Sunfresh 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.
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.