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.

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