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Company Profile2018-10-11T10:59:27+00:00

Your #1 Marketing Choice for Avocados and Subtropical Fruits

sunfreshboxes1Sunfresh is proud of its achievements as Australia’s top grower-owned marketing business. Our success with avocados has led to the expansion of our range to include other fruit such as mangoes, lychee, citrus, custard apples, persimmons, low-chill stone fruit and strawberries.

Sunfresh currently deliver more than 500,000 cartons or trays of fruit into every major market in Australia each year on behalf of our members and forecast an annual growth of 15 per cent.

Research and development is a high priority for Sunfresh. Our innovative thinking and focus on the future of Australia’s horticulture industry has seen us involved in a collaborative project to trial controlled atmosphere storage for the export of avocados to Europe.

Sunfresh has developed a thriving export business. Through our commitment to industry sustainability and the need to exceed our member expectations, we actively sought off-shore markets and built sound business relationships that saw us commence the export of avocados to Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand in 2001. Entry into the Middle-East and European markets is in the immediate future.

Quality Assurance

From the very beginning members have recognised that our biggest challenge is obtaining uniformity of quality and packing over all members. Quality Assurance and H.A.C.C.P. (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) program are essential for growers and our Co-Operative to obtain the best returns. Our Sunfresh QA program clearly defines the acceptable levels of all damage, non-uniform shape and presentation of your pack. The Coop is qualified SQF2000, (the highest standard), Woolworths Quality Assurance System, Coles Quality Standards and GlobalGAP. Members have or will be expected to be Freshcare accredited Approved Suppliers under the Sunfresh system. A program of internal and external audit of members packing, recording and orchard management procedures are in operation.

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At Sunfresh there is no compromise on quality.

We strive for the highest standard of uniformity in product quality and packing process from all our members—a reputation our clients have come to expect.

Meet Our Staff

Brent Chamber
Brent ChamberGeneral Manager
Brent comes to Sunfresh with more than 15 years of management and over 5 years experience in horticulture packing at Central Fruit Packers.
Brent has come from a successful packing facility catering for 3 separate commodities and the management of over 80 staff and hopes to bring this success and leadership to the Sunfresh growers and staff. Brent looks forward to providing direction and enthusiasm to Sunfresh and continuing the exceptional name the Co-operative has amongst its peers.
Louise Grech
Louise GrechAdministration Manager
Louise was born and raised in Mackay, where she grew up on the family cane farm. Louise has worked in a number of locations around Queensland and brings with her extensive experience in management, retail, hospitality and the service industries. Louise is responsible for the administration and coordination of Sunfresh marketing activities.
Dorian Pozzan
Dorian PozzanAccountant - CPA
Accountant Dorian Pozzan is no stranger to the co-operative business model having worked many years with a number of Maleny based co-operatives. Dorian’s extensive experience, gained in a number of industries in Queensland and the Northern Territory, will be most welcome especially with the commencement of the new on-site avocado processing plant at Coolum. Dorian, who originally hails from Bundaberg, has spent many holiday periods and weekends in his youth picking seasonal fruits as well as tobacco when that industry still existed. He states those experiences were a good incentive to further his education but also gave him an understanding of the many issues that face growers and farmers in general.
Tahnee Heidemann
Tahnee HeidemannAdministration Assistant
Tahnee is the friendly face as you enter the Sunfresh Coolum office. She provides administrative support to the marketing team and the general administrative running of the business.
Matt Grace
Matt GraceProcessing Production Lead
Matt is in charge of raw materials arriving for preparation and processing in our High Care Manufacturing Facility for processing Sunfresh Avocado Smash.
Kaye Lister
Kaye ListerTechnical and Grower Liaison Services
Kaye has extensive experience with quality compliance and management of systems. Kaye is the person to answer all your questions about Quality Assurance and she is the person you will see on farms.

Our Board of Directors

Tom French
Tom FrenchChairman - Sunshine Coast
Tom is Sunshine Coast born to farming parents, their parents having settled around Nambour in the early 1920s growing fruit and sugar. Tom is ex DPI (Soil Conservation and Development Planning), has served major mining companies in the environmental field, is currently an industrial relations professional, and in partnership with wife Pru grows avocados, limes and dragon fruit at Palmwoods. Tom is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors of Sunfresh, having held that responsibility from 2008 until 2016 and along with past chairmen, Brian Prosser, was intently involved in the successful trial shipment of fresh Hass avocados to Europe. Tom has represented Sunfresh at trade expos in Europe, South East Asia and Australia and has made representations on behalf of Sunfresh to Australian Government Departments and the then Horticulture Australia striving for export market access.

Previous Positions to Note

Chairman of Sunfresh Marketing Co Op

Raylene Beer
Raylene BeerGrower Director - Childers, Bundaberg
Raylene grew up on a mixed farm in the South Burnett. In the late 1970s her husband Rob’s employer commenced planting one of the first avocado orchards in the Childers district. During 16 years with Education Queensland Raylene completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) which complemented managing the finances of the school as well as their growing farming operation. In 2007 Raylene resigned to concentrate on working with Rob on their orchard. They currently have 2300 avocado trees on 38 acres as well as using their small packhouse to pack fruit for other growers.
Robert Price
Robert PriceGrower Director - Gympie, Mary Valley
Rob started out as a Wool/Sheep and Cattle grazier in the sixties on a family property in SW Victoria. With his wife Cecily, they became Information Technology professionals which took them from Victoria to Cairns, back to Melbourne. Rob managed IT departments in business and Local Governments which led him to Hervey Bay, where he gained a post Graduate Degree in Management and Information Technology.
On leaving Hervey Bay they purchased a property in Imbil which they have developed a horticultural business growing avocados and fingerlimes. He is currently on the Board of the Peak industry body for Avocados AAL representing the SC region.

Current Positions to Note

Board Member of Avocados Australia
Board Member of Mary Valley Co Op

Anthony Carusi
Anthony CarusiGrower Director - Far North Queensland
Anthony and his family have been on the tableland farming since the early tobacco growing days and continues to farm the families multi crop orchard. The farm now consists of avocado and lime, an orchard spread over 160 acres, giving them a 12 month harvest program. Anthony is currently an executive on the board of the Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and local Rural Fire Brigade Warden, as well as an active volunteer in the Mareeba International Club.

Current Positions to Note

Board Member of Mareeba District Fruit and Vege Growers Ass.
Warden local rural fire brigade

Jim Randall
Jim RandallDirector
Jim Randell began life on the family sugar/cattle property in the Mackay region. He attended secondary education in Rockhampton and continued his tertiary education at the early formation of CQU completing a BAppSc(Ind. Chem.). Jim joined the resource industry in Western Australia initially but later moved to NSW, QLD and USA in the resource area. He spent six years marketing resources in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, India and Pakistan. In recent years he also ran a number of QLD power stations.

All of this experience provided a broad exposure to business governance, industrial relations, finance, government and stakeholder relations.
Twenty years ago he purchased his own farm in Childers and developed an avocado, lychee and timber operation to return to the farming life. He continues to operate that farm today with his daughter preparing to run the farm into the future. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Health and Safety Advisory Committee for the Minister of Mines in QLD. In the resource role he also is responsible for a large pastoral company breeding cattle and producing forage and silage crops.

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