Wattleseed damper, lemon-myrtle iced tea, and dukkah made from Australian native ingredients are all popular products on the menu of a Gold Coast bush-tucker business that is expanding into new premises as demand grows for its unique range.
First Food Co is a specialist bush-food catering, manufacturing and retail company, which recently moved into a new warehouse and is now in the process of securing a larger commercial kitchen in Arundel as the business continues to grow.
First Food Director Karen Perks said the business is also looking to take the leap into export markets.
‘We are a fast-growing Indigenous business,’ Ms Perks said.
‘After just 12 months of operation, we have outgrown our original premises.
‘At the moment we are focusing on increasing our supplies to local wholesalers, but we are also looking at export opportunities.’
Ms Perks said the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was a unique opportunity to showcase Indigenous foods to an international audience.
‘The business has come out of a very busy period during which we provided fresh, frozen and manufactured catering supplies to the athlete’s village and Commonwealth House during the Commonwealth Games.
‘We also did a lot of catering for Reconciliation Week and another big event we were involved in was catering for GOLDOC’s Seniors Games.’
The event saw Queensland food producers showcasing their products to international food buyers from the USA, Middle East, South Korea, China, and South East Asia, with a view to possible export opportunities.
The First Foods Co manufactures a large range of products inspired by bush foods, including rosella syrup, lemon myrtle and coconut salsa, and wild plum chutney, as well as a selection of jams, relishes, sauces and spice blends.
Showcasing Queensland products to international markets is one of the initiatives of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.