August 2018 - Grants of Australia

An interest in a healthier lifestyle had led Michael (an electrician) and Michelle (a teacher) to open one, and then two health food stores for a living. Amongst their products were fluoride free toothpaste but their children did not like the taste of them.  Michael tried to mix up his own toothpaste but wasn’t successful. He met a local toothpaste manufacturer who had a chemist who produced samples under Michael & Michelle’s direction. The samples were made from natural products, completely free from artificial ingredients and preservatives - no fluoride, no parabens, no artificial colours or flavours, no preservatives, no sugar and no sulphates. Shelf life and stability was achieved from the base product (calcium silicate) and herbs were used to replicate the flavours.

Using the name ‘Grants’ (from the street in which they lived at the time), the finished products were produced by the local manufacturer and small batches were stored at home and sold in their own shops.

                                            

They gave samples to health product representatives who came to their stores and these representatives led them to distributors who Michael visited in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane and started to wholesale the toothpaste for sale into health food stores. One local distributor sold Grants Toothpaste  into Safeway, and in  1992 Mike secured a position for Grants Herbal & Mineral Toothpaste in Coles health food section.

From modest beginnings with one variety of toothpaste in several health stores in Melbourne, Grants toothpaste spread to nearly every health store in Australia and by the early 1990’s it was stocked in major supermarkets right across the country.

But their quest for more natural products didn’t finish with toothpaste. In 1995 they developed Vitamin B Liquid and Crystal Deodorant, and in 2009 they developed an alcohol free Mouthwash.

After a career in banking, Tammy joined her parents in the business in 2011 and continued the quest to produce affordable, natural products for the next generation of health conscious families.

                                                     

The oral care range now includes 7 toothpaste flavours: Mild Mint, Fresh Mint, Cinnamon, Xylitol, Propolis, Kids Blueberry Burst and Kids Strawberry Surprise, and a Natural Mouthwash and a choice of 3 bamboo toothbrushes.

              


The desire to establish the brand in the US led them to obtain Vegan certification (for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals). The Oral Care range now includes five toothpastes and a mouthwash which are Certified Vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation.

Export demand has grown steadily in line with increasing desire for natural and Australian made products and markets now include USA, China, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

As a small, family-run business in Melbourne, Grant’s believe it is important to give back to their community and support those in need. Each year they donate toothpaste to organisations that support people in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a basic commodity, like toothpaste. In 2017, they donated almost 4,000 tubes of toothpaste.

Their health food community customers also led them to animal welfare, and the support of organisations that are dedicated to animal rights and protecting their natural environments. In 2013 they adopted a koala through the Australian Koala Foundation and they provide vegan toothpaste to the direct-action crew aboard the SSS Steve Irwin, which is part of the world’s leading direct action ocean conservation organisation.

 
                   .       www.grantsofaustralia.com.au

July 2018 - Replas

Replas started from two companies that shared a passion for the environment. Repeat Plastics specialised in the collection of post-industrial waste while Australian Recycling Technologies concentrated on material collected from the kerbside - receiving the most prestigious award for environmental excellence in Australia, the Banksia Award in 1992.

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Both companies were developing the technology to take this waste material and recycle it, so it was a natural progression for them to join forces in 2001 as Repeat Plastics Australia (trading as Replas) and combine the unique expertise, products and manufacturing capabilities of both companies.

Replas has since developed world leading technologies that enable them to reprocess Australia’s waste into more than 200 robust recycled plastic products including outdoor furniture, bollards, signage, and decking. These products are resistant to termites, microorganisms and moisture, and will never split, rot, crack or need painting.

     

Replas boasts a range of state-of-the-art machinery ensuring they operate with a high degree of energy efficiency - using about 25% of the power that it takes to make virgin plastic. Also, as they do not wash the plastic there is no water used, and colour and UV stabilisers they add represent just 2% of the product.

They partner with many Australian companies, such as Dulux and Coles, who have taken responsibility for the plastic waste they create to assist them in reducing their environmental impact by ensuring their plastic waste is recycled and reused within Australia.

Recycling plastic not only reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, but it also eliminates the need to use precious natural resources. Human ingenuity has produced plastic. Replas believes the same ingenuity will produce solutions to using and reusing these products in a sustainable way and the purchase of these products by councils, schools, and industry will help to close the loop on recycling and create a Circular Economy.

July 2018 - Australian Ugg Boots

We started like so many businesses; with a passion and an idea. Initially retailers of this authentically Australian product, we sourced boots from a number of local manufacturers. And then things changed, as they always do. Suppliers began to cut corners, reduce their selection or move production overseas in the interests of cutting costs.

This meant the quality and variety wasnt consistent and sometimes just not good enough to meet our exacting standards. It was time for us to reclaim the quality and innovation in our industry, and so we set out on our own. We havent looked back.  We select only the highest end quality components, such as premium Natural Sheepskin, hard wearing soles and quality threads. All of this comes together to make the best quality boots you can buy.

