturing facility based in the township of Laura, 230 kilometres north of Adelaide and is the largest employer in the town.

Famous for their creamy vanilla and honey flavoured ice creams, iconic Giant Twins and an ever growing range of foodservice lines, Golden North continues to grow into new markets.

Peter Adamo, General Manager shares his insights on what’s great about the SA food industry, his top three business tips, and Golden North’s greatest achievement and challenge.

MOO Premium Foods is a South Australian company passionate about creating the best products in Australia.

Our range of award-winning, premium dairy products are sold throughout the SA based retail market and we are excited to be venturing interstate this year.

Mick Sanders, Managing Director and owner shares his insights on the companies greatest achievement and challenge, positive qualities and favourite SA products.

Olga’s Fine Foods is a medium sized family owned meat-processing company that has been supplying quality meat products to South Australia for over thirty years.

We currently supply our fresh value added meat products such as chevapchichis, sausages, burgers and patties and crumbed lines including schnitzels products to major supermarket chains, food distributors and retail shops in most states throughout Australia.

George Ujvary, Managing Director shares his insights on the SA food industry including his vision and what’s great, his work inspiration and favourtite local product.

The Mitolo Group is Australia’s leading potato and onion packing company as well as producing premium wines and Extra Virgin Olive Oil under the Mitolo Wines and ollo brands.

The business is family owned and run with farms located in Virginia, the Riverland, the Mallee and McLaren Vale.

Frank Mitolo, Sales & Marketing Director shares his insights on the key aspects of producing innovative successful products, what inspires him about his work, what best sums up Mitolo Group and three things you may not know about them.

Originally established in 1991 as a Mexican food commissary, Mexican Express has since then evolved into an industry leading Australian food manufacturer, pioneering the way for liquid cheese, dairy and tomato based sauces.

Driven by innovation, sustainability and the pure hunger to produce outstanding products, Mexican Express has recently acquired the latest food processing technology along with equipment which includes the only Shaka retort found in the Southern hemisphere to propel us onwards and upwards.

Ian Young, Managing Director of Mexican Express shares his insights on what’s great about the SA food industry, his work inspiration and predictions for food trends in 2011.

Kytons bakery is a family owned business, established in 1938 and while best known for its multi-award winning lamingtons and hot cross buns, they make a whole range of other products too.

Products are available through community fundraising drives, selected Foodland and gourmet stores, Kytons retail outlet at Edwardstown and are expanding into the interstate gourmet market.

Sharon Sutton from Kytons Bakery shares her insights on what’s great about the SA food industry, her motivation and three things you may not know about the company.

Barossa Fine Foods is Australia’s Most Awarded smallgoods maker with six shops around Adelaide and national distribution to both the retail and food service sectors.

The business is owned by Franz and Barbara Knoll and is managed by their four sons who work together to help grow the business.

General Manager of Barossa Fine Foods, Stephan Knoll (and our new Vice Chair) shares his insights on the SA food industry and the greatest challenges and achievements of running a successful food company.

From its humble beginnings in the Adelaide Hills, Beerenberg Farm has become a household name in Australia since their first batch of strawberry jam was made in 1971.

With more than 60 products including jams, marmalades, chutneys, sauces and marinades, pickles, dressings, dessert sauces and olive oil which can be found in 24 countries, on major airlines and in more than 300 hotels, Beerenberg is an icon.

Managing Director Anthony Paech (and our new Chair) shares his insights on industry and running a business, as well a few of his favourite products.