Our boot makers are highly skilled in shaping and fitting the sheepskin down to the finest detail. Rather than an assembly line, each pair of boots is crafted from beginning to end by only a handful of people. This produces a remarkably comfortable, quality boot. Our wonderful staff are not just part of our team, they are now part of our family and our success story. We view our staff with respect and admiration. Its an honour to provide them with a safe, secure and enjoyable workplace. We believe in that great Australian philosophy of giving everyone A Fair Go.

For the benefit of our customers and employees, we are passionately committed to:

  • Keeping the great Aussie icon 100% Australian Made.
  • Quality before quantity in our materials and products we sell

www.australianuggboots.com.au 

April 2018 - ODS Glass

    

From humble beginnings in 2008, working out of an old ute and a borrowed trailer, ODS Glass has steadily grown as a referral based business and in 2018 had 20 people working full time in the company including 2 directors. 

The early days consisted of Marty fabricating windows in his driveway at night and installing them during the day. It is fair to say that the neighbours were delighted when the business had grown enough to support the lease of a small factory in Mordialloc. Further growth led to the need for more hands on deck, and as Marty was keen to engage and develop young apprentices he made many visits to schools and junior cricket and football clubs to promote the opportunity. He hired an apprentice and then a labourer, and then a tradesman who is now his leading project manager. More recently ODS has utilised the services of an agency and that has enabled them to maintain a steady apprentice base. 

But with the growth in business came the degradation of a work-life balance, and the arrival of his first child led Marty to seek a business partner to share the load. His brother Tom had completed a carpentry apprentice and had also found work in the commercial window sector.  With 5 years management experience in a commercial window company, Tom was the ideal business partner and the support Marty needed to get his life back into balance.

Today, ODS Glass works closely with architects, builders and suppliers to find ways to best meet their clients needs and requirements, including energy and acoustic ratings, aesthetic qualities and various building applications, and the implementation of forecasting tools has enabled them to supply their clients with a better service at tender stage and has helped them forecast their future work load for 6 to 12 months in advance.

Whilst they often compete with overseas imported products they have found that most clients like the fact that ODS Glass only use locally sourced materials and this has been to their advantage in winning work.

With a passion for design and meticulous attention to detail, ODS Glass focus purely on boutique residential, multi-level living and commercial developments. Business expansion has always been driven by their clients needs, and because they are highly selective in the locations and project partners they choose to work with, ODS glass can stand firmly behind a promise that they only create beautiful customised open spaces that they themselves take pride in.

Independently owned and passionately owner-operated, they are committed to ensuring that the delivery and installation of their products exceed expectations at every level and their focus on service means they build long-term client relationships, resulting in a deeper understanding of their needs and an inherent commitment to their projects. 

March 2018 - Gourmet Juniors

All Gourmet Junior products are manufactured in a HACCP accredited facility by a professional chef and their menu includes many traditional meals as well as finger foods that include proteins and carbohydrates to create a perfectly balanced and convenient meal that is independently dietician approved. Established in 2014 by Alecia Whitelaw after the new mum saw a gap in the market for premium, home-style convenient meals for children, Gourmet Juniors has enjoyed steady growth, with its first retail stockist coming on-board in February 2015. They now have 16 retail partners across Victoria and service an increasing number of weekly direct home delivery clients. They have received national recognition in The Age, Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald and The Grace Papers along with numerous blogs and publications. Since inception, they have scaled the business by continually working with their Head Chef to improve manufacturing processes that guarantee the quality that customers have come to expect. They also work closely with a qualified dietician to ensure that their products deliver the maximum amount of nutrition that is required for the age groups their products are designed for, so that parents can be 100% confident that they are purchasing nutritious children’s food. They are strong believers in driving the passion for good food from a young age and therefore feature an educational colouring-in image on all of their products to not only teach children about the real food that is contained in their meal but also encourage mindful eating. With a new range of products due for release later in 2018 and a key goal to expand distribution to interstate markets, Gourmet Juniors plans to continue its strong growth. Despite being a small business, they are proud to support the communities in which they operate and in 2017 they donated prizes worth over $2000 to kindergartens, day care centres, community organisations and primary schools.

http://www.gourmetjuniors.com.au

February 2018 - Co-Ex Films Pty Ltd

Co-Ex Films commenced in 1997 as a supplier of plastic bags and has since transformed into a supplier of plastic film for food packaging. Current owner Steve McNaughton took over the business some 15 years ago and whilst ensuring the business was fully certified to ISO900 and HACCP, and that their equipment was systematically upgraded to suit their customer’s requirements in a changing marketplace for food packaging, Steve has made the conscious decision to remain a small business, in contrast to his larger competitors. This has provided Co-Ex with a customer focus and agility that has provided a competitive edge. Co-Ex work with local raw material suppliers to develop import replacement products, ensuring the Australian industry can provide local jobs for local people. On many occasions Co-Ex and their partners have been able to replace import products to ensure a strong and robust local market for manufacturing. Co-Ex are also committed to environmental management and were one of the first companies to sign up for “Operation Clean Sweep Australia” to minimise spillages of their primary raw material - plastic pellets, and have become a role model and a case study for other plastics manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.

Contact Steve on 9587 5477